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Where to hunt Black Bear

The American black bear is widely distributed across the United States and Canada. Twenty-eight states and all Canadian provinces have hunting seasons for black bears, with Maine having perhaps the largest bear population of the Lower 48. Typically found in forested regions, this species is adaptable and often found near civilization. Which area for black bear hunting to choose depends on whether your preferred hunting method (baiting, over hounds, etc.) is legal, and whether you want a classic black skin or a different color phase skin, e.g. brown, chocolate, cinnamon, red, or blonde. Color-phase bears are especially common in the northwestern United States. A rare bluish-gray color phase in Alaska is known as the Glacier bear, and the all-white Kermode bear occurs on several islands in coastal British Columbia.

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For the effort that is involved in preparation of a successful black bear hunt, including preparing bait sites, training hounds, etc., black bear hunts are relative bargains. They start at about $1,500 and seldom reach over $5,000. The most expensive propositions you see on BookYourHunt.com are usually fly-in or boat-based hunts in Alaska, which often come as package trips with a number of other species included in the price.

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Learn more from our blog story

Baiting is by far the most popular way of hunting black bears. By studying tracks and marks, and checking trail camera images, the outfitter can have a pretty good idea what degree of success their hunters can expect. However, baiting is not as easy as it seems. Whether you’re planning a DIY hunt or hiring an outfitter, you’ll find our blog story on bear baiting useful.

February 15, 2018 Best Outfitters’ Bear Baiting Tips and Techniques

When to hunt Black Bear?

The big question for a bear hunter is whether to choose to hunt in the spring or the fall season. The spring season typically starts after the bruins get out of their dens in April, and can continue through June. Most hunters prefer the spring season because it offers a chance to hunt when most other hunting seasons are closed. Success rates are also often higher during the spring. The early part of the spring season works better for hunting over bait, as the bears make up for the winter fast. Late May to June is better for spot-and-stalk hunting: shorter nights mean bears move in the daylight more, and big males are bolder and more active because it’s rut time and they’re looking for sows. The fall season usually starts in September and goes on until the bears den in November. The closer to denning time, the better the skin and the fatter the flesh.

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Hunting methods All hunting methods (14)

Black bears are hunted by a wide variety of methods, depending on the terrain of the region and the regulations of the state or province. In some states and provinces, bears are hunted over bait with the hunter in a tree stand or blind. Some states allow bear hunting with dogs, and in other regions, drives are a traditional and successful method. In western regions, hunts are typically spot-and-stalk, and calling can also be effective.

Why hunt Black Bear? All hunts (277)

American black bears are typically the smallest of all types of bears, but in areas where food is abundant, a bear may exceed 600 pounds. They are usually less aggressive than grizzlies, but still account for quite a few maulings and even deaths each year. A certain degree of hunting pressure is necessary not only to keep the bear population in check, but also to keep them associating humans with danger, which acts as conflict prevention. Black bear meat (when it’s not infected with trichinosis) is a delicacy, and its hide, especially in an unusual color phase, makes a beautiful rug. A black bear’s sense of smell is excellent. Although its eyesight and hearing are average. they are very intelligent. Harvesting a black bear is quite a challenge, which is perhaps one of the greatest attractions of the hunt.

6 Day Black Bear Hunt 2020 1st Week

6 Day Black Bear Hunt 2020 1st Week Canada

This hunt is from Sunday night to Saturday, if needed. All meals and accommodations are included, you will be able to relax by the camp fire in the evenings and enjoy the crackle of the fire under the endless skies. All bait sites will be baited well in advance of your arrival. You will be hunting out of a comfortable tree stand setup. Hunt Dates are as follows; Sept 6th to 12th, 2020 Sept 13th to 19th, 2020 Sept 20th to 26th, 2020

Trip duration: 6 days

Hunting season: 6 September 2020 12 September 2020

$1,800 for 1 hunter
5 day Fall Black Bear/Fishing Sept 13-18

5 day Fall Black Bear/Fishing Sept 13-18 Canada

We offer exceptional opportunities for Black Bears. Whether you prefer a Spring or Fall hunt, our 100% past record comes from preparation done well in advance of your arrival to our camp. Each pair of hunters will be provided with their own personal experienced guide. We offer tree stands or ground blinds. You will hunt the remote locations along the scenic shoreline of the Winnipeg River. Hunters have their choice of using a bow, muzzleloader or rifle. This all inclusive 5 day hunt is from Sunday to Friday including accommodation, along with 4 day fully guided world class fishing for Northern Pike, Walleye and Small-Mouth Bass. This will make your hunting vacation a memorable one.

Trip duration: 5 days

Hunting season: 13 September 2020 18 September 2020

$2,950 for 1 hunter
Spring Black Bear Hunt '20

Spring Black Bear Hunt '20 United States

Our baited hunts are out of our camp just outside the Denali Preserve. We have comfortable blinds as well as cabins for sleeping and cooking. Trophies are up to 7 ½ ft.; This is a great spring hunt when combined with a Brown bear at $10 000 trophy fee.

Trip duration: 5 days

Hunting season: 1 May 2020 30 June 2020

$5,500 for 1 hunter
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