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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. Although 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 blond. 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, what with 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 also 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 recently by checking trail cam 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, and 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 the spring or the fall season. The former typically starts after the bruins get out of their dens in April, and may last until June. Most hunters prefer the spring season, because it offers a chance to hunt when most other hunting seasons are closed, and also offer somewhat higher success rates. The early part of the spring season works better for hunting over bait, as the bears make up for the winter fast, and the 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, and the closer to denning time, the better the skin and the fatter the flesh.

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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.

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Why hunt Black Bear? All hunts (245)

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 (where 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, but intelligence makes up for that, and harvesting a black bear is quite a challenge, which is perhaps the greatest attraction of the hunt.

Spring Baited Black Bear 2/1, 2019

Spring Baited Black Bear 2/1, 2019 Canada

The black bears of Newfoundland and Labrador tend to be bigger due to a genetic predisposition and low hunting pressures. Here, you’ll find approximately 10,000 of North America's black bears, some topping a whopping 650 pounds. There are two black bear seasons - one in the spring and one in the fall with rifle or bow. Baited bear 6 nights, and 5 days Hunting/fishing days 2/1 guided Guests will arrive at our lodge a day before hunting, and leave the day after their hunt is finished..No hunting on travel days. Your gear should include a good sleeping bag suitable for cold climate as temperatures may vary that time of year and a good pair of rubber boots about 15" high. A good suit of waterproof clothing, a pair of binoculars and a camera are also good things to bring Non Hunting guest welcome for $1000 USD 2 Bears for $4000 ​

Trip duration: 6 days

Trip available on: 3 June 2019 24 June 2019

$2,800 for 1 hunter
Spring Black Bear Hunt

Spring Black Bear Hunt Canada

Our Black Bear population is at an all time high. Each client is able to harvest two Bears. This area is known for light coloured Bear ranging from blonde to black. Our harvest consists of 70% coloured bear on average. Success is 100% on a big Bear.

Trip duration: 6 days

Trip available on: 1 May 2019 30 June 2019

$4,000 for 1 hunter
Whitetail/Bear/Coyote Combo 2019

Whitetail/Bear/Coyote Combo 2019 United States

This is a semi-guided economy hunt for a Maine whitetail buck with the option for black bear and coyote as additional opportunities. The black bear season overlaps with firearm season on deer in Maine and IFW allows hunters to take a late-season, fair chase bear during the deer hunt. While not the primary species on this hunt, every camp usually has at least one hunter come in contact with a black bear while deer hunting here on Tucker Ridge. Big northeastern coyotes are also prevalent in the area and provide added hunting value. We'll help get you set up on good sign and you'll hunt on your own. We'll also help with field care and tagging if you are successful. We can provide you a stand or blind, or you can bring your own. This is hunt is a popular option for experienced deer hunters looking to save a few dollars. This hunt is a great way to get introduced to hunting Maine for the first time on a budget.

Trip duration: 6 days

Trip available on: 3 November 2019 30 November 2019

$850 for 1 hunter
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