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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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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 Black Bear - June 11-17

Spring Black Bear - June 11-17 Canada

We are pleased to offer baited bear hunts in Quebec hunting zone 10. Zone 10 has one of the highest black bear densities of all Quebec hunting zones. As a result it has enjoyed a full unrestricted spring season for many years. Recently, due to the continued increase in bear numbers, Quebec 's Ministry of Wildlife and Parks has established a fall bear season as well. As a result, it is now possible for a hunter to harvest two bears per year, one bear maximum being harvested in each of the two seasons. In addition to hunting crown land, we have obtained private land owner rights to hunt highly productive fall crop land close by. We view our spring bait sites on a daily basis to be sure of the bear activity, this insures that you are hunting an active bait. We offer very flexible hunt dates to suite your needs and schedule. Let us know when you can hunt and we'll try to work things out to your benefit. A guide service is provided and your trophy will be skinned for a small additional fee. Hunting methods can be gun, bow, crossbow and muzzle loader. Our Black bear hunt is semi-guided hunt (drive the hunter to his stand, bait the site, comeback to get the hunter and is bear). The guide don’t stay with the hunter. The spring Black bear hunting season starts on 15th May, ends on 20th June. The semi-guided Black bear package includes 6 nights/ 7 days and 1x Black bear. Package price per hunter is $2450 CAD.

Trip duration: 7 days

Trip available on: 11 June 2019 17 June 2019

$1,831 for 1 hunter
4 Days Getaway Black Bear Hunt '19

4 Days Getaway Black Bear Hunt '19 United States

We use bait for our guided black bear hunts. Our expert guides bait in the morning while clients hunt in the afternoon. This black bear hunting package includes food, guide services, as well as a full service camp site.

Trip duration: 4 days

Trip available on: 12 May 2019 27 June 2019

$2,100 for 1 hunter
2019 Spring Black Bear Hunt

2019 Spring Black Bear Hunt Canada

Welcome. We are located in the heart of Beautiful New Brunswick, Canada. Our number one priority is to make our establishment your ultimate Black Bear hunting destination. Our Canadian wilderness has so many spectacular sights to see, whether it be a small trickling brook, waterfall, or lake, and of course, some of the best black bear hunting in North America, you will not be disappointed in all New Brunswick has to offer. Our staff is friendly, and will go to great lengths to make your experience unforgettable. We maintain approximately 30 bait sites, and many of our stands are set up at bow range. We also have ground blinds and rifle stand sites, and can accommodate any type of hunter. Hunting method options are: rifle, compound, long or cross bow, muzzleloader or shotgun with a slug. We are located in the top county for success with our past hunters having an 85% success rate and 100% sightings. The average adult black bear weighs anywhere from 250-600 pounds. With the purchase of a bear license, you can also hunt coyote (no limit) and the best small mouth bass fishing is available at no extra charge. 16 and 17 year old hunters are eligible to purchase a non-resident bear license if they show proof of a Firearm Safety/Hunter Education and proof of two year’s hunting experience if hunting with a gun, or a stand alone Bow Hunter Education course or a previous bow hunting license if hunting with a bow or crossbow. 16 and 17 year olds must be accompanied by an adult holder of a bear license with two years hunting experience. We have a limit of 8 hunters per week and only hunt the best 4 weeks of the spring season to ensure a quality experience. We offer a discount of $100 USD per person if there is a group of 4 or more hunters booking together.

Trip duration: 5 days

Trip available on: 21 May 2019 11 June 2019

$2,495 for 1 hunter
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