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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 (12)

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 (191)

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.

2019 Fall Black Bear Hunt

2019 Fall 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 2 weeks of the fall 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: 3 September 2019 16 September 2019

$2,495 for 1 hunter
Newfoundland Moose/Bear Combo Hunt 2019

Newfoundland Moose/Bear Combo Hunt 2019 Canada

Our hunt starts on Monday. If you are flying into Newfoundland via Deer Lake Regional Airport, plan to arrive on Saturday. We can arrange hotel bookings and you pay upon check-out. On Sunday, ground transportation will be provided to Peter Stride’s Pond, from where we fly you into our camp. On-site transportation is provided by boats and Argos. The use of boats allow us cross ponds to get to desired hunting grounds quickly and easily. Our boats are strategically placed to give guests easy access to prime hunting areas. The Argos are hardy vehicles ideally suited to get through the roughest terrain in the area, yet still be able to accommodate a guide, hunter and their animal. Moose is Newfoundland’s most popular big game animal and can weigh up to 1,200 lbs. With some of the highest moose populations in North America, it’s no wonder that Newfoundland is the destination for serious big game hunters. You will hunt from our main lodge or one of our spike camps. We mainly use spot and stalk technique. Let our experienced guides call out a moose on your next hunt with us. Combination of genetics, excellent habitat and very low hunting pressure make the Newfoundland Black Bear bigger than any of its North American cousins. These magnificent predators make for a challenging hunt for the knowledgeable, fearless, and experienced hunter. Please note: This is offered as a stumble-on hunt only, with no baits. When you successfully complete your hunt, the animal is de-boned in the field and placed in bags. Your guide will use a boat and/or Argo to get your meat back to the lodge as soon as possible for hanging in our meat shed. The meat is checked regularly until it is flown out of our camp

Trip duration: 6 days

Trip available on: 10 September 2019 30 November 2019

$7,705 for 1 hunter
Spring Black Bear Hunt '20

Spring Black Bear Hunt '20 Canada

Our goal is to take six hunters each season on a 1-on-1 or 2-on-1 basis. This will keep pressure to a minimum and provides a more personalized hunt with the guide outfitter as your guide. This is a great hunt for excellent bears. The days are long and there are bears of all colours and sizes. The main method for hunting these big bruins is "spot and stalk". Allan has had great success this way and nothing is more exciting than harvesting a bear by this method. We hunt rifle or bow on approximately 3,700 square miles of area, in central British Columbia, Canada, giving us plenty of habitat to find bears. We like to keep our groups small, booking four hunters at a time, but will make exceptions for larger groups, if requested by the hunters. Bowhunters can arrange to have a bowhunting-only camp. Hunts are based on two hunters to one guide. One-on-one hunts or longer hunts are available. Please contact us to discuss your options. 7 day hunt. 1 day in/out, 5 days hunting. This is a fantastic spot and stalk hunt. You cannot go wrong. (Larger groups or non-hunters can be accommodated) Price DOES NOT include:  Hotel accommodation in Williams Lake prior to or after the completion of the hunt.    (This is sometimes necessary and advisable. Due to the remoteness of our camp, we do not pick up clients for afternoon or evening flights.  They will need to overnight in Williams Lake and we will pick them up in the morning and then make the trip out to camp during daylight hours.) $3000, second bear $1000 We would be willing to assess each request to see if we felt capable of fulfilling a disabled hunters needs.

Trip duration: 7 days

Trip available on: 1 May 2020 30 June 2020

$3,000 for 1 hunter
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