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.
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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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.
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 (215)
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.
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. 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: 7 days
Trip available on: 24 November 2019 30 November 2019
Spring Black Bear Hunt '19 Canada
We offer some of the finest Black Bear hunting in Saskatchewan. This hunt is sure to get your adrenaline pumping. Our hunting area is well populated with large black bear. Through the years, several of our clients have taken Boone and Crocket and Pope and Young bear. Our largest harvested was 21 9/16 B&C and over 500 Lbs. You will be hunting black bear, but don’t let the name fool you. In addition to black, these bruins come in all color phases: blonde, cinnamon, chocolate and mixed. Hunting is done over active baits from strategically placed tree stands with the average shot around 40 yards. Baits are set to accommodate all hunters and weapons. We can guarantee that you will see bear, and we boast a 100% success rate.
Trip duration: 6 days
Trip available on: 1 May 2019 31 May 2019
2019 Black Bear x 2 Hunt Canada
Our territory has approximately 70% colour phase black bears. Coat colours range from black to brown and cinnamon. Hunting black bears is done from the main camp using some vehicles to locate bears as well as hiking. All prices are subject to change. Each hunt includes picking up the hunters and returning them to the local airport providing the hunter arrives at the scheduled date and time. Each hunt normally includes one day in for arrival and one day out for departure. Your hunt will not be considered booked until a 30% deposit has been received. All hunts must be paid in full by June 1 of the hunt year Non hunting companion $250/day US
Trip duration: 5 days
Trip available on: 1 May 2019 31 December 2019
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