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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 (239)

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.

Spring Grizzly/ Black bear combo hunt

Spring Grizzly/ Black bear combo hunt United States

This 7 day all inclusive cabin based hunt takes place on the edge of the 13 million acre Wrangell-St.Elias National Park & Preserve, near the Copper River, famous for it’s huge run of sockeye salmon. Due to thick brush and rugged landscape we generally hunt over bait which allows for better shot placement and more time to judge the size and quality of your trophy bear. You can expect some long days in the stand but your patience will be rewarded with the opportunity to watch multiple bears and a chance to harvest the trophy of a lifetime. ATV's are used to access the the area. If you do not have any experience operating an ATV we will teach you some basic operating skills before going into the field. After the hunt you can spend your time fishing in the area's many lakes, sightseeing, exploring, or just relaxing at the bunkhouse. Outfitter will take possession of any black bear meat that is required to be salvaged unless prior arrangements have been made. Contact the Outfitter for more details.

Trip duration: 7 days

Hunting season: 13 May 2020 15 June 2020

$12,500 for 1 hunter
Spring Bear Hunt 2020

Spring Bear Hunt 2020 Canada

Experience the excitement and exhilaration of a real Canadian bear hunt. With us you'll trek into the Alberta wilderness for a six-day camping and hunting adventure. While there, you will enjoy all the savage beauty of a Canadian forest filled with moose, deer, grizzly and black bears, and even wolves. If you've always wanted to experience hunting bears in the wilderness, our hunters will be happy to be your guides. You'll experience our North-Central Alberta, Canada, hunting zone, where there is little local pressure on the bears since it is a non-baiting zone. It is also a two-bear area, and even better, choosing this region for a black bear hunt gives you a chance of finding a color phase bear, since some of the rare colorings can only be found farther north. We also include a wolf license in the price of your hunt. Our hunts are six days long, from Monday to Saturday. We also provide a hotel room in Barrhead the Sunday night before the hunt and the Saturday night after the hunt. Hunting dates available: May 18 to May 23 May 25 to May 30

Trip duration: 6 days

Hunting season: 18 May 2020 30 May 2020

$3,500 for 1 hunter
5 Day Bear Hunt

5 Day Bear Hunt United States

I have guided hunts for the last 20 years. The hunts take place on Philmont Scout Ranch, a very well know ranch located in the Sangre de Cristo mountains in north eastern New Mexico. We guide bear and mountain lion hunts with hounds. Travel is on a side by side or horseback for those who want the horseback experience. I have over half a million acres of private land that I hunt. I also hunt a few other ranches that are not Philmont but are ranches on private land located in New Mexico. All the hunts are a five day hunt. Bear hunts are $4,ooo . This price does not include meals and lodging. We have meals and lodging available for and additional $1,000 per hunt. A non refundable 40 % deposit is required upon booking. The remaining balance is due 30 days prior to arrival for the hunt. The hunt can be rescheduled the same year if an opening is available. If the hunt is booked the following year there is a 10% administrative fee.

Trip duration: 5 days

Hunting season: 16 August 2019 31 October 2020

$4,000 for 1 hunter
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