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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 (238)

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 Baited Black Bear Hunt

Spring Baited Black Bear Hunt Canada

We take great pride when guiding his hunters and always gives them a successful hunt leaving them with a hunting experience they can carry with them forever. We can assure you that your experience with us will be a memorable one and one that will make you want to come back year after year. So if you want to experience a New Brunswick black bear or moose hunt with 5 star accommodations. Licence for bear is 180.00 (1st tag). Hunter has the option of purchasing a second tag when first one is filled at 750.00.

Trip duration: 6 days

Trip available on: 16 April 2019 30 June 2019

$1,950 for 1 hunter
Spg Bear w/ Hounds & Spot/Stalk 2x1

Spg Bear w/ Hounds & Spot/Stalk 2x1 Canada

Spring time in the mountains - it just does not get better. Temps in the 70's, rushing rivers, bursting greenery, and active bears. How about 6 days of combined hound dogging and spot and stalk for mountain black bears. We dog bears with our pack of treeing hounds during early mornings till the winds shift, and then relax through the warm part of mid day casting to rainbow trout. Evenings we grab binos, spotting scopes, and rifles and go in search of bears feeding in avalanche slide chutes and grassy meadows. Our first hunt also offers Merriam turkey hunting. Can add a second bear for $500. High concentrations of bears combined with two styles of hunting, beautiful weather, amazing mountain scenery, turkey and trout, and there is not a finer or more enjoyable bear hunt anywhere.

Trip duration: 6 days

Trip available on: 7 May 2019 15 June 2019

$3,500 for 1 hunter
Black Bear Hunt 2019

Black Bear Hunt 2019 United States

In New Mexico we hunt the black bear species. They vary in color from jet-black to blond, with cinnamon and brown phases also being quite common. Most of our bear hunting is done from horseback behind hard-driving hounds. We also hunt from the truck with strike dogs on top of the box. Stand hunting can also be productive in the right situation, and is sometimes selected for hunters who are not up to the rigors of hound hunting. The area we hunt in New Mexico is well known for producing large bears. We have taken many bears with skulls measuring more than 20 inches. We have consistently produced 80 percent success rates on these hunts. Bear hunts can be combined with a variety of other species including lion, antelope, elk and deer. Licenses are purchased over the counter.

Trip duration: 5 days

Trip available on: 15 August 2019 15 November 2019

$3,000 for 1 hunter
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