Coastal Black Bear hunting

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5 hunting trips from 2 outfitters starting from $3,900

5 hunts
$3,900 starting from
2 countries
3660km to the nearest trip

Where to hunt Coastal Black Bear

Coastal Black Bear refers to populations of the American black bear that inhabit the Pacific Coast of the USA and Canada. With an additional food source in the form of salmon runs, black bears of the area often reach impressive size. In addition, Pacific populations are believed to have a higher proportion of color phase animals, with brown, chocolate, cinnamon, red, or blonde, rather than black, skin color. The most famous of them are the Glacier Bear, a rare bluish-gray color phase found in Alaska, and the all-white Kermode Bear that occurs on several islands in coastal British Columbia. It’s Alaska and British Columbia where you book your hunt for the Coastal Black Bear.

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The Coastal Black Bear hunts are some of the most expensive black bear hunting propositions. They typically start at $4,000-$5,000, and may go as high as $7,000 for a boat-based hunt in Alaska. Considering the size and unusual colors of the trophies, as well as the expense of running the boat and/or remote hunting camps, as well as the unusual hunting experience, the price doesn’t feel unjustified.

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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 Coastal Black Bear?

As with any black bear hunt, the big question for a Coastal Black Bear hunter is whether to choose to hunt in the spring or the fall season. In Alaska and British Columbia the seasons usually start later than in the mainland. The spring season, that runs in May to June, is well suited for spot-and-stalk hunting. The big males are bolder and more active because it’s rut time and they’re looking for sows, and with short night the bears get to move during sunlight more often. On the other hand, the fall season, that usually starts in August and goes on until the bears den, offers an opportunity to hunt a Coastal Black Bear at a salmon run.

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Hunting methods

A wide variety of methods are employed for Black Bear hunting, depending on the terrain of the region and the regulations of the state or province. But Coastal Black Bear hunting in most cases is done by spot-and-stalk. In the spring season hunters glass the open sunny slopes or coastlines where bears forage for food. In the fall season they may use the traditional Brown Bear hunting method of still-hunting along a salmon run river. In some areas the guides cruise the coast on motor boats and skiffs, scanning the area for bears. Once a trophy bear is located, the hunters land and stalk it. The common denominator for these hunts is that, in contrast to many other black bear hunts, you may need to take the shot at long range. Contact your outfitter to inquire about expected shot distances, and choose your weapon accordingly.

Why hunt Coastal Black Bear? All hunts (5)

American black bears are typically the smallest of all types of bears, but Coastal Black Bears often reach an impressive size. 7’-7.5’ trophies are not uncommon – we’re talking Brown Bear trophy size here. The 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. And a Coastal Black Bear hunt, which will take you to the beautiful environment of the Pacific and offer you an active and exciting spot-and-stalk experience, is a black bear hunt second to none!

Boat Based Spring Coastal Black Bear

Boat Based Spring Coastal Black Bear United States

We invite you to gather up your hip boots and a good rifle and come hunt some of the finest black bear country in the world! These bears are fresh out from hibernation. They grow large due to the maritime environment that offers ample salmon, rock crabs, sedges, berries, and sea life. The long days and mild temperatures of Spring makes for easy days afield. Our big boat is base camp and we use 16' skiffs to spot from. It is common to see big boars chasing sows as they come into rut. The grouse are booming in the mountains, steel head are headed up the streams from salt water, the songbirds are back from their trip South. These days afield are the nectar of a new year beginning. A big boar black bear will give you a gorgeous trophy; and if you are game to try, the meat makes wonderful stew meat, swiss steak, and Summer sausage. This is a great trip for both the trophy hunter looking for a book animal and the young hunter desiring a first animal. Bears average 7', we get occasional 7 1/2', the largest are 8'.

Trip duration: 7 days

Hunting season: 21 May 2020 27 May 2020

$7,500 for 1 hunter
Spring Coastal Black Bear 2 on 1 Hunt

Spring Coastal Black Bear 2 on 1 Hunt Canada

The ultimate spot and stalk Harrison Lake has always been known for its big coastal bears…….Kiff originally hunted the area in 1998 and on the first day he was shocked at the number of big bears! It turned into a great day and even with just a map and no prior experience in the area, Kiff and long time friend Josh managed to take a 19″ bear. As with most coastal bear habitat, there are much larger and consistent food sources than you find in interior regions. Massive salmon runs, abundant berries and a temperate rain forest climate are the ingredients that grow big bears and Harrison Lake has them all! We offer first class spot and stalk coastal black bear hunts at a value not offered by other outfitters. Although the area is remote and rough, it’s proximity to Vancouver keeps the operating expenses much lower than most other coastal areas allowing the price to be comparable to an interior black bear hunt. On top of that you can upgrade your hunt to include a fully guided sturgeon charter and make it an unforgettable combination that will make everyday exciting even after your bear tag is filled. Black bear hunting is a combination of driving, walking and glassing feeding areas looking for a trophy class bear. Although the country is extremely rugged, old logging roads, riverbanks and lakeshores allow access with only minimal physical exertion so you don’t need to be an Olympic athlete to be a successful black bear hunter. These hunts are close to 100% successful so patience, faith in your guide and a steady shot are all you need to take home a coastal black bear in British Columbia with us. 2nd Black Bear can be added to most hunts for an additional $1000 ( $500 to hunt / $500 fee payable upon harvest)

Trip duration: 7 days

Hunting season: 1 May 2020 15 June 2020

$3,900 for 1 hunter
Fall  Coastal Black Bear 1 on 1 Hunt

Fall Coastal Black Bear 1 on 1 Hunt Canada

The ultimate spot and stalk Harrison Lake has always been known for its big coastal bears…….Kiff originally hunted the area in 1998 and on the first day he was shocked at the number of big bears! It turned into a great day and even with just a map and no prior experience in the area, Kiff and long time friend Josh managed to take a 19″ bear. As with most coastal bear habitat, there are much larger and consistent food sources than you find in interior regions. Massive salmon runs, abundant berries and a temperate rain forest climate are the ingredients that grow big bears and Harrison Lake has them all! We offer first class spot and stalk coastal black bear hunts at a value not offered by other outfitters. Although the area is remote and rough, it’s proximity to Vancouver keeps the operating expenses much lower than most other coastal areas allowing the price to be comparable to an interior black bear hunt. On top of that you can upgrade your hunt to include a fully guided sturgeon charter and make it an unforgettable combination that will make everyday exciting even after your bear tag is filled. Black bear hunting is a combination of driving, walking and glassing feeding areas looking for a trophy class bear. Although the country is extremely rugged, old logging roads, riverbanks and lake shores allow access with only minimal physical exertion so you don’t need to be an Olympic athlete to be a successful black bear hunter. These hunts are close to 100% successful so patience, faith in your guide and a steady shot are all you need to take home a coastal black bear in British Columbia with us * 2nd Black Bear can be added to most hunts for an additional $1000 ( $500 to hunt / $500 fee payable upon harvest)

Trip duration: 7 days

Hunting season: 10 September 2019 30 November 2019

$5,500 for 1 hunter
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