Where to hunt Bear
If you look at the BookYourHunt.com Hunting Map, you’ll see that bear hunting opportunities seem to cover all the Northern Hemisphere, from Atlantic to Pacific coast in North America, and from Kamchatka to Scandinavia in Eurasia. Three species of bear are legal to hunt at present. The black bear can be hunted all over the USA and Canada. Brown bear (grizzly) hunting opportunities exist in Eurasia, Alaska and the Yukon. The Himalayan bear can be legally hunted only in Russia.
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Bears are one of the world's top predators. From black bear in North America to the ill-tempered grizzly to the world's largest land predator, the brown bear of Alaska and Russia, bears have long been a passion and challenge for hunters. Let BookYourHunt help you fulfill your next bear adventure!
Black bear is the most affordable species to hunt, with hunts beginning at $1,500. On the other end of the spectrum are the North American brown (grizzly) bears that can cost $15,000 or more. Brown bear hunting opportunities in Europe and Russia may be as cheap as under $2,000 or as expensive as an Alaskan hunt, depending on location and hunting methods. Himalayan bear hunting costs between $5,000 and $7,500.
Learn more from our blog story
As you already know, there isn’t just one “bear”. As many as three legally huntable species exist, and even within the species there is much variation. What with color phases of the black bear, that can vary from black to almost white! Read how differences in habitat influence bear hunting - and bear hunting prices - in Russia.11 May 2017 From Europe to Kamchatka: Seven Options for Bear Hunting in Russia
When to hunt Bear?
Bear hunting dates depend on the bear’s greatest evolutionary adaptation: winter slumber. They center on the periods when the bruins are feeding actively to accumulate enough fat to last them through the winter (in autumn), or to make up for the fast (in spring). On the Pacific Coast the best opportunities for bear hunting often coincide with salmon runs.
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Humans devised many ways of bear hunting. Sometimes bears are taken with dogs, packs of hounds in North America or one or two dogs of local breeds in Eurasia. Spot-and-stalk hunting is also possible in the wide open spaces of the Arctic and the American West, and so is still-hunting along salmon rivers. Calling a bear by imitating the sounds of its typical prey (such as fawn in distress) may also be effective.But by far the most common way of bear hunting is waiting for them on high seats or blinds positioned near artificial bait or a natural food source, such as an oat field.
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Alisha Mutts DeckerAlaska, United States• 3 reviewsWith over 40 years of guiding experience in Southeast Alaska and Glacier Bay National Park, We are an exceptional choice for your next hunting adventure in the Alaskan wilderness. We were formed in 1974 by Master Guides Jimmie C. and MaryAnn. Over the years, the business has grown to be one of the largest professional Guide/Outfitter operations in the State of Alaska. We are a family-owned and operated, with Master Guide Mutts and Zach carrying on the outfitting tradition.View the outfitter page
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Brown bear, a.k.a. grizzly (genetic studies confirm it is the same species) historically occupied all temperate climate zones in Europe, Asia and America. Habitat loss and conflicts with humans have dramatically reduced its range. With the future of grizzly hunts in the Lower 48 still uncertain, the only two areas in North America that offer brown bear hunting are Alaska and Yukon. Russia is the prime alternative for an American who is looking for affordable bear hunting opportunities. Other countries where brown bear season is open include Estonia and Croatia.
Why hunt Bear?
Bear hunting is a very emotional issue, as you can see in all debates about hunting. In the ages past humans had many reasons to hunt bears: delicious and highly nourishing meat and fat, warm skin, and getting rid of an unwelcome neighbor that will not miss an opportunity to kill livestock, maraude fields, and may maul and kill people. All these reasons are far from meaningless today. But it’s an open question what is the biggest drive for bear hunters - meal, rug and trophy book entry, or the challenge and the excitement of overcoming an intelligent and dangerous opponent.
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