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.15 Feb 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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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?
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 2021 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. You'll hunt 5 days minimum, arrival and departure days are limited due to check in/out times. No Sunday hunting in Maine.
Trip duration: 7 days
Hunting season: 7 Nov 2021 13 Nov 2021
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 - 4 spots May 25 to May 30 - sold out
Trip duration: 6 days
Hunting season: 18 May 2020 30 May 2022
6 Day Fall Bear Manitoba Canada
Our black bear hunts are in GHA 25-A on East Side and GHA 19-B located just West of Lake Manitoba in the South Interlake and also GHA 25 East of Lake Manitoba. Bear stands and baits are set on both private and crown land. You can hunt with a rifle, muzzle loader or archery. All four color phases of the black bear are found here (black, cinnamon, blonde and chocolate) with the black being the most dominant.
Trip duration: 6 days
Hunting season: 1 Sep 2021 31 Oct 2021
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