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? All hunts (293)
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.
Yacht Based Spring Coastal Black Bear United States
Hunt giant coastal Black Bears in Southeast Alaska’s protein-rich, salmon-fed Rainforest! We have hunts available in both spring and fall every year. Hunts take place from one of our Yachts that serve as "base camp." From there you access the hunting areas in smaller 16 -18 ft boats or “Skiffs.” Spring bear hunting begins in mid-April extending into mid- June. During the spring season, bears emerging from their winter dens venture to the shoreline and grass flats in search of the major source of food this time of year - new plant growth, kelp, and small crustaceans along the coastline. Hunting is a spot-and-stalk style. Skiffs launched from the base-camp vessel are used to cruise promising stretches of shoreline, or to access grass flats where bears come to feed, typically in late evening - often at last light. This is a totally free-range, fair chase hunt that brings you to some of the most magnificent country on Earth - with the added bonus of a chance at a phenomenal World-class Black Bear; often the size of Grizzlies! Hunters should be prepared to hunt in Simms waders and wading boots, and be able to walk at least 2 miles over slick, uneven ground. Shooting distances typically are under 100 yards and hunters should be prepared to shoot from many different positions as a dead rest is not always possible, and shooting sticks are generally not functional in our area. Good optics are a must, as many hours are spent sitting and glassing shorelines. There is always a myriad of wildlife to see other than bears - sea mammals, birds, and whales. Wolf season is open for much of our spring season and we recommend all hunters obtain a tag just in case you are lucky enough to get a chance at one. Our Black Bear hunts are typically 5-6 days long. Black Bear square from 7ft to 8 1/2ft+ with skulls ranging from 17 - 22 inch. Please inquire for available dates!
Trip duration: 6 days
Hunting season: 15 Apr 2021 15 Jun 2021
Spring Black Bear Hunt '20 Canada
Our goal is to take six hunters each season on a 1-on-1 or 2-on-1 basis. This will keep pressure to a minimum and provides a more personalized hunt with the guide outfitter as your guide. This is a great hunt for excellent bears. The days are long and there are bears of all colours and sizes. The main method for hunting these big bruins is "spot and stalk". Allan has had great success this way and nothing is more exciting than harvesting a bear by this method. We hunt rifle or bow on approximately 3,700 square miles of area, in central British Columbia, Canada, giving us plenty of habitat to find bears. We like to keep our groups small, booking four hunters at a time, but will make exceptions for larger groups, if requested by the hunters. Bowhunters can arrange to have a bowhunting-only camp. Hunts are based on two hunters to one guide. One-on-one hunts or longer hunts are available. Please contact us to discuss your options. 7 day hunt. 1 day in/out, 5 days hunting. This is a fantastic spot and stalk hunt. You cannot go wrong. (Larger groups or non-hunters can be accommodated) Price DOES NOT include: Hotel accommodation in Williams Lake prior to or after the completion of the hunt. (This is sometimes necessary and advisable. Due to the remoteness of our camp, we do not pick up clients for afternoon or evening flights. They will need to overnight in Williams Lake and we will pick them up in the morning and then make the trip out to camp during daylight hours.) $3000, second bear $1000 We would be willing to assess each request to see if we felt capable of fulfilling a disabled hunters needs.
Trip duration: 7 days
Hunting season: 1 May 2020 30 Jun 2020
5 Day/4 Night Black Bear Hunt United States
We offers a unique opportunity for hunters, especially bow hunters. With 600 remote wooded acres in the Ozark Mountains of Arkansas and an abundance of wild life, PFH provides exclusive guided hunts and lodging for an experience you will never forget. And, at a price that everyone can afford. Just real hunting as it was meant to be. Remote terrain and a large sustainable population is ideally suited for hunting bear.. Bait stations aid in patterning bear habits and provide photo opportunities for you to see your bear. Both stands and blinds are provided. Experienced bear hunting guides provided with no additional fee. Whether bow hunting, modern gun, muzzle loader, cross bow, or handgun, this is the hunting place for you. Whether its your first father-son hunt or an annual tradition, We are the place for you. Since we only book one group at a time, you are guaranteed an exclusive, safe, and enjoyable hunt. A black bear hunt is the ultimate hunting challenge, making deer hunting look like child's play. A black bear out matches humans with every one of their senses. Smell: A bear's strongest sense is smell. They can pick up a scent from over a mile away! That is more than seven times better than a bloodhound. Bears are considered to have the best sense of smell of any land mammal. Hearing: They have acute hearing that is about twice as sensitive as humans and over a large frequency range. Vision: Black bears are believed to see in color and have great up close eyesight; however, recent research shows that their long distance eyesight is not very good. They are likely not able to see details of a large objects further than 30 yards away.
Trip duration: 5 days
Hunting season: 1 Jan 2020 30 Nov 2020
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