Here is a great option for hunters that like to be mobile in their quest for bears. This hunt is a combination hound / spot and stalk hunt in scenic southwest BC. A typical day sees guides and hunters departing in the morning to employ the hounds and then return to camp to eat and go back out in the afternoon for a spot and stalk hunt. May and June finds the bears eating grass in agricultural fields, meadows and logging roads.
This area has a lot of bears. Some hunters have seen 20 bears in a week. The majority are black phase but approximately 20% are lighter color phases. The hair is long and the hides are in great shape for this hunt. They kill some big bears here too. The average is 6 ½ - 6 ¾ feet with 7 footers taken each year. Shot opportunity has been 100% on mature boars.
An added bonus is that you can add a second bear onto your hunt after harvesting your first bear. The cost is $1500 for the second bear. This area also has several wolf packs and hunters that see a wolf may harvest it for no additional charge ($52 wolf tag required).
Licenses required are a non-resident hunting license for $189 and a bear tag for $189.
Includes: meals, lodging, guiding, airport pick up and drop off, field care of animals.
6 Day Hunt - $4200 for 2×1 guiding and $5000 for 1×1 Guiding – May 1 – June 30
Additional costs: $200 NRHPF and 2.5% tax.
Hunt in late August-September for Maine black bears. Hunt takes place near Baker Lake in northwest Maine where the outfitter has 350,000 exclusive acres to hunt. Hunting is over bait and can be by bow, pistol, rifle or muzzleloader.
This outfitter is the #1 bear outfitter in Maine for numbers of bears harvested each year. The kill rate has been 80% in recent years. Unlike many bear camps that just (over)estimate the bear’s weight, each bear is weighed so you know exactly what the weight is. Bears over 300 pounds are killed every year.
This is a great hunt for a young hunter. The minimum age to hunt bears in Maine is 10 and there is no hunter ed requirement until age 16. The outfitter really enjoys having new hunters in camp and goes the extra mile to see that they have a great hunt. Young hunters must hunt with an adult and double-wide “buddy stands” are available to use.
Even though this is a remote area, the camp has electricity, electric heat, and a shower house with flush toilets.
Includes meals, lodging, guiding, baited stands, skin/quarter/freeze your bear and time permitting, even cut up your bear.
Hunts are held starting the last Monday in August and running for four weeks. Hunters arrive in camp on Sunday and hunt Monday - Saturday. New stands are hunted each week.
This hunt is an excellent value and within driving distance of many eastern US hunters.
License cost is $102 for adults and $27 for juniors, the cost of the bear permit is $67.
6 Day Hunt - Week 1 - $1800; Week 2 - $1800; Week 3 - $1600; Week 4 - $1400
Guaranteed Hunt - $2800 - if you don’t get a chance at a bear - you come back the next year for free.
Hunt private land in the beautiful Bighorn Mountains of northern Wyoming. Bears average 180-250 pounds and 50% are color phase (shades of brown or cinnamon).
Wyoming bear licenses are over the counter with no draw required. However, there is a female harvest quota for each area. If the quota is hit, hunting ceases in that area. For this reason, it is recommended to book your hunt early in the season. A hunter’s safety card is required for rifle hunters if born after January 1, 1966 - not needed for archery hunters. Crossbows are legal to use in archery or rifle season.
Hunt is conducted from stands over bait.
Includes meals, lodging, 2 hunters/guide, airport pick-up and drop-off, transportation of meats and mounts to processing plant or taxidermist.
Spring Archery Hunts - May 1 - June 1 and Spring Rifle Hunts - May 15 - June 1
Fall Archery or Rifle Hunts - September 1-15
5 Day Hunt - $2000 - up to 4 hunters can be accommodated per hunt
5 Day Hunt - $3000. Hunts start May 1 and run until May 20 (turkey season ends May 20)
Spring hunts take place from May 1-31 or until the quota fills. All hunting is done over established baits with rifle or bow in the mountains. Color phase bears are common in the area. Come enjoy what spring has to offer in the Bighorns, you will see lots of elk and moose with their newborn calves. Shot opportunity has run 75%.
Fall hunts run from Sept. 1-15. Hunts take place in the mountains over established baits. Bears have long, even-coated hair by this time in preparation for the long winter. Shot opportunity is typically 75%.
Wyoming bear licenses are over the counter with no draw required. However, there is a female harvest quota for each area. If the quota is hit, hunting ceases in that area. For this reason, it is recommended to book your hunt early in the season.
Includes lodging, meals, transportation during the hunt, delivery of meats and mounts to taxidermist or processing plant, airport pick-up and drop-off (Sheridan airport).
License cost is $362 plus $12.50 conservation stamp. Crossbows are legal to use during archery or rifle season. A hunter’s safety card is required for rifle hunters if born after January 1, 1966 - not needed for archery hunters. Crossbows are legal to use during archery and rifle season.
5 Day Spring Hunt - $2500 (May 1- June 1 archery and May 15-June 1 rifle)
5 Day Fall Hunt - $2500 (Sept. 1-15 archery or rifle)
If you are looking for one of the best bear hunts in the lower 48, look no further. This hunt is located in the rugged Bitterroot Mountains and features breath taking scenery, no black flies and 50-60% color phase bears. Hunters may use bows or firearms.
This outfitter offers hunts from two different camps. The Unit 7 camp is a one bear hunt while the Unit 10 hunt has a two bear limit. Hunting at both camps can be done over bait or in combination with dogs. The dog hunt is held in the morning followed by the bait hunt in the afternoon. Hunters choosing the dog/bait combo should arrive in camp in decent shape as the Bitterroots can test a hunter’s stamina.
Unit 7 camp - this is a wall tent set-up with wood burning stoves, cots (with foam pads). This is the one bear unit.
Unit 10 camp - this camp utilizes small log cabins with a central log lodge for gathering and meals. There is also a shower room in the main lodge.
Spring hunts held mid-May - mid-June. Generally 6 hunters are in each camp per week. Success rates run 90-100% for one bear hunts and the odds of harvesting a second bear on the two bear hunts are 70-80%. A hunter may expect to see several bears during the week’s hunt. Bears average 5 1/2 - 6 1/2 feet in length and every year a few 7 footers are taken. Average weight typically runs 160 to 250 pounds.
All hunts include meals, lodging, airport pick-up and drop-off (Missoula, MT), guiding and caping. Cost for non-hunting guests is $950 if they do not accompany hunters to stand and $1250 if they plan to go out to stands.
Fall hunts are also conducted. Success rates (80%) are less than the spring hunts due to the abundance of natural foods in the fall. Fall hunts are held the 3rd week of September. Same price as spring hunts.
Non-resident license cost is $155 for a hunting license, $186 for the first bear tag and $32 for the second bear tag (if hunting two bears).
5 Day Hunt - 1 bear over bait - $2100
5 Day Hunt - 2 bears over bait - $3100
6 Day Hunt - combo hound & bait - 1 bear - $3500 or 2 bears - $4500
Add 9% sales tax/USFS use fee to above hunt prices.