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Alaska Black Bear / Fishing Combo - Boat Based Transport DIY Hunt – Hunt #89-BB



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If you have a group of family, friends, clients, employees or co-workers looking for a shared adventure of a lifetime, look no further. You will call a 43 foot boat your mobile home for five days. The boat has showers, bunk beds and excellent meals. The Kenai Peninsula coastline will provide ever-changing and spectacular views. The area has a healthy black bear population and the cold waters team with halibut and rockfish.

This trip takes place in the spring of the year when the bears are out in the open feeding on green grass. The boat’s captain will take the hunters to where bears are typically seen and the hunters will glass the hillsides and shores in search of bears. Once they decide to hunt an area, an inflatable boat is taken to shore and the hunt is on. It is not uncommon for hunters to see 10-20 bears a day. Shot opportunity to date has been 100%.

Even though the boat owner/operator is an accomplished big game hunter that knows the area well, he is not a licensed hunting guide and cannot assist during the hunt. His company is a transport, and services, provider. Hunters will be hunting unguided and responsible for bringing their bears back to the shore. Bear meat must be salvaged prior to June 1. Beginning June 1, hunters need only recover the hide and skull.

On this hunt, the boat cruises around a good bit and many participants choose to fish daily. There is no additional charge to fish for halibut, rockfish and possibly king salmon. Your group may choose to have some of your party’s members hunt and some fish or mix up your days between hunting and fishing. The crew is very flexible. This operation has excellent fishing guides who know how to get fish into the boat.

Non-residents are permitted to harvest one black bear and Alaska residents up to three black bears. Glacier bears (blue phase) bears are NOT allowed to be harvested. Hunts are held May 1 – June 15. Hunters fly into Homer, Alaska and the hunt begins at the harbor there.

Includes: Transportation, lodging, meals and all fishing gear/bait.

5 Day / 4 Night Hunt - $12,500 plus 7.5% sales tax. This the price for the entire group regardless if your group is one person or five. If you have five hunters, it would be $2500 per hunter. A maximum of five hunters can be taken and they will not mix groups. Hunters leave Homer Harbor the morning of Day 1 and return the evening of Day 5.

Other costs:

$230.00 – Non-resident hunting license / 7 day fishing license

$450.00 – Black Bear tag (over-the counter)

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Alberta Black Bear / Wolf Hunt– Hunt #88-BB – Guaranteed Bear Hunt




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Are you looking for a black bear hunt that offers big bears and lots of bears too? If so, this one is an excellent choice.

This outfitter operates two bear camps in northeast Alberta. He is so sure you’ll get your bear that if you don’t have a bear within 20 yards, you can come back again for no charge. It is not unusual for hunters to see 20-30 bears in six days with some hunters seeing many more. This area has such a high density of black bears that each hunter is allowed to harvest two. Color phase bears typically make up 25% of the population. Wolves may also be taken for no additional charge.

This is a remote bear hunting area, and all bait stations are only accessible by 4×4 ATV’s. Stands are set up 15 to 20 yards from the bait site making them suitable for archery, muzzleloader, rifle, and cross bows.

Hunters are encouraged to only harvest large mature boars. These are bears that will square 6’ 10” or better with some exceeding 7’6″ weighing close to 500 pounds. The long term average is an incredible 7’1” squared with 98% of the bears making the P&Y minimum skull score of 18″. Long term skull average has been just over 19″ with numerous bears yearly scoring over 20″. The outfitter gives an orientation on judging the size of bears and also has “markers” at each bait site to help hunters judge size.

Each camp consist of wall tents, cots with foam pads, wood stove, cook tent, showers, outhouse and shooting range. Staffing includes two guides, a camp hand and a cook.
Five hunts are held each spring – the entire month of May and the first week of June. Four hunters per hunt is the norm.

Includes: Pick up and drop off at Fort McMurray, meals, lodging, in-field transportation, skinning and salting of bear hide. (Salted hides/skulls can be taken home as checked luggage).

License cost is $250 for 2 bear licenses and 1 wolf license.

Camp #1 - 6 Day Hunt - $4500 plus 5% GST, $600 kill fee on first bear and $1000 kill fee on second bear.

Camp #2 – 6 Day Hunt - $4000 plus 5% GST, $500 kill fee on first bear and $1000 kill fee on second bear.

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Maine Black Bear - Hunt #20-BB




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Hunt in late August-September for Maine black bears. Hunt takes place 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.

The kill rate has typically runs 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 - one killed in 2016 weighed 450 pounds.

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 wired electricity (not generator), 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 - $2000; Week 2 - $1800; Week 3 - $1800; Week 4 - $1600

6 Day Guaranteed Hunt - $3000 - if you don’t get a chance at a bear - you come back the next year for free. There is also 17% sales tax on each hunt.

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Colorado Black Bear – Hunt #77-BB




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The black bear population in Colorado is on the increase – so much so that one of my favorite outfitters is now offering a fall hunt during the September bear season. Only four hunters will be taken and the hunt will be held during the first week of September.

Many of the elk hunters I have booked here have seen multiple bears while elk hunting. Dozens of daytime bear photos are also taken each year with trail cameras on the hunting properties.

Both archers and rifle hunters can do this hunt. Bowhunters will watch trails and waterholes while rifle hunters will do that plus do some spot and stalk hunting if they desire. Coloration varies from blonde to black. Over 50% of the bears are color phase being blonde, cinnamon or chocolate.

The private properties owned and leased also hold elk and mule deer and bear hunters can expect to see these species and possibly hear elk bugling. This place also has an outstanding lodge and staff.

License cost is $102 plus a $10 habitat stamp. Anyone born after January 1, 1949 must have a hunter education card to apply – Colorado accepts hunter education cards from other states. Application deadline is early April but leftover licenses are available after the draw. A fishing license is included with the bear license and there is some excellent trout fishing nearby.

Includes: meals, lodging, 2×1 guiding, field care of your trophy and caping.

5 Day Hunt - $3000

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Alberta Black Bear – Hunt #83-BB




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Two bear limit per hunter. Hunts are held in the spring of the year. The majority of the hunting is done over bait.

This is a small family-run operation that only takes 9 bear hunters a year. The normal group size is 2 hunters per hunt with a maximum of 3. Hunting can be done using bows or rifles.

This area has a healthy bear population and big ones too. Every year they take bears over 7 foot. Approximately 1/3 of the bears are color phase being brown, cinnamon or chocolate. This is a great choice for hunters looking for a big bear, two bears or a color phase bear.

Includes meals, lodging, 2×1 guiding, baited stands, field care and skinning of bears, airport pick up and drop off at Edmonton airport.

Hunts are in May. $300 for license and GST.

6 Day Hunt - $4000

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Wyoming Black Bear - Hunt #01-BB





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Trophy Black Bear hitting the bait Wyoming Color Phase Black Bear Wyoming Black Bear
Wyoming Color Phase Black Bear Wyoming Color Phase Black Bear

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)

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British Columbia Black Bear - Hunt #63-BB




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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, in field transportation and field care of animals.

6 Day Hunt - $4000 for 2×1 guiding and $5000 for 1×1 Guiding – May 1 – June 30 or Sept. 10 - Oct. 30

Additional costs: $200 NRHPF and 5% tax.

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Wyoming Black Bear - Hunt #06-BB




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Wyoming Black Bear

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.

Can also be done as a bear / Merriam’s turkey combo in the spring.

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 - $2500 - up to 4 hunters can be accommodated per hunt

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Wyoming Merriam’s & Black Bear - Hunt #06-TBB




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Wyoming Black Bear
Wyoming Black Bear
What a great idea -  hunt private ranches for turkeys in the morning and bowhunt for black bears over bait in the evening! Bears average 180-250 pounds and 50% are color phase (shades of brown or cinnamon). Turkey licenses and bear licenses are both over the counter so no draw is required. Wyoming has a quota for female bears killed in each region. If the quota is hit, hunting ceases in that area. The quota is not normally hit during the dates of this hunt.
One turkey and one bear limit. Up to four hunters per hunt with a maximum of eight hunters per season. Includes guide, lodging, meals, trophy drop-off at taxidermist, pick-up and drop-off at Sheridan airport.
Crossbows are legal to use. License cost is $362 for bear and $72 for turkey plus a $12.50 conservation stamp. A hunter’s safety card is required for firearm hunters if born after January 1, 1966 - not needed for archery hunters.

5 Day Hunt - $3200. Archery bear season is May 1 - June 1 and rifle bear season is May 15 - June 1. Turkey season ends on May 20.