BL140

2 SOUTHERN BRITISH COLUMBIA SPOT/STALK BLACK BEAR OUTFITS

HCU works with two southern B.C. black bear outfitters located just above the Washington border, both with terrific success. Both are small family run operations that have been handed down from their fathers and get little hunting pressure. Both outfitters guide the majority of the hunters themselves and also do sheep, moose, elk, mountain goat and cats.

Baiting is not allowed in British Columbia so the main method of hunting is driving logging roads and glassing clear-cuts or watching feeding areas. If a hunter would like to experience hunting with hounds that is typically available, but most prefer spot and stalk. If a hunter wants a second bear the outfitter encourages the hunter to only shoot if it is larger than his rst bear. Color phase in both of these areas normally runs about 50 percent.

This first outfitter hosted 12 bear hunters spring of 2016 and everyone took home a bear and no one wanted a second bear. Some big bears were taken, but nothing of record book quality.

2015 spring produced 9 bears for 12 hunters in 3 weeks of hunts with 4 hunters per week. Two hunters had less than 4 days to hunt due to prior engagements, neither hunter scored. Other hunters either missed or passed on bears.

7 day hunt includes nice house accommodations, meals and guiding 2×1 for $3,000. Another great feature of this hunt is you can hunt a second bear for $1,000. Spring hunts run from May 1 to June 15. Hunters y into Spokane, Washington and rent a car for the 2 1/2 hour drive north just across the border, no expensive airline tickets or charter ights. Hunting license and bear tag is around $400 plus 6 percent tax. Next available opening is spring of 2018. HCU’s Bob Wodzisz has hunted with this outfitter.  Hunt BL140.