#1 MANITOBA BEAR HUNT
$3800 SPRING OR FALL
This outfitter has been in the business since he was a kid and has become one of the top Canada bear outfitters. With plenty of well-run bait stations and lots of cameras he knows where to put you and what to expect. He has well over 1,000 square miles of hunting concession plus nice lodge accommodations with good home cooked meals adding up to a super high success memorable experience.
2022 spring had quite a few hunters wanting to come as the pandemic caused the border closure the previous two springs. His land-based hunt killed 35 bears for 40 hunters, had some misses and everyone had opportunities. Best bears went an incredible 590 pounds, 418, 408 and quite a few 300 pounders plus.
He also did 3 fly-in hunts with 3 hunters per hunt. They finished 8 for 9 and the unsuccessful hunter missed. Several big bears were taken on this hunt.
2022 fall season finished with all 18 hunters tagging bears, including a 435 pounder, 408, 405, 373, 355, 330 and the rest were all pretty good bears.
2021 spring season was postponed due to border closure with the pandemic.
2021 fall season he had 25 bear hunters tag 25 bears and the top 7 weighed over 350 pounds.
Spring hunts are mid-May into June and fall dates are early September. 5 day lodge hunts are $3,800 plus $180 GST tax, $126 PST tax, $335 for bear license and $40 fishing license. Hunters fly into Winnipeg and rent a car.
Most bear outfitters have plenty of openings, but due to repeat bookings his openings are very limited.
2023 is booked full and 2024 is half booked, so call ASAP. HCU’s Bob Wodzisz has been in these camps. Hunt BL372. BL372 Hunt Photos.
This same outfitter also offers ALBERTA SPRING BEAR HUNTS, where you can take 2 BEARS FOR ONLY $4,400. This hunt is an adventure with a nice tent camp.
2022 spring he ran 3 hunts totaling 9 hunters and 13 bruins were tagged, including some big bears, with every hunter having an opportunity to take a second bear.
6 day hunt is $4,400 plus $210 tax and $342 for the bear license. 2023 has some openings. Hunt BLAB372.
SASKATCHEWAN SPRING BEAR $3700
INCLUDES FISHING W/BOAT/MOTOR
Here is a bargain priced Saskatchewan bear hunt with an awesome outfitter that takes a small number of hunters each year with a high amount of bear sightings and includes fishing.
2022 spring he hosted 15 bear hunters and they tagged 13 or 14, with everyone seeing bears and one or two passed. Two Boone and Crockett bears were taken, along with several Pope and Young book heads.
2021 no spring hunt as border was still closed due to pandemic.
2020 Canada border was closed due to Corona virus pandemic.
2019 spring produced an exceptional amount of bear sightings, and some evenings hunters were seeing up to 10 bears. His 14 hunters, most repeats, passed on lots of bears and only killed 9. Most were bowhunters and a monster chocolate bear taken weighed over 500 pounds with a skull over 21 inches. Color phase bear numbers also were up.
6 day hunts are priced at $3,700 for rifle or archery plus license $315, and include nice cabin accommodations and meals. The cabin is situated right on Tobin Lake, known for large walleyes. The Saskatchewan River is also boat accessible from the lodge and it holds some fantastic walleye fishing. He provides boat, motor, and gas. Most bear hunters only fish about 2 to 3 hours per day and normally catch enough walleyes to keep busy.
Spring hunts start mid-May and finish mid-June. Saskatoon airport pickup is available for $400 per vehicle round trip or rent a car for the 3 1/2 hour drive. Hunt BL577. BL577 Hunt Photos.
NORTH CAROLINA FALL BLACKIES
$6000 NEAR 100 PERCENT
This outfitter has 15,000 private acres that is bordered on 3 sides by a 110,000 acre National Wildlife Refuge that does not allow any hunting. If you want to stay in the states this east coast hunt is your ticket.
2022 at press time they were 100 percent success with all hunters tagging a bruin. Best bear weighed in at 313 pounds with an overall average of 200 plus pounds.
2021 he had 26 hunters kill 21 bears, 2 bears were hit and lost, and 3 hunters passed. Best bear went 300 pounds.
Hunts are 3 1/2 days at $6,000 except for December hunts, and they can stay a day longer and are priced less. All gun hunts, no archery, with 20 bait sites.
Season runs from November 11 to 25 and again from December 9 to 23. He typically runs 4 hunts in November and 1 in December. Hunters fly into Greenville or Raleigh and rent a car for the 2 hour drive. Past clients have first right to rebook before openings come available. Call for 2023 openings. Hunt BL578.
BRITISH COLUMBIA SPRING BLACKIES
$4950 SPOT AND STALK – NO BAITS
SECOND BEAR $1500
2022 PRODUCED MONSTER BEARS
This wilderness hunt takes place about 300 miles north of Prince George on Usilika Lake. Beautiful scenery combined with some fishing just out the cabin door makes for a very memorable hunt. British Columbia does not allow baiting, so the main method of hunting is driving logging roads and glassing clear-cuts or watching feeding areas. Plenty of bears are seen and success continues near or at 100 percent.
2022 spring had around 25 hunters tag 30 or so bears, not everyone wanted a second bear. Size was incredible with the average bear squaring near 7 foot. Best bear went 7’8”.
2021 spring was still closed due to the virus.
2020 spring season was closed due to the corona virus.
2019 over the course of 6 weeks all 26 hunters were successful, and 10 hunters killed a second bear. The average bear squared out a little over 6 1/2 feet, with a few taken over 7 foot.
5 hunting days is $4,950 guided 2×1 or $5,950 for 1×1 and a second bear can be taken for an additional $1,500. Hunts start second week of May and continue into June. This hunt is normally done out of his Usilika Lake lodge where you can fish in the mornings and hunt from 4 to 10 pm in the evenings. Additional costs are license, tag and 5% GST tax.
Hunters fly into Prince George, overnight and get picked up the following day, no charter flights. Hunt BL4.
ALASKA BLACK BEAR BOAT HUNT
$8500 7 DAYS JUNE OR SEPTEMBER
This younger energetic outfitter only takes a couple black bear hunters per year. He conducts his hunts south of Juneau on the mainland coastline, mostly operating off a 45 foot hunting boat typically pulling along an 18 foot skiff with 40hp motor to access the shorelines.
2022 spring he took a single black bear hunter, and he killed a 7 foot plus bear.
Spring black bear is in June and hunters normally see bears daily and the spring requires less walking than the fall hunt. Spring is mostly cruising shorelines and fall is more hiking up streams.
This outfitter is very experienced and has guided many brown bear hunters along with mountain goat. $8500 7 hunting days either June 1 or September 1.
Hunters are picked up and dropped off in Juneau. Hunt BL838.
MANITOBA BLACK BEARS/FISHING
6 DAYS SPRING OR FALL
INCLUDES BOATS/MOTORS $4550
This outfitter has one of the largest bear hunting areas in Manitoba consisting of over 3000 square miles. Bear sizes are good with an overall average of 250 plus pounds squaring around that magical 6 foot mark.
2022 spring season he had 49 hunters and all but two shot at bears and four were hit and not recovered. Best bear weighed in at 503 pounds.
2022 fall he hosted 21 hunters, and all were successful except two old repeat hunters holding out for exceptionally large bears. Several taken topped 400 pounds.
2021 spring border was still closed due to pandemic.
Fall of 2021 he hosted 45 hunters, and they killed 42 bears, crippled 2 and one hunter passed looking for a particular bear. Best bear went close to 500 pounds, and several were taken in the 350 to 400 pound class.
Camp is located on the Winnipeg River with fishing for pike, walleye and smallmouth bass. He normally takes up to 12 hunters per week. Spring fishing is typically best, and non-hunting fishermen can tag along for only $1,050. You will be transported to and from your remote bait site by ATV. Average shots are about 20 yards for either gun or bow. We like the spring hunts from mid-May to June and the fall hunts from late August to September 10. Opportunity has been close to 100 percent spring or fall and color phase runs about 10 percent for chocolate or cinnamon.
He offers a 6 day full service guided hunt for $4,550 that includes lodging, meals, fishing with boats and motors, skinning and preparation of your bear and airport pickup at Winnipeg. Not included is the $335 bear license and 5 percent GST tax. Hunt BL522.
NEW BRUNSWICK BEAR $2150
MAINE BEAR BAIT $2150
MAINE BEAR W/DOGS $2850
Here is a budget friendly bear hunt that typically provides both bow and gun hunters with very high shot opportunities to take a bear and includes fishing.
2022 New Brunswick spring had 48 hunters kill 37 bears with most hunters having an opportunity. Spring bears average around 150 pounds, and they typically take a few at 300 pounds or better. Permanent tree stands are setup for both bow and gun, along with some ground blinds for longer shots.
5 days $2,150 includes meals, lodging, 3×1 guide service and run from May to mid-June. Arrive Sunday, hunt Monday to Friday and depart on Saturday. Main lodge for dining along with 3 cabins located on a pristine lake. A second bear can be taken for $1,075. Bear license is $188 plus fishing license at $48.
They do not guide fishermen, but they do provide boats, motors and gas at no additional charge. Bring your own life jackets, fishing rods and tackle. Fish for landlocked salmon, smallmouth bass, white perch and pickerel then head out for your afternoon bear hunt. Hunt BLNB322.
This same outfitter also offers a fall bear hunt in Maine with about 80 percent success over bait for $2,150. He also does hound hunts that have been 100 percent for $2,850. Hunt BLME322.