Black Bear


2016 spring proved tougher than normal due to an unusually early spring. He had two groups of hunters and both were scheduled for June, where as May should have been better. The 2 weeks provided 8 kills for 12 hunters, with nothing of extremely large size like in 2015. He did not take any fall hunters in 2016, but could take a group in 2017 and combine with some fabulous late September shing. He ran fall hunts for quite a few years with very good success.

Spring of 2015 produced 9 bears for 12 hunters, including 2 that should make the Boone and Crockett record book! All hunters had opportunities, with some wounding bears and most hunters saw 15 to 20 bears during their 6 day hunt.

2014 spring he had 16 hunters tag 14 bears and everyone had opportunities. 3 or 4 bears taken were exceptional with one having a 22 inch skull and the best weighed about 400 pounds.

6 day hunts are priced at $2,700 for rifle or archery and include nice cabin accommodations, meals, license and tax. The cabin is situated right on Tobin Lake and shing is just outside the door. The Saskatchewan River is also boat accessible from the lodge and it holds some fantastic walleye shing. He provides boat, motor and gas. Most bear hunters only sh about 2 to 3 hours per day and normally catch enough walleyes to keep busy, with some up into the 10 pound range. This lake also produces some monster northern pike in the 20 pound class.

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. 2016 openings are the last 2 weeks of May and late September. Hunt BL577.  BL577 Hunt Photos.



HCU has worked with this outfitter for many years and he continues to provide a top quality hunt with enthusiasm and hard work. In 2015 he purchased an additional 600 square mile area bordering his existing area, which had been lightly hunted, creating an extremely large area well over 1,000 square miles, more than doubling his bear hunting territory. The only problem with this hunt is availability that usually requires booking a year in advance. Book now for 2018 spring or fall hunts.

Spring of 2016 produced 26 bruins for 29 hunters, with everyone having an opportunity to kill a bear. Two of the unsuccessful hunters were archers and they both hit and lost bears, while an additional 6 bowhunters killed bears. Out of the 29 hunters 17 were land-based, hunting out of the lodge, and 12 hunters did y-ins staying in outpost camps with generators.

In the fall of 2016 he hosted a total of 20 hunters and all 20 took home a bruin, including 5 big boars weighing between 300 and 365 pounds.

In 2015, prior to adding the new area, he had 9 spring and 9 fall hunters that combined went 18 bears for 18 hunters. Top 4 went between 325 to 400 pounds and the largest green scored 21 10/16 inches.

Spring hunts are mid-May into June and fall dates are early September. 5-day lodge hunts are $2,900 plus $145 tax. Fly-in outpost camp hunts are $3,600 plus $180 tax. Bear license is $335. Airport pickup in Winnipeg is included. HCU’s Bob Wodzisz has been in these camps. Book now for spring or fall of 2018. Hunt BL372.

This same outfitter also offers ALBERTA SPRING BEAR HUNTS, where you can take 2 bears. Spring of 2016 was cancelled due to unprecedented extreme wild fires, with this turn of events both springs of 2017 and 2018 are booked full with new and rescheduled hunters.

2015 spring they hosted a total of 8 hunters spread out over 3 hunts. 13 bears were taken; including 4 over 300 pounds and 2 were crippled and lost. All hunters had the opportunity to ll both bear tags and 2 wolves were missed.

6 day hunt is $4,200 plus $210 tax and $342 for the bear license. Hunt BLAB372.



HCU works with two southern B.C. black bear outfitters located just above the Washington border, both with terri c 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 out tter 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.  BL140 Hunt Photos.

The second outfitter has been 100 percent for the past several springs on bears averaging 6 foot or better and best bears square 7 feet. 5 day hunt guided 2×1 is $5,000 or 7 days is $6,000. After your first kill a second bear can be hunted for $500 per day with no kill fee. Hunters typically see bears everyday and sometimes up to 10. Lots of bears. If a hunter hits a bear and he gets away the outfitter will get his dogs and bay him up. If the dogs cannot catch him he is not hurt too bad. Nice lodge accommodations and hunters get picked up in Penticton airport or they could rent a vehicle and drive across the border. Hunts can start May 1 up to June 31 and he will take up to 4 hunters a week for a total of about 12 to 14 per spring. Limited openings for 2017. Hunt BL292.



We work with 2 outfits that operate boat hunts. One is higher priced and typically takes really large bears, while the other is more inexpensive and harvest more normal sized bears.

This outfitter is high success with a bargain price for his spring hunts. The hunt is conducted off a 57 foot yacht 17 feet wide with 3 staterooms and a full time captain. A 28 foot boat with an enclosed cabin is used for actual hunting and then a zodiac with an electric motor is taken to shore.

Spring of 2016 produced 5 bears for 6 hunters and the top 2 squared 6’8” and 6’6”. The unsuccessful hunter crippled 2 bears.

6 day early June hunt is $5,000 each with a 2 hunter minimum and 3 maximum. Hunters overnight in Anchorage and are met the next day to get licenses and driven to Whittier where you boat a couple hours to the hunting area in Prince William Sound, no charter fees. Hunts do not include license, tag or fishing license. Openings are available June 7 in 2017. Hunt BL242.  BL242 Hunt Photos.

This outfitter only does fall hunts, no spring hunts, off his 50 foot boat and pulls an 18 foot skiff with 40 hp motor to access the shorelines. He hunts off the mainland beaches near his goat area.

2016 produced 2 trophy boars for 2 hunters. One squared 7 and a half foot and the other just over 7 foot. 7 day hunt is $7,000 guided 2×1 from September 1 to 8. Hunters are picked up and dropped off in Juneau. 2017 is booked. Call for 2018. Hunt BL907.



This longtime Newfoundland moose/caribou out tter had been taking a very limited amount of spring bear hunters (6 to 10) up until 2010 with great success on big bears. They didn’t run any bear hunters for the next 3 years and then in 2014 they took one and he scored. Spring of 2015 they got up and running again producing 12 bears for 9 hunters, including 2 weighing over 500 pounds, a 422 pounder, 2 at 350 and the rest coming in at 200 to 300 pounds. This includes 3 bowhunters that killed 3 bears and also crippled and lost 3. 4 of the hunters took 2 bears each, one hunter had poor luck and just did not get an opportunity and another hunter passed on a big bear early and didn’t get a second opportunity.

In 2016 they killed 3 bears for 6 hunters, a 548 pounder, 440 and a small bear. One guy hit and lost a bear.

Price is only $2,400 for a 6 day spring bait hunt plus license and tax, with nice cabin accommodations that are suitable to bring along a non hunting spouse for only $700. They typically run hunts from mid June to mid July and hunters can do some fishing for small brook trout right by the cabin or also in a nearby river. Fly into Deer Lake where you will be met by the outfitter. Hunt BL94.  BL94 Hunt Photos.



This outfitter has one of the largest bear hunting areas in Manitoba CONSISTING OF OVER 3,000 SQUARE MILES. He can take quite a few hunters over his large area and still take big bears.

Spring of 2016 his 48 hunters killed 44 bears with a couple bowhunters crippling bears and a couple repeat hunters passing while looking for really big bruins. Fishing proved very good last spring and non-hunting fishermen can tag along for only $1,050.

2016 fall season had 19 hunters kill 18 bears. The unsuccessful hunter passed on numerous bears. 16 boars and 2 sows were taken averaging 275 pounds and the largest went over 450.

2015 spring produced 46 bears for his 50 hunters with 100 percent shooting opportunities for all hunters. Best bear went 550 pounds and the top 3 went 7 foot or larger. The 4 hunters that did not kill were repeat hunters that turned down bears looking for bigger bears.

2015 fall 23 hunters tagged 22 bears with 100 percent shooting opportunities and the largest bear tipped the scales at 400 pounds.

Camp is located on the Winnipeg River so shing is right outside your door for pike, walleye and smallmouth bass. 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 $3,450 that includes lodging, meals, shing with boats and motors, skinning and preparation of your bear and airport pickup at Winnipeg. Not included is the 5 percent GST tax or $332 bear license. 2017 openings. Hunt BL522.  BL522 Hunt Photos.



Spring of 2016 he had 11 hunters kill 20 bears, all but 2 hunters tagged 2 bears each and they both killed. One bear was a monster with a 21 PLUS INCH SKULL. They killed 3 BEARS SQUARING 7 FOOT and 5 were off colored bears.

2015 spring produced 10 bears for 5 hunters, including 2 that squared out at an amazing 7 foot. This out tter has tags near his home in Unit 506 and also north in Unit 509, about a 50 minute drive from the house. 2014 spring he had 5 hunters up north and they took 9 bears, including 3 that would go 7 foot or better. He had 3 hunters near his home in Unit 506 and they only took 3 bears for 3 hunters.

This hunt allows you to take 2 bears so be especially selective on your second bear. Normally the main reason an outfitter takes really huge bears like this is because of a new area or he is up against an area that does not allow hunting, like a park, that he can pull old bears out of or his area is extremely under hunted. So if you are looking for a huge bear at a very reasonable rate that even allows you to take 2, you had better look at this hunt.

6 day May hunts for 2 bears including lodging, meals, guiding, license, tax and airport pickup in Edmonton is only $4,300. Hunt BL832.  BL832 Hunt Photos.



This out tter recently purchased a very large area that is the size of 4 outfitter areas combined, 680 square miles, near Meadow Lake in northwestern Saskatchewan. The area is well known for big whitetails and the bear hunting has not been hunted to any extent. Hunters that know northern wilderness bear hunting realize that areas that have not been pressured is where big bears reside. Last spring he took 2 bear hunters and both killed bears. The previous outfitter only had 9 spring hunters in 2015 and they killed bears. Super nice lodge accommodations with ATV’s being used to reach bait sites. Ladder stands are placed about 20 yards from the bait for archers and further for rifle hunters. Fishing is just outside the lodge door on a large lake with plenty of walleye and pike. Most hunters will sh in the mornings and hunt the evenings.

$3,300 plus tag and tax for hunters arriving on a Sunday, hunt Monday through Friday and depart Saturday. He will do 3 hunts throughout the month of May. Hunters fly into Saskatoon and rent a car for the 3 1/2 hour drive to the lodge.   Hunt BL304.