Black Bear


Spring of 2018 produced 100 percent success for about a dozen hunters and most everyone that wanted a second bear was successful, although a few were hit and lost. He takes both gun hunters and archers and normally about 90 percent of the archers kill Pope and Young bears.

Spring of 2017 he had 8 bowhunters and 4 rifle hunters. Everyone killed 2 bears except 2 repeat rifle hunters that tagged big bears and were not interested in killing a second.

This is an ALL INCLUSIVE HUNT meaning your bear license, taxes and hunter preservation fund are included in the price of $4,500, saving you approximately $550. He has an extremely large remote area consisting of 9,000 square miles north of Lesser Slave Lake, virtually untouched.

7 days, 6 hunting, starting on a Sunday mid May and finishes June 15. Sundays are transfer days and bugs are not bad especially in May. Average bear harvested is 6 foot 3 inches, with some going over 7 foot, and depending on the year color phase can be 20 percent or as high as 40 percent. May is best for archers and hunters typically see more bears than the later dates, but late hunts can produce some monster bears. Fishing season opens May 15, but remember this is a hunting trip. If you intend to fish one of the lakes bring your tackle and purchase a license, same goes for a wolf tag.

Accommodations are wall tents with heat, tarps for the floor, electricity, cots with foamies, shower and a cook tent. He can accommodate up to 6 hunters per week. He normally has 45 to 60 bait sites, using trucks with quads to access mostly ladder stands. Hunters fly into Edmonton and rent a car for the 4 1/2 hour drive to camp. 2019 availability. Hunt BL805.   BL805 Hunt Photos



This is one of the hardest working and detail oriented outfitters in the business. He doubled the size of his area a few years ago and now has over 1,000 square miles. His property is lightly hunted ensuring high success on quality bears. Nice lodge accommodations with good home cooked meals. Most bear outfitters have openings, but normally this hunt is booked full so hunters need to book a year in advance.

2018 spring produced 24 bears for his 25 hunters on his lodge land-based hunt. The only unsuccessful hunter passed two times on a big mature bear and then he never came back to the bait. He did see plenty of other bears including a couple color phase, but went home empty. The largest bears taken were a 470 pounder with a 21 1/4 inch skull, 350, 330 and a 310.

The outfitter did 9 fly-in hunters and they killed 7 bears. One hunter crippled and the other passed on several bears. Top 2 bears weighed over 350 pounds. Fly-in hunts are $3700 due to added expenses.

2018 fall he had 15 hunters put 15 bears in the salt. Top 4 bears came in at 380, 340, 310 and 290 pounds. Conducted 2 hunts and everyone were tagged out by end of third day.

2017 spring he had 24 hunters kill 23 bruins and the largest spring boar weighed in at 392 pounds. The unsuccessful hunter missed twice and crippled one.

2017 fall had 15 hunters take 14 bears and the best was a chocolate weighing 325 pounds. The unsuccessful hunter had early opportunities, but held out for a large bear too far into the week. Spring hunts are mid May into June and fall dates are early September. 5 day lodge hunts are $3,100 plus $185 tax, $335 for bear license and $40 fishing license. Airport pickup in Winnipeg is included. HCU’s Bob Wodzisz has been in these camps. 2019 spring has a few scattered openings and some fall spots or book now for 2020.   Hunt BL372.  BL372 Hunt Photos


This same outfitter also offers ALBERTA SPRING BEAR HUNTS, where you can take 2 BEARS FOR ONLY $4,200! This is a true Alberta adventure with nice floored tent camps in a great environment.

2018 spring he had 10 bear hunters kill 16 bears and everyone had the opportunity to take 2 bears. Largest bear would go 350 pounds. Two hunters crippled and lost bears.

Spring of 2017 his 10 hunters killed 16 bears, including 9 bow kills that will make Pope and Young record book. They took a variety of colors, including a 300 pound blonde bear.

6 day hunt is $4,200 plus $210 tax and $342 for the bear license. Openings are available for spring of 2019. Hunt BLAB372.



This outfitter takes some of the largest black bears in southeast Alaska and is priced less than the more famous boat outfitters in Alaska. He operates off a nice 50 foot yacht typically pulling along an 18 foot skiff with 40hp motor to access the shorelines. He has hunted these areas for over 20 years, taking a very limited amount of hunt-ers. He guides along with one of the best younger guides in the business. His amazing wife takes a video of each hunt that is given to the hunter. In our opinion this is one of if not the best boat hunt for the money in southeast Alaska.

Fall of 2018 he had a husband and wife combo. The husband hit and lost a really big 7 foot plus boar, but his wife succeeded in tagging a good boar.

Fall of 2017 he hosted a husband and wife. She took a nice 7 foot 4 inch bear and her husband crippled and lost a good bear.

In 2016 his two hunters took home two trophy bears, one squared at 7 foot 6 inches and the other a little over 7 foot.

This outfitter only does fall black bear hunts, no spring hunts and only takes boars, no sows. He conducts his hunts off the mainland beaches near his goat hunting area.

7 hunting days, 9 days total, is $7,000 guided 2×1 from September 1 to 8. Hunters are picked up and dropped off in Juneau, no charter flights. Hunt BL907.


2018-14 HUNTERS 13 BEARS
2017-12 HUNTERS 12 BEARS

2018 spring ended up with 13 hunters putting 12 bears in the salt. Best bear will score over 20 inches and weigh in the 350 pound class. Half of the hunters were archery guys and the unsuccessful hunter was a repeat.

2017 spring all 12 hunters tagged out on bears and several had skulls scoring over 20 inches! 3 or 4 bears would weigh in between 300 and 400 pounds and half of the hunters were archers.

6 day hunts are priced at $2,900 for rifle or archery plus license $315, tax $225 and include nice cabin accommodations and meals. The cabin is situated right on Tobin Lake and fishing is just outside the door. 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. 2019 openings are available or book now for 2020. Hunt BL577.  BL577 Hunt Photos.



Newfoundland has a two bear limit and they produce some of the largest bears found anywhere Canada. HCU has worked with this outfitter for over 20 years and he only takes a few spring hunters every year and continues to produce some big boars for his hunters. They have taken quite a few bears over 500 pounds, including several squaring over 7 foot.

2018 spring produced 4 bears for 4 hunters weighing in between 250 to 400 pounds. Only one hunter wanted to take a second bear and he shot at 2 more with no success.

Spring of 2017 produced 6 bears for 8 hunt-ers, including one over 500 pounds and most were in the 350 pound class. The majority of the bears were coming into the baits later than normal so they were considering some baiting changes for the 2018 season.

Price is only $2,600 with an $800 trophy fee on a second bear 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 extremely large area in northwestern Saskatchewan is well known for big whitetails and the bear hunting has not been hunted to any extent. Hunters that know northern wilderness bear hunt-ing realize areas like this that have not been pressured are where big bears reside.

Spring of 2018 he took 3 Saskatchewan city residents and they killed 3 bears pretty easily, including a 360 pound cinnamon, 350 and a 250 pound black. All the hunters reported seeing 8 to 10 bears at each bait site.

In 2017 and 2016 he only took a couple hunters each spring and everyone tagged nice sized 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 can be included for $500 and is just outside the lodge door on a large lake with plenty of walleye and pike. Hunters have the use of boats/motors and they can provide rods and tackle if needed. Most hunters will fish in the mornings and hunt the evenings.

$3,300 plus $315 bear tag and $200 tax. 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.



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 first bear. Color phase normally runs about 50 percent.

2018 spring he only had 4 hunters and each hunter tagged a bear and was not interested in tak-ing a second.

2017 spring proved a little tougher than nor-mal with 11 bears being tagged by 10 hunters. Best bear squared out at 6 foot 10 inches.

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. On a normal year hunters typically see bears everyday and sometimes up to 10. 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 can fly into Spokane and rent a car for crossing the border. Hunts are May 1 to June 30 and he will take up to 4 hunters a week for a total of about 12 to 14 per spring. Limited openings for 2019. Hunt BL292.



Spring of 2018 38 hunters tagged 35 bears. Two hunters passed and one hunter crippled and lost a bear. Bear sizes were good with an overall average of 250 to 275 pounds squaring 6 foot. Best bear went 450 pounds and squared an incredible 7 foot 5 inches. Typically half the hunters are archers. Smallmouth and walleyes were hitting well. Fall of 2018 he took 24 hunters and 21 were successful, 3 passed looking for an exceptional or large colored bear. Walleye fishing was good.

Spring of 2017 had 55 hunters kill 50 bears with an overall average of 250 pounds. 3 hunters hit and lost bears and the other 2 unsuccessful hunters passed on small bears.

Fall of 2017 had 24 hunters take 21 bears. One hunter crippled and 2 hunters passed on small bears. Largest bear squared out at 7 foot. Fall fishing was poor due to a very low water level on the river.

This outfitter has one of the largest bear hunt-ing areas in Manitoba CONSISTING OF OVER 3,000 SQUARE MILES. He can take this number of hunters over his large area and still remain successful on good sized bears.

Camp is located on the Winnipeg River so fishing is right outside your door for pike, walleye and smallmouth bass. 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 choco-late or cinnamon.

He offers a 6 day full service guided hunt for $3,650 that includes lodging, meals, fishing with boats and motors, skinning and preparation of your bear and airport pickup at Winnipeg. Not included is the 5 percent GST tax or $335 bear license. 2019 spring or fall openings are available. Hunt BL522.  BL522 Hunt Photos.