A black bear hunt in Alberta, BC or Saskatchewan provides a great start to the season. So why not get started in the spring. Success rates are high and bears are plentiful.
Our black bear hunts go across the top of all three western Canadian provinces, BC, Alberta and Saskatchewan. These black predators of the north are opportunistic feeders and go where there’s an easy meal. When spring comes to the north the bruins come out of hibernation and are hungry (after being some 6 months without food). Springtime is also the nicest shape the bear’s fur will be in for the entire year. Fall can yield some very nice trophies too, but we think, and our outfitters agree, spring is the best time for black bear hunts.
Besides when you’ve got hunting in your blood, this is another great excuse to get out into that glorious wilderness and get the year started right.
Spring bear hunts in BC are a favorite for rifle hunters who are looking for the challenge of a spot and stalk hunt. Some areas of northern BC cannot bait because of grizzly bear populations in the area so our guy gets you sneaking up on black bears. Are you looking for a thrill? Try stalking within 75 to 100 yards of a big black bear and calmly put your crosshairs on a vital area and squeeze. BC is a two bear area so once you’ve taken that first bear, stay awhile longer and spend some time in the beautiful mountains of north central BC to see if you can spot an even bigger bear. This is spot and stalk at its best. This hunt, in our opinion, is more conducive to rifle hunters although bowhunters are welcome and your guide will do his best to get you even closer.
As reported by https://huntingexpert.org/best-crossbow-for-hunting/, the spot and stalk hunt is conducted from vehicles or boats where animals are spotted from the road or lake shore. Once an animal is spotted the stalk is on foot. This is a semi-remote area that is typified by steep hillsides sloping up from miles upon miles of lake shore. The area has been logged in the past and new growth timber is growing young and vibrant and the tender shoots and greens are an excellent food source for bears.
The next province to the east is Alberta. Alberta has a two bear limit and most hunting is done from tree stands over baits. This style is more conducive to bow hunting but lots of guys go up with rifles as well. Tree stand hunting can be incredibly fun over an active bait site as the bears put on quite a show. Since there is a definite pecking order, or shall I say brawling order, the smaller bears get beat up by the medium sized bears who then get picked on by the big bears who then get brutalized by the giants. Even a single bear at the bait site can be loads of fun to watch, so be patient and sit back and enjoy the show.
All our outfitters are 100% successful on the first bear and then in Alberta our guys are 50% to 90% successful on the second bear. This is where you really have a chance to sit back and wait for that off-colored beauty to come along or the man- eating monster that’s been terrorizing the north. Just kidding of course. Bear hunting is safe and fun with our guys. Typically our outfitters are in very remote regions of northern Alberta and have either lodges, temporary cabins or canvas wall tent camps that are very comfortable and warm.
Here I am, the proud recipient of a nice black bear compliments of Bruce McKenzie
Last but not least are our guys over in Saskatchewan which is the third province in from the Pacific. Saskatchewan topography is unique with the great plains in the south and boreal forest in the north. The boreal forest here is also part of the Canadian Shield which suggests rock, river and clear lakes. When you are finished your bear hunt there is plenty of good fishing to partake in. Saskatchewan has a one bear limit and therefore hunts are generally less expensive. Tree stands over baits are the norm. Saskatchewan bear hunts give good opportunity for nice big black bears and off color opportunities are available in our areas as well.
All of our bear hunts include food, accommodations, pick-up and drop-off at the nearest airport and transportation to the hunt camp. Also, our guys will take good care of your trophy starting with skinning, caping and preparation of the skin for transportation home.