Who To Call For A Spring Black Bear Hunt


Published: April - 2003

The tradition of spring black-bear hunting is a long but regrettably vanishing one. Anti-hunting and animal-rights advocates have used misinformation about orphaned cubs to convince numerous states to end their spring seasons, and in many cases eliminate baiting and chasing with hounds as hunting methods, despite those being the most effective techniques for limiting the take of spring bears to boars only. The most significant loss of spring black-bear hunting occurred a few years ago when the Canadian province of Ontario, bowing to political pressure from special interests, ended its spring season. The closure came at a time when the province was experiencing some of the highest bear populations in its history.

Luckily, there are still a number of areas where spring hunts for black bears remain available. Moreover, with a little looking, you can still find an enormous variety of black bear hunts, as witness the following roundup I put together especially for The Hunting Report.

Of interest to many black bear hunters, especially those who have already taken a black-haired bear, is a color-phase bear, one whose hide can run in shades from brown to cinnamon to nearly blond. Alberta outfitter Ross Kinch of Trophy Stalkers offers a very affordable opportunity for a chance at a color-phase bear. Kinch operates out of a remote tent camp well north of Edmonton. He baits for bear and takes only seven bear hunters each year. The cost of the hunt is $2,500 for two bears, including licenses. There is also the possibility of collecting a wolf on this hunt. Ross takes rifle, muzzleloader and bowhunters. He recommends bow-hunters keep a rifle in the stand with them in case a wolf appears, as these animals are often too wary to come into bow range.

Another outfitter to consider is Jim Shockey. Many hunters are already familiar with him and his record of taking enormous black bears while spotting and stalking on British Columbia's Vancouver Island. Shockey's Pacific Rim Guide Outfitters, Ltd. charges $4,000 for a five-day, 2 x 1 hunt, with a second black bear........(continued)

 
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