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#5482658 - 12/16/14 11:45 PM Black bear hunting
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THF Trophy Hunter

Registered: 09/01/10
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Loc: DFW
Been thinking of going on a black bear hunt in 2015, anyone have any outfitters they recommend? Preferably in the Montana, Idaho, Wyoming region of the country.
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#5482687 - 12/17/14 01:22 AM Re: Black bear hunting [Re: SR025]
ParkCountyElkDestroyer Offline
Afroman

Registered: 01/31/10
Posts: 4190
This was the first year on the farm to hunt black bear in NW Wyoming. We were 100% this year. By that I mean there was 100% shot opportunity. 2 tagged out (including myself) and the other 2 could have tagged out. I would start trying to guide myself a little but our numbers aren't huge. That being said, I really don't think you can go wrong with Wyoming.
Also, I don't know if you mind hunting bait or not. Wyoming game units are about 50-50 on allowing bait or not. I have no knowledge of Idaho or Montana though.


Edited by jensent (12/17/14 01:24 AM)
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#5482699 - 12/17/14 03:18 AM Re: Black bear hunting [Re: SR025]
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Interested as well , sr205 can drive

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#5482886 - 12/17/14 07:51 AM Re: Black bear hunting [Re: SR025]
Jimmy Peppers Offline
Woodsman

Registered: 12/13/14
Posts: 148
Loc: Hot Springs/DFW
Does bear meat taste good?
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#5482906 - 12/17/14 08:00 AM Re: Black bear hunting [Re: Jimmy Peppers]
dgilbert Offline
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Originally Posted By: Jimmy Peppers
Does bear meat taste good?


Taste great.

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#5483043 - 12/17/14 08:54 AM Re: Black bear hunting [Re: SR025]
Capt.JVH Offline
Bird Dog

Registered: 10/17/11
Posts: 319
Loc: Round Rock/ Lometa
Just beware of what is being told to you in your search. I hunted New Mexico a few seasons ago. My knowledge on bears was minimal (that's why I hired a guide). I was told average size for the area was 250-350 pound bears and 7 footers were normal. The pictures I was shown looked impressive. The tune changed once I got there. Treed a handful of bears that looked like my lab Earl. I passed on a small boar, maybe a 4 footer, 200ish pounds. Another guy in camp shot it. The pictures made it look huge. Then I understood the game. I went home empty handed and was invited back out for what amounted to watching the guide and his buddies getting hammered drunk for a week and helping another guide chase his dogs around the mountain. I have guided myself so I realize that hunting is hunting and that is how it shakes out sometimes. I can live with not shooting something. But this was an ill prepared outfitter with no plan b and immature party animal guides working for him. Learn from my experience, do research not only on the guide or outfitter but the area you will be hunting. Ultimately I take responsibility for this bad hunt because I went off other peoples word instead of finding out firsthand about everything. Good luck on the search. If you find some good ones post them. I am saving back up to go again in the next year or two.

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#5483273 - 12/17/14 10:13 AM Re: Black bear hunting [Re: Brother in-law]
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Originally Posted By: Brother in-law
Interested as well , sr205 can drive


roflmao I'll drive, you pay for the gas.
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#5483286 - 12/17/14 10:15 AM Re: Black bear hunting [Re: SR025]
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I've done a ton of research of guides and outfitters but there are so many it's hard to know who is good and who isn't. I really want to avoid a situation like you had capt. I appreciate you sharing your experience.
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#5483291 - 12/17/14 10:16 AM Re: Black bear hunting [Re: SR025]
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Jensent
I'm on the fence about bait or no bait. Some offer hunts with dogs as well. I'm leaning toward a spot stalk hunt but want to be successful.
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#5483850 - 12/17/14 02:17 PM Re: Black bear hunting [Re: SR025]
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Registered: 09/26/10
Posts: 489
Loc: Cotlulla TX / Scotland Neck NC
I know it is not one you mentioned but eastern NC has some huge bears with fairly decent success rate if you choose a good outfitter most will let you bear and deer hunt

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#5484310 - 12/17/14 06:15 PM Re: Black bear hunting [Re: Deer Hound]
SR025 Online   shocked
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Originally Posted By: Deer Hound
I know it is not one you mentioned but eastern NC has some huge bears with fairly decent success rate if you choose a good outfitter most will let you bear and deer hunt


Thanks, I'm definitely open to other areas so I'll check into it.
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#5484463 - 12/17/14 07:18 PM Re: Black bear hunting [Re: SR025]
Erny Offline
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Registered: 02/26/11
Posts: 1887
Loc: Smith County
I did a spot and stalk in Montana in spring 2013. 9 days of hunting and never saw a black bear. The outfitter had a million excuses. Beautiful big country. Memories I will never forget. But expensive not to even see a bear. This spring I went to Manitoba and hunted over bait. Good lord one had their chioce of bears and it was pretty much not stop action on the bait. If you enjoy hunting whitetail in a blind looking over a feeder why not hunt a bear over bait the same way. The cost on he two was about the same. I will be doing the bear hunt in Manitobia again. As a side note the fishing was incredible. Caught a limit of walleye every time I went out fishing. The trip from my house to the lodge was less than 24 hours.


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#5484473 - 12/17/14 07:23 PM Re: Black bear hunting [Re: SR025]
SR025 Online   shocked
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Registered: 09/01/10
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Loc: DFW
Is it a big hassle to hunt in Canada? Like bringing guns to and from and the meat and hide?
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#5484491 - 12/17/14 07:33 PM Re: Black bear hunting [Re: SR025]
Erny Offline
Pro Tracker

Registered: 02/26/11
Posts: 1887
Loc: Smith County
Originally Posted By: SR025
Is it a big hassle to hunt in Canada? Like bringing guns to and from and the meat and hide?


Not at all. It was shockingly easy.

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#5484887 - 12/17/14 10:29 PM Re: Black bear hunting [Re: SR025]
Hair 'o dog Offline
Woodsman

Registered: 12/17/12
Posts: 194
Loc: West of DFW
Bear Creek Outfitters in Idaho provided my son and I a fine spot and stalk hunt on horseback. Hard working guides with huge exclusive territory. Want to repeat. They have a website with good info or let me know what else I can answer.

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