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Old 10-02-2018, 10:23 PM   #1
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Who has gone or typically goes on a spring bear hunt?

I am looking for an ďaffordableĒ spring black bear hunt.

My one prerequisite is that I donít want to hunt over bait, I will only hunt spot and stalk and prefer archery.

Letís hear your experiences and recommendations.
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Old 10-02-2018, 10:42 PM   #2
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What, you don’t want to shoot a bear over a dozen Kryspy Kreams?!
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Old 10-02-2018, 11:17 PM   #3
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What, you donít want to shoot a bear over a dozen Kryspy Kreams?!
Nor popcorn or gummy bears!
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Old 10-02-2018, 11:27 PM   #4
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Outfitters in idaho are affordable in my opinion at 2-3k which is the best place to go for color phase bears. Saskatchewan i think is 4-6k but that puts you in trophy bear country. That’s all the info I know, been wanting a bear with my bow one day.
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Old 10-03-2018, 10:49 AM   #5
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Old 10-03-2018, 11:19 AM   #6
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Look into the Indian reservations in NM/AZ.. You can do guided for under $2k and it's only a 1-day drive
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Old 10-03-2018, 11:22 AM   #7
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Look into the Indian reservations in NM/AZ.. You can do guided for under $2k and it's only a 1-day drive
Wow, that very inexpensive. I would be interesting in looking into that as well.
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Old 10-03-2018, 11:33 AM   #8
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I went to Idaho this past spring, unit 39. Self-guided, it was pretty cheap (cost of plane ticket + tag/license). There are a ton of bears around there, we only saw sows with cubs and didn't get to put a stalk on anything, but the experience was amazing I'll definitely be going back.

There really isnt much I can tell you that you cant find more comprehensive info with a Google search - but if I can stress one thing its: BE IN GOOD SHAPE. Idaho is incredibly jagged, not uncommon to traverse several thousand feet in vertical elevation up and down just to cross a small distance.

If you're looking for a sure-bet I'd pursue an outfitter, I don't know what your level of experience is, but suffice it to say there is a lot of country to cover and its like finding a needle in a haystack.

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Old 10-05-2018, 04:22 PM   #9
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I went to Idaho this past spring, unit 39. Self-guided, it was pretty cheap (cost of plane ticket + tag/license). There are a ton of bears around there, we only saw sows with cubs and didn't get to put a stalk on anything, but the experience was amazing I'll definitely be going back.

There really isnt much I can tell you that you cant find more comprehensive info with a Google search - but if I can stress one thing its: BE IN GOOD SHAPE. Idaho is incredibly jagged, not uncommon to traverse several thousand feet in vertical elevation up and down just to cross a small distance.

If you're looking for a sure-bet I'd pursue an outfitter, I don't know what your level of experience is, but suffice it to say there is a lot of country to cover and its like finding a needle in a haystack.

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Old 12-06-2018, 10:06 AM   #10
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Old 12-06-2018, 10:19 AM   #11
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Bump. I'd like to do this hunt too I think. If I hunted over a dozen donuts there would probably only be 6 or 7 left after my hunt. Just sayin.
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Old 12-06-2018, 10:23 AM   #12
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Apparently spring berry bear meat is delicious and fall fishy bear meat sucks. Im interested too. Good luck CBROWN.
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Old 12-06-2018, 10:25 AM   #13
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Apparently spring berry bear meat is delicious and fall fishy bear meat sucks. Im interested too. Good luck CBROWN.
What about spring donut meat?
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Old 12-06-2018, 10:56 AM   #14
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So you want to go hiking and maybe stumble upon a bear?
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Old 12-06-2018, 11:17 AM   #15
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Better check prices, they are not cheap, even in Arizona.
Spot and stalk will cost you more I'm betting, bait hunts are easier to outfit.
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Old 12-06-2018, 11:37 AM   #16
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Do you hunt over a feeder in TX? Not much difference really. I am not criticizing you. Alaska on a coastal spot and stalk bear hunt is a dream I am not sure I will ever get to fulfill with my current health situation. It just seems to me there isn't much difference.

I hope this link doesn't break any rules. But it has some good info.

https://muleyfreak.com/2018/05/02/5-...ear-hunts-otc/
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Old 12-06-2018, 11:50 AM   #17
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Do you hunt over a feeder in TX? Not much difference really. I am not criticizing you. Alaska on a coastal spot and stalk bear hunt is a dream I am not sure I will ever get to fulfill with my current health situation. It just seems to me there isn't much difference.

I hope this link doesn't break any rules. But it has some good info.

https://muleyfreak.com/2018/05/02/5-...ear-hunts-otc/
Generally no. I spot and stalk elk hunt in Colorado and spot and stalk pigs here. I'm not a big whitetail deer hunter by any means. I used to be and was fortunate enough to kill some good ones, now I don't have that desire anymore.
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Old 12-06-2018, 11:51 AM   #18
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Bump. I'd like to do this hunt too I think. If I hunted over a dozen donuts there would probably only be 6 or 7 left after my hunt. Just sayin.
I'm an LEO so you know there wouldn't be any left
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Old 12-06-2018, 12:23 PM   #19
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Couldn’t you just buy a bear tag OTC? And avoid the “guided” hunt mark up?
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Old 12-06-2018, 02:17 PM   #20
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Old 12-06-2018, 02:52 PM   #21
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I have hunted Saskatchewan several times in the spring. I love it up there. There are so many bears it shouldnít be too hard to stick a donut in your pocket and walk around. The bears will find you. Our hunts were in the 3k range plus airfare. Most of the outfitters have huge amounts of land to hunt. You just need to ask them about stalk hunting. Normally they just drop off and come back to pick you up. You would have to find one to stalk with you or you would get lost in a hurry. Donít want to end up as wolf bait.
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Old 12-06-2018, 03:28 PM   #22
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Do you hunt over a feeder in TX? Not much difference really. I am not criticizing you. Alaska on a coastal spot and stalk bear hunt is a dream I am not sure I will ever get to fulfill with my current health situation. It just seems to me there isn't much difference.

I hope this link doesn't break any rules. But it has some good info.

https://muleyfreak.com/2018/05/02/5-...ear-hunts-otc/
Uh, that's where you're wrong, sir!

On a bear hunt, you can get drunk (if that's your thing), sleep late, have a late breakfast, go fishing, eat a late lunch, take a nap, and still not miss any hunting!
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Old 12-06-2018, 03:51 PM   #23
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Generally no. I spot and stalk elk hunt in Colorado and spot and stalk pigs here. I'm not a big whitetail deer hunter by any means. I used to be and was fortunate enough to kill some good ones, now I don't have that desire anymore.
Yeah I knew as soon as I posted that I shouldn't have. I have hunted bears in PA but never over bait, so I really should have kept my opinion to myself. I do want to spot and stalk with my bow, just probably not AK. Good luck in your search! Keep us posted.
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Old 12-06-2018, 08:56 PM   #24
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Who has gone or typically goes on a spring bear hunt?



I am looking for an ďaffordableĒ spring black bear hunt.



My one prerequisite is that I donít want to hunt over bait, I will only hunt spot and stalk and prefer archery.



Letís hear your experiences and recommendations.


Price will depend on area. Alaska and BC will be high but the bears are typically trophy size. You can find cheaper hunts for smaller bears

I would suggest you contact Bow hunting safari consultants or Bow and Arrow Adventures. They are both legit booking agents, have actually hunted with the folks they recommend, and itís free for you. Theyíll point you in the right direction. Just my .02
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https://discussions.texasbowhunter.c...d.php?t=692658

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Old 12-06-2018, 09:23 PM   #25
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Apparently spring berry bear meat is delicious and fall fishy bear meat sucks. Im interested too. Good luck CBROWN.
It depends really, on where you hunt. Coastal bears that eat a lot of fish are said to be not so good. However, having harvested bears from the bush in both spring and fall, I can tell you that the meat is awesome in both. Just leaner in the spring. Saskatchewan bears, by the way.
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Old 12-06-2018, 11:05 PM   #26
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When I go hunt somewhere outside of Texas, the adventure is more important than the kill. If you feel that way too... try this. It’s doable with a bow and it’s one of my most enjoyable hunts.

https://discussions.texasbowhunter.c...ht=Bear+Alaska

We ate our bears and shipped back lbs and lbs of halibut and rock fish.

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Old 12-07-2018, 12:43 AM   #27
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When I go hunt somewhere outside of Texas, the adventure is more important than the kill. If you feel that way too... try this. Itís doable with a bow and itís one of my most enjoyable hunts.

https://discussions.texasbowhunter.c...ht=Bear+Alaska

We ate our bears and shipped back lbs and lbs of halibut and rock fish.
I agree 100% and thatís exactly why I wonít sit over bait. The hunt is more important to me than the kill. To kill is a bonus but also signifies the end of the hunt.
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Old 12-07-2018, 07:59 AM   #28
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Apparently spring berry bear meat is delicious and fall fishy bear meat sucks. Im interested too. Good luck CBROWN.
I have found it to be the opposite. Fat fall bear is really good skinny spring bears not usually as good.
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Old 12-07-2018, 08:11 AM   #29
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I went to Canada a few months ago and killed a bear with my bow for $1300. He was eating donuts though. Sorry.
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Old 12-07-2018, 10:00 AM   #30
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Apply for one of the Navajo Nation permits. $1,000 for the permit if you are drawn and then let me know. I can hook you up with a friend of mine that has dogs. Great hunt and bears usually have good hair coats.
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Old 12-07-2018, 10:03 AM   #31
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Who has gone or typically goes on a spring bear hunt?

I am looking for an ďaffordableĒ spring black bear hunt.

My one prerequisite is that I donít want to hunt over bait, I will only hunt spot and stalk and prefer archery.

Letís hear your experiences and recommendations.
No luck on my end.....they dont offer spring bear hunts.
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Old 12-07-2018, 10:33 AM   #32
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If you're looking for adventure don't discount a hunt over bait. I went last fall, I hunted from a ground blind with my longbow. The blind was made of spruce limbs and I was set up 10-12 yds from the bait I had a really big bear come in though I couldn't get a shot. Believe me, a bear on the ground at 10 yds provides plenty of adventure. Or, you might ask Bisch about the one that climbed a tree with him.
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