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Old 11-08-2016, 11:07 AM
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I am thinking hard about a spring/summer black bear hunt in Canada. I would prefer hunting over bait, due to problems with my arthritic hip. Anyone have any recommendations?

I am thinking a 5 day hunt with one or two bears, hopefully under $3000.00 (not counting licenses).

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Old 11-09-2016, 02:47 AM
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PM sent. PM me if you want more info.
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By all means consider HarrySS suggestion but I have hunted with Ray Broughton on Newfoundland and found his operation without fault. My friend and I both took a bear each and I could have taken a second but turned it down.
I think it is still a two bear license out there. Have fun wherever:-)
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Give Wayne at Nictau Lodge a call. It's in New Brunswick and was built by the late great Fred Webb. Anyways, they get some great bears. I have hunted moose out of there and can attest to the quality of the lodge and the food, as well as the service. Headed back there next week for the last week of deer season. Good luck, wherever you end up.
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I went to the Denver ISE show and wasn't impressed with the outfiters offering bear hunts. One had a fairly good price ($2200.00) but the flight from Denver to Gander NF was horrible (expensive and long layovers).

I don't want this trip to be more of a hassle then it needs to be. I am still checking with outfitters (including some of the contacts posted here.)

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I prefer to drive to my hunts. Gives freedom of packing, get meat back easily, and NO TSA.

It usually means two day+ drive with motels. But I like seeing America.

I just flew back from a Montana hunt...two days in airports with unscheduled night over in Denver. Kept saying to myself...should have driven.

I'm retired, so time is not a problem.
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Buff, I agree, Newfoundland isn't easy to get to. We had a flight UK into St Johns then drove up to Howley (400 I think) but that was a few years ago. I share your access problems ...sciatica and 77yrs abuse ... these days. Getting old ain't for wimps that's for sure. I have relatives in Maine and they also quoted Wayne as a possible choice.
Hope you manage to link up with a good spot and look forward to seeing photos.
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No recommendations but I did ask a friend who has a camp in norther Manitoba, where he said baiting is not allowed, to offer any suggestions. He noted Saskatchewan as the province that offers the best deals. It also may be logistically easier from your location.
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Of course, being an Albertan, I am going to suggest Alberta as a place to hunt blackies over bait. And in particular, I will suggest Richard Page of Sherwood Park, or Steve Overgaard of Overall Outfitters, Sundrie Alberta. In both cases, you'll get two tags on the hunt, with a very good chance at 7 foot black bears of all color variations. For the cherries in the group, black bears come in Pure Blonde, Cinnamon (Auburn), brown and black (usually with a white chevron on the chest). The key here, is taking your time. We often kill as many as 57 bears in the 45 day spring season. There's a fall season, but although the bears are huge with fat, their hides are also badly rubbed in many cases. That's not the case in the spring, and the hides WILL stretch ;0) Take your time. I saw one ole boy shoot the first bear he saw. I later picked it up with one hand by the scruff of the neck. That guy was lucky, his next bear was a 7 foot pure blonde , gorgeous! Also, leave the cannons at home! 30-30s are plenty (and so are hunting bows) Shots will range around 50 yards. One last word, black bears almost never share habitat with grizzlies. (The grizzlies chase them off,or eat them). So.....the odds of you seeing a grizzly at one of those bait cans are almost non-existent, so forget it. If you're still worried, have a look at some film on both. Grizzlies have a "take charge" attitude, where blackies act like they're looking for brother griz to come around ;0)
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Not to hijack but Michigan just put a ban on chocolate for bear bait.
The brown wonder contains theobromine and that is bad for bear and other wildlife.
Theobromine is closely related to theophyllin and caffeine.

Back in the late 50s, members of our archery club would spring hunt in Ontario. They said they were not hard to kill w/ arrow. Best time was last few days of May and firsts week or so of June.
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