May – June/ August – September
Manitoba is well known for producing huge black bear. This outfitter is located in one of the best habitats within the province. Their hunting area encompasses over 2000 sq. miles and they keep about 70 bait sites active during the spring season. In fall, they run about 30 bait sites and also conduct their hunts via spot and stalk as bears are feeding on acorns and cereal grains in farm fields. To their immediate north is endless boreal forest, yet they are at the fringe of the farmland, so there is plenty of nutritious feed to keep the bears around. Your day begins with a full breakfast at about 9 AM. After this, you are welcome to head out with one of the guides to check bait sites. You can also grab a rod and reel and try your luck at fishing near one of the rivers or sit back and relax at the cabin. Checking baits is also an ATV adventure. They use Polaris Rangers as the means in getting into the deep woods and there is plenty of water and mud. You will find it interesting to view the activity around the baits and have your guide explain bear behavior and what to look for in making a decision on which bait to hunt. During the fall hunt, you also have the option to shoot a wolf and/or coyote, should one present itself. There is of course always the chance of an encounter with a bear while checking baits. If you’re an archery hunter, this will also be the time when you and your guide will set up your portable tree stand. They like to involve the hunter in this as they want you to be as comfortable as possible. Most of the clients like to be 15-20 yards away from the bait for archery. For rifle, their stands are on average 60 yards away. While some hunters like to use a harness, most of their stands are only 12-15 ft. in height. Sometimes they will use a higher set up for archery, where a harness will be provided. After checking baits, you will return to the lodge early-midafternoon for a full course meal. You can relax for a bit and we will head out again about 4-5 PM. Your guide will then take you to a bait which presents the best opportunity for you to harvest a trophy bear. They choose this according to a variety of factors such as wind direction and activity. The guide will remain in the general vicinity and when possible, remain in contact with you via handheld radio. Some of their bear area also has cellular coverage. Bear can be very large and cover ground extremely quickly. For this reason, they recommend a 270 Win. with 150 gr. bullets as the minimum caliber to bring. A scope with high magnification isn’t necessary as shots are generally close, but it is beneficial to have telescopic sights as this will give you an extra 10-15 minutes of shooting light at the end of the day, when the big bears are most active. Most of their bait sites are also in heavy cover where light fades quickly. A blaze orange cap and jacket or vest is required for the fall hunt. There are no blaze orange requirements for spring bear. Tall rubber boots are a must, Muck brand boots are very good. Rain gear or Gore-Tex clothing is also necessary. #185
$3,300 + $300 license fee.
$300 payable upon arrival.
Easy: Farm or ranch hunts from stands or blinds. Substantial use of 4x4 pickups, UTVs. Most whitetail deer hunts.
Medium: These hunts are mostly conducted on private ranches. Species include mule deer, elk, antelope, some caribou and African plains game hunts. Moderate to light hiking each day in semi-mountainous terrain.
Hard: These hunts are a true wilderness experience and are usually conducted on horseback, hunting species such as elk, moose, bear, some mountain lion and African Cape buffalo. Difficult to extreme hiking and backpacking can be involved.
Difficult: All sheep hunts, goat, most grizzly and brown bear, some mountain lion and elephant. The terrain and/or animals can involve some dangerous situations. These hunts will probably require extreme physical endurance and some athletic ability.
$750 observer fee
2×1 guide service, meals, lodging, all in-field transportation, trophy care and tax.
Airfare, license, gratuities and personal items.
Fly to Winnipeg, Manitoba. Airport pickup included in price.
Day 1:Fly to Winnipeg International Airport where the outfitter will meet you. You will be driven to the lodge which will take approximately 2 1/2 hours.
Days 2-7: Black bear hunt.
Day 8: You will leave the lodge for your drive back to the Winnipeg International Airport to catch your departing flight
Easy: Somewhat easy walking when it comes to physicality. Minimal walking or hiking and terrain is very accessible. Mostly hunting from blinds or tree stands.
Moderate: Physicality is somewhat moderate to advanced. Spot and stalk method of hunting as well as some hunting from blinds. Terrain can vary from prairies to mountains at higher elevations.
Difficult: Requires an advanced degree of physical endurance. Terrain is typically more mountainous and hunting can take place at higher elevation.
Extreme: Most difficult and physically demanding hunts. Requires advanced to extreme endurance and terrain or game pursued may involve dangerous situations.