American black bears (Ursus americanus) evolved from bears that traveled from Asia to North America on the Bering Land Bridge about 8 million years ago. Like their Asian ancestors, the black bear is omnivorous. Because it is able to thrive in a variety of different environmental conditions and is incredibly resourceful, it was able to survive the last ice age, while other, less adaptable predators became extinct. It’s not surprising that black bear hunting is so popular.
When it comes to bears, I believe black bears are the most under-appreciated of all bear species. Maybe it’s because of their size, or because they are so plentiful, or maybe ignorance of how big they can get.
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BLACK BEAR HUNTING TIPS & INFORMATION
We’ve put together a ton of articles so that you can go into your black bear hunt fully prepared.
About 10,000 years ago, it is widely believed, that the black bear was the only bear living in North America before brown bears migrated south from what is now known as Alaska and the Yukon territories.
The defining identification of black bears is their flat shoulders and straight profiled face.
Because they can climb better than almost any other bear species and can run at speeds of up to 30 miles per hour, uphill or downhill for short distances, these bears can still be dangerous and deserve our respect. Black bears are also excellent swimmers and enjoy a good swim. This is partially due to the fact that where there’s water there’s green grass to graze, and there’s usually fish in water, so black bears spend a decent amount of the time around rivers, lakes and streams.
Black bears tend to be loners, and are timid and withdrawn, avoiding confrontations.
Preferring a solitary lifestyle, black bears tend to mark trees with their teeth and claws in order to warn other bears not to enter their territory. In order to warn other predators and intruders that do enter their territory they make curious snorting, jaw popping, and huffing sounds.
Hunting trophy black bears.
The largest black bear ever recorded was a male shot in New Brunswick in the 1970’s coming in at a whopping 902 pounds dressed. Live weight was probably about 1,100 pounds. He also measured 7 feet, 9 inches long. (Most hunters consider anything that squares over six feet big.) But the truth is, it’s not very often that you get the opportunity to take a big black bear. I mean, a REALLY BIG black bear.
To become a giant black bears need high protein diets, good genetics and maturity.
Luckily, we have a few black bear hunts that offer a good chance at giant black bears. To fit the bill, an area needs to be remote with an abundance of food and good cover. That’s what’s needed to produce big bruisers. Our Alberta and Saskatchewan bear hunts each have great bear density and a lot of opportunities to fill your tag with a toad of a boar. Both areas have an almost completely un-hunted population of bears due to remoteness. If you have never hunted black bears before, this is your big chance to hunt giant black bears!
If you like the sound of a remote, spring black bear hunt in an area that produces some of the biggest black bears in North America, then grab your rifle or your bow and lets get on some unhunted, old age class, giant black bears! What are you waiting for?
Black Bear Hunting
Next to whitetail deer, black bears are probably the most popular big game animal.
It’s actually quite surprising that guided bear hunts aren’t more expensive that they are. Especially considering all that is involved…preparing bait sites in remote areas, training hounds, etc. With so many choices out there, it can be hard to sort through all of the cheap hunts to find a good one. Luckily, we can help.
- Some states and provinces offer spring hunts where you can hunt over bait from a tree stand or blind.
- Some states allow bear hunting with dogs.
- In the East, game drives are a traditional and successful method.
- In Western regions, hunts are typically spot-and-stalk, and calling black bears can also be effective.
- Another cool thing about black bears is that not all of them are black. They come in a variety of color phases. and we know where to send you if that’s what you’re after.
Where to hunt black bears.
Where to hunt black bears depends on a number of different factors, including techniques, preference, trophy size and seasons. Many states and all of the Canadian provinces have black bear hunting seasons. The states that offer black bear hunts are: Alaska, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Colorado, Georgia, Idaho, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, New Jersey, New Hampshire, New Mexico, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Utah, Vermont, Washington, Wisconsin and Wyoming.
Do you want to hunt over bait? With dogs or spot-and-stalk? You need to also consider if you want a classic black coloration, or a “color phase” bear. Is trophy size important to you? If so, you need to hunt where big bears live. Just contact us for help all of that out.
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