Black Bear Hunting in Idaho
Idaho has a healthy population of black bears.
Even though they are called black bears, the coloring of Idaho’s bears are also cinnamon, brown and some have blazes. Our Idaho outfitters offer bait, spot-and-stalk, and hound hunts depending on what type of black bear hunt you’re looking for.
Black Bear Hunting in Idaho
- Idaho has LOTS of color phase black bears. In fact, in some areas, pure black bears are the least common color. Chocolate is the most common color.
- Solid numbers of mature boars if you get somewhat remote.
- Baiting and hound hunting is allowed in Idaho.
- Good combo opportunities.
- Nonresident deer and elk tags may also be used to harvest a black bear or mountain lion.
- There are some units that have a two-bear limit.
IDAHO BLACK BEAR HUNTS:
Baited Bear Hunts
If spot-and-stalk bear hunting isn’t what you’re after, check out this Idaho bear hunt over bait.
Hunting over bait for bears can be a lot of fun because of the amount of activity you will typically have. In Idaho, your hunt will usually be in the backcountry and you should see lots of color phase bears!
Successful bear baiting is a bit of an art form, and OUTDOORS INTERNATIONAL outfitters know how to do it right and deliver for our hunters year after year.
- Backcountry, remote baiting locations.
- Usually a tent camp, supported by horses.
- High success rates.
- Color phased bears are the norm in Idaho.
Cast-and-Blast Bear Hunt
This is a special combo cast-and-blast hunt in the Frank Church Wilderness for black bear, wolf and world-class fly fishing.
Early September is special time to take a cast and blast trip to the River of No Return Wilderness. Early September is an excellent time to call wolves in and the weather is typically nice enough to travel and camp comfortably in wolf country. This is a also a two-bear area. Early September finds many of the bears eating the berries along the creek. Typically the best way to harvest a bear is to keep your rifle handy while enjoying the fantastic trout fishing on Big Creek. All other bear hunting is done spot and stalk or incidental to your other activities, no baiting.
- Walk and wade fishing for cutthroat and rainbow trout, bull trout, steelhead and more.
- Idaho Wolf and black bear hunting seasons open annually on Aug 30.
- Wolf hunting is one of the toughest kinds of hunts there is. You may not get an opportunity, and if you do, make the most of it. That said, this outfitter is one of the best around at finding wolves for his clients.
- This is a constantly changing hunt from year to year so success rates are hard to predict. This is a hunt for highly physically fit hunters looking for an adventure. If success is all that is important then this hunt is not for you.
- We consider any wolf to be a trophy, but there are a lot of big old wolves running around Idaho. The chance at a “good” one is high. An added bonus for Idaho wolf hunting is the high number of black wolves. There are high numbers of black bears in this area, and the fly fishing is off the charts good!
- Accommodations will vary from traditional wall tent camp to a light weight mobile horseback camp.
Our hunters enjoy great success.
Incredible trip! Lots of opportunity for big bears. Outfitter was very encouraging of bowhunters.
We had a wonderful bear hunt beginning with the guide picking us up at the airport. We made a short trip to the dock and took the boat to the base camp about 45 minutes across the inlets. The first day was very eventful with sighting two black bears and stalking both. After two stalks we were within 31 yards and I took my shot. The rest of the week was spent sightseeing British Columbia, fishing, crabbing and picking up oysters for dinner.
My wife loved the trip and would recommend it to any lady who wants to see what their husband does on these hunts.
I would highly recommend this hunt to anyone who wants a relatively easy black bear hunt. The guides run lots of baits and their are lots of bears around. Not to mention I must have seen 200 elk and close to that number of deer. A great experience!
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