Idaho Spring Black Bear Hunt Report by Kyle Hanson

Kyle with his 2021 Idaho spring bear

Hunter: Kyle Hanson
Date: April 26 – May 2, 2021
Trip Taken: Idaho Frank Church Wilderness Spring Black Bear Hunt
Consultant: Outdoors International

Another spring bear hunt in the books!

This was my second time hunting with our Outfitter for Spring Bear in the Frank Church Wilderness. Idaho spring bear hunts have become an annual trip for me and one of my favorite hunts year round. Bears are just flat out cool critters and a blast to hunt. That being said, I am not one to chase the same experience twice so we switched things up this year with an early season spot & stalk hunt on horseback rather than a baited hunt in June (which was awesome too…). I didn’t know at the time but this hunt ended up being my dream bear hunt.

This is a fly in hunt

This Bear hunt was MY TYPE OF HUNT!

We flew into the Wilderness and packed into a small basecamp for the week on horseback where we spent the week. We saw bears every day glassing for THE bear. In the meantime we ate like kings and enjoyed the scenery. I must say that sleeping in a wall tent next to the river is about the best night’s sleep you can imagine. Especially after long day of stalking bears in that country.

Jace and Kyle with Jaces bear

Both my friend Jace & I tagged out on the 3rd day of the hunt.

Jace wanted a Blonde Bear and I wanted to Chocolate. We got exactly what we wanted! My bear, “El Choco” ended up being my best Black Bear to date and Jace’s Bear was his first. And actually, on that note too.. Black Bear for Jace had been a tough specie to bag. All in all pretty hard to beat that for an outcome.

Hunting from horseback

After taking a couple great Color Phase Bears, we hiked a little, enjoyed camp life and even got to go visit some of the Petroglyphs from the Sheepeater Indian Tribe!

Once again, Idaho has stolen my heart and I will go back. I say it all the time but it was truly an incredible adventure. The Frank Church Wilderness is one of my favorite places. It can eat your lunch and leave you limping but I love the remote wilderness… and on this trip I did leave with some gnarly blisters, we still left smiling with our Bears though.

Next spring we are going to do the Spot & Stalk hunt again but stay tuned. This one will be a full on Backpack trip and we are going in for big or bust!

  • How would you rate your trip overall? Great! Solid as they come! Looking forward to the next adventure.
  • How were your guide? Great
  • How was your lodging? Great
  • How was the food? Great
  • How was your outfitters communication? Great
  • How physically demanding was your trip? Extreme
  • Would you book another trip with OUTDOORS INTERNATIONAL in the future? Yes
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