Bear Hunting Washington
With a population estimated to number nearly 30,000 animals, Washington State has some of the best black bear hunting in the United States. Bear hunting Washington provides some of the best opportunity for trophy bear hunting in the country. The use of hounds or bait have been illegal for years now, and these bears have gone unpressured and get big!
Why you should consider black bear hunting in Washington:
- High populations and incredible bear hunting. Black bear population density in parts of Washington state rival the population densities found in Southeast Alaska and British Columbia.
- Little hunting pressure when compared to some of the other states, due mostly to the fact that Washington does not allow baiting or hound hunting.
- As in Alberta and British Columbia, you can take two bears in Washington.
Spot and Stalk Black Bear Hunts in Washington
Trophy spot-and-stalk Washington bear hunts on the Olympic Peninsula.
This hunt is just across the border from Vancouver Island which is world famous for trophy black bears. Washington has the highest bear population in the lower 48, and these Washington bear hunts on the Olympic Peninsula give our hunters a great chance at a trophy coastal black bear. Washington also offers two bear tags per hunter, which makes these hunts even more attractive.
If spot-and-stalk trophy black bear hunting is what you are looking for, this may be the one for you. You will be glassing a clear cut, and most times you hear the bears before you see them come out of the thick rainforest. With virtually zero hunting pressure, this outfitter targets bears that will square larger than six feet.
- Hunting season starts early in August and goes through October.
- These are spot-and-stalk Washington bear hunts. You will glass pre-scouted clear cuts and berry fields early in the morning and in the evening. Stopping for a lunch break at mid-day. Sometimes, calling can be effective as well.
- 80% success rate over the past few years.
- 95% of their hunters have an opportunity at a bear.
- You can expect prime-pelted bears, and big ones are the norm. Bears squaring seven feet and over are fairly common now that hound hunting and bear baiting was banned years ago.
- This outfitter is a long-range shooting enthusiast, so this is a great hunt if that interests you.
The outfitter has an intimate knowledge of the area, and keeps tabs on the big bears that are hitting the clear cuts. While I didn’t get a huge bear when I went, my friend Brandon got one that was well over six feet. This is a fun hunt.”
Cory Glauner | Founder of Outdoors International