Spot-and-Stalk Black Bear Hunt in Washington
This spot-and-stalk black bear hunt on the Olympic Peninsula has the potential for a real trophy bear.
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.
You can expect prime-pelted bears, and mature boars are the norm.
- Western Washington State, Coastal Unit, Olympic Peninsula
- Private timber company land and public land on the Olympic peninsula near Forks, Washington. Lots of thick timber.
- Early in August and goes through October.
- These are spot-and-stalk Washington black 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 with 100% of their hunters having an opportunity over the past few years.
- Bears squaring seven feet and over are fairly common now that hound hunting and bear baiting was banned years ago.
- Washington also offers two bear tags per hunter, which makes these hunts even more attractive.
- This outfitter is a long-range shooting enthusiast, so this is a great hunt if that interests you.
- 1:1 professionally guided
- All trophy care (skinning and packing out)
- Prep of meat for processing
- Cold storage of meat and hide
- All transportation to and from field
- Some filming upon request
- Taxidermy referral
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Lodging and Accommodations
You will stay in a nice local hotel (not included in the price of the hunt), and eat at the local restaurants (also not included).
Hunting Season and Tags
- Washington bear hunting season starts early in August and goes through October.
- Hunting license and bear tags are available over the counter.
- The outfitter will accompany you to the local sporting goods store to help you get that taken care of. *Be sure to have your Hunters Safety information. They will ask for it.
- You may also need a permit for access to timber company land. The outfitter will let you know prior to your hunt. The fee is minimal.
Most hunters fly to Seattle (Sea-Tac) and rent a car for the short drive to Forks, Washington.
- It is a 3 hour drive to Forks, WA.
- Flying from SEATAC to Port Angeles is also an option (short flight). Rent a car from there, or the outfitter will pick up for a fee.
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Typical Western Hunt
❏ Underwear (1 pair per day)
❏ Base Layer Top and Bottom (2 – 3 pairs per week) *we suggest merino wool
❏ Lightweight Camo Jacket
❏ Windstopper Camo Jacket
❏ Midweight Camo Jacket
❏ Lightweight Camo Vest
❏ Lightweight Camo Shirt (3 – 5 per week) *you can get away with fewer shirts if you wear merino wool.
❏ Lightweight Camo Pants (1-2 pair per week)
❏ Midweight Camo Pants (1 pair per week)
❏ Rain Gear
❏ Blaze Orange (rifle hunts) *check regulations in the state you are hunting
❏ Lightweight Gloves
❏ Midweight Gloves
❏ Camo or Neutral-colored Cap
❏ Camo Stocking Cap or Camo Beanie
❏ Camo Head Net
❏ Elk Decoy (if applicable)
❏ Cow Calls (if applicable)
❏ Bugle and Bugle Tube (if applicable)
❏ Ground Blind
❏ Folding Chair
❏ Bow Holder
❏ Day Pack
❏ Water Bottle
❏ Large Backpack
❏ Wind Direction Indicator
❏ Hunting Knife
❏ Topo Maps or Mobile Mapping Software
❏ inReach GPS
❏ Scent Elimination Spray
❏ Water Bladder (2L)
❏ Fire Starter Kit
❏ Game Bags
❏ Caping Salt
❏ Dry Bag
Buy the highest quality optics that you can afford.
If you’re a backcountry diy hunter, this gear list is accompanied by a podcast with Steve Speck of EXO Mountain Gear is must listen if you want to go on a backcountry, backpack hunt.
Use enough gun. We suggest these calibers: .270 Winchester; 7mm Remington Magnum; .30-06 Springfield; .300 WSM; .300 Winchester Magnum; .300 Weatherby Magnum; 30 Nosler; .338 RCM; or .338 Winchester Magnum. Other options might be: 6.5 Creedmoor; .280 Ackley Improved; or 28 Nosler.
The Outdoors International team shoots Hoyt.
❏ Bow *check regulations in the state you are hunting
❏ Arrows (at least one doz.)
❏ Broadheads *check regulations in the state you are hunting
❏ Release *an extra release is recommended
❏ Soft Bow Case
❏ Hard Bow Case
❏ Lip Balm
❏ Insect Repellant
❏ Moleskin for blisters
❏ Super Glue
❏ Prescription Medication
❏ Duct Tape
❏ Pain Reliever
❏ Extra Glasses and/or Contacts
❏ Quality Polarized Sunglasses
❏ Personal Toiletries
❏ Video Camera and/or GoPro
❏ Extra Batteries for all Electronics
*This is a sample/generic gear list. For more specific details for the time of year you are traveling to, we recommend checking with your outfitter, hunting consultant or your destination’s local Wildlife Management Agency.