by Russ Meyer
Archery Hunting British Columbia for Black Bear
In 1988 I took my first big game animal with a bow. I was sitting over a bait in central Idaho when, to my surprise, a black bear slipped over the ridge and was soon standing at fifteen yards, offering me a perfect shot. Can you say “Hook, Line, and Sinker”, not only for a lifetime of black bear hunting, but also a solidification of my bow and arrow. I knew at that point archery was my passion.
Many years and exciting adventures have passed by since taking my first animal with a bow. I continue to hunt black bear annually. I haven’t hunted over bait since 2006, but have really enjoyed some great spot/stalk hunts since. This year however I’ll be back at it. My oldest son will be turning 12 on April 12th. Yes, I am probably more excited than he is. I can’t wait to watch him draw back on a bear.
Last June I was up with one of our British Columbia outfitters on an evaluation hunt. I had hunted with him in the Edmonton bow zone for whitetail in the mid 90’s, but had not had the chance to experience his British Columbia offering. He guides for moose, grizzly and black bear in British Columbia, and mule deer and whitetail in Alberta. In the past when I had asked him about his black bear hunting he always told me “you just need to see it to believe it”. After seeing it last June I’m glad I finally had the chance.
“You just need to see it to believe it,” ~ Outfitter
First of all, the country was awesome. The valleys were a beautiful green overlooked by snow-capped mountains. To top off the incredible setting, the bear encounters were truly like nothing I had ever seen. British Columbia doesn’t allow baiting so this is a spot/stalk only hunt. The morning and early afternoon is spent relaxing and shooting bows. The late afternoons and evenings are spent glassing and stalking bears. The black bears are down out of the high country gorging themselves with the fresh vegetation. Considering the thick Cedar canopy, the grasses grow along railroad tracks, roads, fields and homesteads. Hunters do not need to be in great shape for this hunt. The black bears are in the valleys so it is basically flat. This hunt is truly for any age hunter that likes the idea of stalking a black bear. The outfitter has experienced 100% success with his rifle hunters and 75% success with his bow hunters.
The week spent in British Columbia was super exciting. I saw 7-12 different Black Bear every day. Todd, my hunting partner and I had multiple opportunities! I was in bow range on 6 black bears and ended up taking a beautiful black boar with my bow. Todd also had opportunities and ended up taking another great boar with his rifle. I have never seen so many black bears in one area and I’m excited to share this hunt with my clients. If you’re looking for some great spot and stalk black bear hunting in some incredible country, this one will be at the top.
Good luck on your next black bear hunt, I hope you are successful Russ Meyer 208-941-2330