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 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 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. The last two years I’ve been blessed to share this with my son and he’s taken two bears with his bow. I’ve hunted over bait for many years, but have really enjoyed some great spot/stalk hunts the last few.
In 2011 I hunted with one of our British Columbia outfitters. I had hunted with Jeff in the Edmonton bow zone for whitetail in the mid 90’s, but had not had the chance to experience his BC hunts. He guides for moose, grizzly and black bear in BC, 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”. Needless to say, he was right!
First of all, the country was awesome. The valleys were beautiful, overlooked by snow-capped mountains. To top off the incredible setting, the bear encounters were truly like nothing I had ever seen. BC 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 bears are down out of the high country gorging on the fresh green-up. 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 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 BC was super exciting. I saw 7-12 different bears every day. Todd, my hunting partner and I had multiple opportunities. I was in bow range on 6 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 bears in one area and I’m excited to share this hunt with my clients. If you’re looking for a great spot and stalk black bear hunt in some incredible country, this one will work. Give me a call or email me and I’ll be happy to share the details.
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