You see I am a trapper at heart ! For obvious reasons I am not going to reveal all my secrets to the taking of so many giant trophy black bears.
Extremely Simple Instructions
It is not necessarily miles deep into the woods where the bear stand is located. It may be just a few hundred yards of a logging road to one of our best bear stands.
The strategy of location of the bear stand is extremely important, as well as access. You don't want a stand, where every Tom, Dick and Harry will pass by on the way fishing, nor have it, so the prevailing winds blow towards the bears usual access.
I want to give you an example of a bear hunt at Canoose Camps. We will take Monday for example, now, prior to you coming on your bear hunt, we have talked to you quite a bit and have learned a lot about you and what you could deal with and what you would find to much of a task.
After breakfast, your bear hunt starts. The first order of the day is sighting in of your guns after the long haul. To many times we missed or wounded and lost a beautiful trophy black bear because of this neglect. And around this time you will also be assigned your guide who is Mark, Andy or myself. Basically, this is decided on the ability of the hunters and the distance to the stands and the difficulty and there are other factors we take in to consideration such as health, fear of heights (we do have ground stands available) to mention a few. Each one of our guides have our own area and direction that we are going in. We have many, many stands and most of the stands we don't hunt them because their not hot at the time of your hunt. These bear stands are monitored very carefully and cautiously from week to week. Now this is where your bear guide comes in very valuable to you because obviously your not here prior to your hunt to do the necessary work to get a trophy black bear.
Now to continue after sighting in your gun on Monday morning,and being assigned your guide. You may be taken to a particular stand, we have already planned from last week which is due to be hot now. You may need to set up your portable bow stand ( if you are gun hunting there is a platform already built) another reason is to show you the location so that after lunch when it is time to go hunting you'll know exactly where to go and not need to be escorted to the bear stand. This way it saves time as you could see it would take quite a while for a guide to walk in and out of the tree stand which could be about a mile back. Therefore, that means the guide has to walk six miles in and out to get his three hunters in.
Now you might wonder why we didn't start hunting at the break of day. Which is usually the case for most hunting. Spring Black Bear hunting is a lot more successful if you eliminate the early part of the day, for that matter black bear hunting no matter when it is, is more successful during the latter part of the day.
Why we don't go on the bear hunt during the early part of the day is because you will most apt to scare the bears already at the bait or in most cases they may be sleeping within a few yards of the bear baits, our bear hunting strategy is to not let the bear know we exist and when he does discover we exist he is usually quite startled, you got to realize we are not hunting tame bears like the dump bears or national geographic show. From understanding bears you can begin to see how easy it can be to take a beautiful trophy black bear and you can also see how easy it would be to bugger the whole situation up.
If the bear is sleeping, which they do a lot, they also will sit like a dog sometimes an hour at a time for no reason, and supposedly you were there the whole day it would be nearly impossible to remain undetected due to noise, scent, shifting,etc.
It seems that bears are very shy of the day light as a general rule, but when dark comes they certainly become active.
So therefore, I gave you some of the reasons why we don't hunt in the early part of the day but about 3 o'clock which is just after the main meal, we head out on our bear hunt. The guide will escort you to the stand if needed and quickly get his hunters in hunting as soon as possible. Mind you, this is assuming you want to spend a lot of time in your tree stand as we have 6 to 7 hours of daylight left at this time of year. The whole idea of a bear hunt is to enjoy yourself and if you only want to be on your stand a few hours we will accommodiate you. We are here to help and you are here to enjoy yourself.
Along about dark your guide will come right into your tree stand if you require. We rather not because we fear of scaring off approaching bears and wising them up for later. We would prefer you to sneak out and we will meet you on the way. The trails are well marked so you wouldn't get off of them, but whatever you wish we will accommodate.
The guide will take you back to the lodge, where there is the third meal of the day and that buffet style to help yourself, to homemade bread, coldcuts, pies, cookies and maybe a pot of homemade soup and a lot of other goodies to numerous to mention.
Usually, the guide stations himself where he can hear a gun shot and go to your assistance when you shoot a bear. We try to get your black bear out at night if it hasn't run off. If it has ran off, we will leave the tracking to the next morning in daylight. Don't worry about losing a bear or destroying it be other critters, we haven't lost one yet in 30 years so I don't expect it will happen this year.
Bear Hunt phone 1-800-338-HUNT (4868)