Blackbear Hunts

Blackbear

Located on the forest/ farmland fringe where the cover of the boreal forest is vast and dense, but the benefit of the nutrient rich agriculture is evident in the game populations. The black bears benefit from the ample amounts of forage available every summer and fall.

In the spring black bear season these bears come out of the den hungry looking for food. At this time they get onto the baits in numbers. It is a pecking order and for us as guides we make it our mission to make these big bears competitive with one another. It is a balance of keeping ample feed there but also letting them know that when the dinner bell goes off they better get there for their share of the premium goodies. All of our stands are extremely active with the possibility of harvesting a trophy black bear.

A typical day of spring bear hunting is waking up to a continental style breakfast. From there the morning and early afternoon can be spent doing whatever you’d like to do, from fishing, shooting our archery course, or lounging. In the mid afternoon we will have a big meal to carry you through your evening’s hunt. After your meal has settled we will load in the guide’s pickups and head for the Saskatchewan woods. Depending where the most active stands are, will depend on which mode of transportation we will use to take you into your stand. UTV, ATV and argo’s are all used to access our stand locations. Everyone will be given a communication device which can be used to contact our guide team in case of a bear down, or any other concerns or emergencies. If your guide has not heard you throughout the evening, then the standard just after legal light pickup with take place. You will then be transported back to camp where a spread of hot food will be waiting for you. Stories of that nights black bear hunts will be shared and successful hunters black bears will be skinned by our guide team. From there we will begin to prepare for the next day ahead.

Fall black bear hunting is different from our spring hunt as the black bears are concentrated around the ample feed of the Saskatchewan oat fields. Different tactics can and will be used depending on what our scouting report tells us. Your hunt could be over active bait sites, spot and stalk in oat fields, or sitting field edges in a tree stand. All of which are effective strategies when implied at the right time and under the right conditions. We start the day with a continental breakfast before heading out for the mornings hunt. After a period of time we will head back to camp for a hot lunch, and to kick back before we hit the woods again that evening. We will hunt until the end of legal light and then head back for a delicious supper prepared by our own culinary expert Georgie.

All of our black bear hunts are 6 days and include a day of guided fishing on the world class fishery of Tobin Lake. It is optional but an opportunity for a day of fishing that not too many waterbodies in the world are capable of providing.

What should I bring on my Saskatchewan black bear hunt?
  • A mesh bug proof head cover, for the mosquitos. Bears like to be near water in heavily wooded areas. Freshly hatched mosquitos also like these areas making this item a very important item that I would not recommend going without.
  • Bug proof gloves: While I’m on the mosquito topic bare skin is a bad idea. You want to be able to sit still and do your best to be undetected while on the stand.
  • Quiet Camo Rain Gear: Although the rain isn’t the best of hunting conditions it is one that is unpredictable and one that we will endure and hunt through, so having the right gear for the situation is important.
  • Orange ball cap and Vest: I’m speaking for rifle hunters headed to our neck of the woods in Saskatchewan. This is a regulation for all rifle hunters or bow hunters carrying a rifle. Bowhunters, muzzleloaders and shotgun hunters are exempt from this rule.
  • Water Proof Boots: Every stand location is different but some might include a little bit of swamping on the ATV’s to get to. Dry feet ensure a comfortable evening in the stand.
  • Reasonably Warm Clothing: The spring weather in Saskatchewan is a unpredictable variable on your hunt. It can range from the mid 40’s on through the lower 70’s. Having the right gear with you to comfortably endure these temperatures will ensure a pleasant experience.
  • 2 boxes of Ammunition: Airlines and baggage handling is another unpredictable aspect of your trip. Having extra ammunition so that any issues with your firearm and optics can be corrected before you hit the stand.
  • Firearm or Bow: It’s hard to hunt without them.
  • Passport: It is a requirement for any non resident of Canada to enter the country.
  • Firearm at the Border: You are required to declare your firearm at the border by having the paperwork in the attached link filled out and on person. www.rcmp-grc.gc.ca/cfp-pcaf/form-formulaire/pdfs/5590-eng.pdf