Black Bear Hunting Guides and Outfitters – Trips and Guided Hunts

Black Bear Hunting Guides and OutfittersBlack bear hunting guides and outfitters offer trips and guided hunts in many parts of the United States and Canada. For your convenience Hunting-Trips-R-Us have listed the states and providences that have guided black bear hunts from guides and outfitters for this big game animal, along with a few tips. Each state or providence listed will have different rules and regulations that you will need to look at before planning your next hunting trip. Each area of land will have different types of surface features with some offering large mountain ranges or deserts and plateaus, while others have valleys and thick forest throughout its borders. The hunting guide and outfitter that include a guided hunt within their services are listed in the web-pages from the links listed below. Those companies should be able to give you more detailed information about their guided hunts and tips about black bear hunting in general.


Black Bear Hunts in the United States

Just click on the destination in the United States that you want to plan your next guided hunt in, and the black bear hunting guides and outfitters will be listed for that area.

Bear States

Bear States


The guides or outfitters can help you with any rules or regulations that pertain to this big game and the laws that govern hunts in general.


Black Bear Hunts in Canada

Just click on the destination in Canada that you want to plan your next guided hunt in, and the black bear guides and outfitters will be listed for that Province.

Bear Provinces

Bear Provinces


The laws and regulations for Canada are different from the United States of America and should be investigated before you plan a black bear hunting trip.



Information on the Black Bear and Habitat

North American black bear: This big game animal lives in many states and providences in the United States and Canada. It is also one of the most common of all the bears. This species is sometimes referred to as the “clown of the woods” because of it amusing antics, such as standing on its head, dancing falling over and over, sitting down on its haunches, or begging for food with its forepaws stretched out in an almost human way. The black bear is often kept in zoos for display. Their cubs are sometimes even kept as pets, though they are said to be rather dangerous at that early age not to mention damaging to their development. They normally have to be given away to zoos or taught to feed themselves then set free in the wild or in a reserve for wild animals in National Parks. Setting them lose in the wild does expose them to the black bear hunting season.

The black bear is the smallest of all the North American bears. Some specimens weigh more then five hundred pounds. The average weight is between two hundred to three hundred and fifty pounds, but is seldom longer than six and one-half feet. The larges black bear known was killed in Arizona by a hunter, and weighted nine hundred pounds, which is a prize trophy that any hunting guide or outfitter would be proud of taking a picture of on their hunt.

They are heavy-set animals with thick, short legs, clawed feet, and a stumpy tail. The massive, long-snouted head is equipped with powerful jaws, bearing wide flat-crowned molar teeth for grinding up food. They also have canine, or eye teeth for eating meat. Though bears are classified as a carnivore, it is actually an “Omnivorous”, feeding on whatever animal and vegetable matter is available; fruits, grasses, roots, berries, honey, insects, fishes, and even the other larger mammals. They have been known to kill a moose or elk in the wild. They eat whatever they can and will sometimes bury what is left of the caucus, then coming back a few days later and dig up the meat to feed again. It is not uncommon for hunting guides or outfitters to find evidence of such a kill while they are on guided hunts in the woods with their hunters.

Because this big game has poor sight and hearing, they rely largely on their sense of smell, which is extremely good. They will sometime stand up on the back paws lifting their upper body higher into the air. This gives them a better chance at locating which direction the smell is coming from. They are said to be “Plantigrade”; that is, they walk with the naked sole and five toes of each foot almost flat on the ground.

Black bears can run very rapidly when they need to and can easily out run a man. They are skillful tree-climbers for their size and weight. Most black bears are timid, though they will make dangerous enemies if given the right circumstances. They seldom attack human beings unless they are wounded, defending their young, or have been teased with offers of food. They have often attacked and killed hunting dogs that have cornered them before the guide or outfitter arrived for the final shot. Hunts like this have taken their toll on many dogs in the past.

Though most black bears are entirely black, occasional some of the cubs have a brown patch on its nose or a patch of white on the chest. In addition, some varieties of this big game have brown fur instead of the traditional color. Such bears are called “cinnamon bears.” Sometimes the expecting mother has both the ordinary black cubs and cinnamon bear cubs in the same litter.

Black bears spend much of the winter sleeping in snug shelters within caves, hollow trees, or holes dug in the earth. They seem to like homes on northern slopes best, most likely giving them more sun light and warmth. Some outfitters and guides are skilled enough to be able to find these winter homes while on a hunting trip. Some parts of the winter are extremely bad and the weather is very severe or food is scarce, the bears may not stir out of their sleeping quarters for months at a time. This is not, however, true hibernation, since the bear retains a high body temperature and may wake from time to time.

Here the cubs are born in midwinter, normally one to two. When newborn, they are from seven to nine inches long and weigh only about half a pound. The cubs have very little hair at first, and their eyes are closed for nearly a month. They stay inside the den with their mother until they are about two months old. The cubs grow rapidly, and weigh about forty pounds by the fall of the year. They reach full growth in about two years. During that time the mother will teach the cubs all they need to know from feeding to protection.

They are often found in mountainous to heavy forest areas where they are normally hunted by guides and outfitters on planned big game trips. This type of surroundings not only provides food, but also provides protection from predictors like hunters. Many states or providences have borders that can easily allow them to travel from one area to another without being seen or interfering with populated areas or towns.

Black bears live from fifteen to twenty five years. The United States Forest Service estimates that there are over eighty thousand living in all the national forests of the United States. There are several other types of bear; the best-known are the grizzly bear, the Kodiak bear, and the Alaskan brown bear. The polar bear lives in the Arctic regions of both the New World and Old World. Another kind of brown bear lives in Europe and northern Asia. In southern Asia and the East Indies are found the sloth bear and the sun bear. The Atlas bear is the only kind of bear found in Africa. The only South American bear is the spectacled bear of the Andes.

Scientific Classification: Bears make up the family Ursidae. The names for some of the bears are: black bear, genus Ursus, species U. americanus; grizzly bear, U. horribilis; Kodiak bear, U. middendorffi; brown bear of Europe and Asia, U. arctos; polar bear, Thalarctos maritimus; sun bear, or Malay bear, Helarctos malayanus; and sloth bear, Melursus ursinus.



Black Bear Hunting Tips by Hunting-Trips-R-Us

The following are just a few tips for black bear hunting. There are many tactics that hunters use. These are just a few that may help you with your next hunt.

  • Tip One: Always find out the stats for the area you want to hunt bear in, since it can take several years to repopulate an area if it is heavily hunted. This information is invaluable.


  • Tip Two: Ask how the guide normally operates a hunt. Does he go with you or just points you in the direction he thinks is a good spot? A good guide will go with you to make sure you have a great hunting experience.


  • Tip Three: Does the guide use bait plots to get black bears to regularly visit certain areas? This is important, since they will tend stay in an area if the food is plentiful.


  • Tip Four: References are always a must. He should have a list of phone numbers of previous clients. If a client has a great hunting experience with this guide they will not mind helping him by being contacted by his potential clients.


  • Tip Five: If the guide has many openings then that is a sign that his operation is new or not as good as you may have thought. Most guides or outfitters have repeat business from the previous year. Meaning that some of the hunting spots will already be filled. Always ask about many different times during the season to see how many openings he has.


  • Tip Six: A good guide will take both gun and bow-hunters. He should have places all set up for you in advance. Some will not like to use a stand and would rather find the bears by searching them out. This is find if the right techniques are used.


  • Tip Seven: Some guides and outfitters will include hunting dogs in the packages that they offer. Make sure that you find out if you are responsible if one of the dogs gets hurt while in your services.


  • Tip Eight: Some of the packages for bear can include a hunting cabin or lodge, and meals. Make sure to ask if these are included in the price.


  • As we said these are just a few of the tips that you can use. There are many others, but always keep in mind to be safe when black bear hunting. Feel free to drop Hunting-Trips-R-Us a note with more any other tips you may have.





    Choose a State for Your Hunting Trip

    Hunting-Trips-R-Us hopes that you have a great black bear guided hunt. The guides and outfitters that we have listed in our Directory may be of help in the planning of your next trip. Please drop us a note if you have something you would like to share with us and our visitors.

    Bear hunts are a great sport. You should always keep in mind the weather conditions of the state and the lay of the land as these two factors will greatly affect the outcome of a guided hunt.

    The links we provide to the different black bear hunting guides and outfitters in each state should be able to help in planning your next guided hunt. Hunting-Trips-R-Us wants you to have a great experience on your next trip.