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May 2024
Author: Isaiah Joner

It's springtime, and if you're anything like me, you're eager to lace up your boots, pack your gear, and head to the hills in pursuit of a mature bear. Whether you're considering a hunt across the border in Canada or staying within the states, there are plenty of options to explore.
In Canada, where over 400,000 bears roam the provinces, outfitted hunts offer a target-rich environment. Most hunts are conducted over bait, though spot and stalk or boat hunts are also popular in certain areas. Tag costs average around $300, with the opportunity to purchase multiple permits in British Columbia and Alberta. Guided bait hunts typically range from $3,500 to $4,500, while higher-end hunts can exceed $6,000. Huntin’ Fool Adventures endorses numerous outfitters in Canada known for high success rates in bear harvesting, promising an adventure worth experiencing.
For those preferring to stay in the contiguous United States, several western states offer accessible spring bear hunts. Idaho and Montana stand out as top recommendations for enjoyable and successful hunts.
Idaho, which is often looked at as "The Opportunity State," provides various hunting methods, including baiting and hound hunting in certain units. Non-residents may opt for guided hunts due to the permits and effort required. Tag prices vary from $41.75 to $186.50, depending on the unit, with additional tags available in some areas. Outfitted hunts typically range from $3,500 to $5,500, offering options for both guided and self-guided adventures.
Montana, known as "The Big Sky State," offers primarily spot and stalk hunts, with the majority of the bear population concentrated in the northwest region. Non-resident tags cost $350, and guided hunts with reputable outfitters typically range from $4,000 to $5,000. Montana is ideal for both guided and self-guided hunters seeking the challenge of public land hunting.
For those seeking the ultimate adventure in Alaska, hunts can be booked for black, grizzly or brown bears. Options include boat hunts, lodge-based hunts, bait hunts, or tent camps on the tundra. Prices vary depending on the hunt style and bear species ranging from $5,000 for black bears to $45,000 for your premium brown bear hunts. Advanced booking is recommended, although last-minute opportunities may arise. Reach out to us for assistance in finding the perfect outfitter or to start planning your dream bear hunt.