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Old 01-29-2009, 06:51 PM
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After many years I am finally giving in and going to do my first bear hunt and I was hoping for a recommendation on a good outfitter. I have hunted whitetails with many outfitters so I have seen the good, bad, and sometimes ugly. I have no real preference for location other than the hunt being a spring hunt. I guess what I am looking for is the same thing everyone else looks for. Quality bears, comfortable accomodations (doesn't need to be a 5 star lodge, just have a hot shower, comfortable bed and edible food) comfortable stands set up for bow hunting, and personable hosts. This hunt will not be cheap so getting burned is something I want to avoid.
Other than an outfitter recommendation, what about timing? Is it generally better early or later in the season? Does that depend on province?
Any help you can give would be greatly appreciated

Thanks in advance
Joe
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Old 01-30-2009, 08:07 AM
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Do you want to fly or drive?

Where are you looking to go? Canada, or stay in US?

I know I'm not Ralph or Vicki but I just went on my first trip this year and I did get burned by the first guide I tried.

The guide I ended up with was real good. But not at the level of the guides Ralph and Vicki use.
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Old 01-30-2009, 04:12 PM
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After many years I am finally giving in and going to do my first bear hunt and I was hoping for a recommendation on a good outfitter. I have hunted whitetails with many outfitters so I have seen the good, bad, and sometimes ugly. I have no real preference for location other than the hunt being a spring hunt. I guess what I am looking for is the same thing everyone else looks for. Quality bears, comfortable accomodations (doesn't need to be a 5 star lodge, just have a hot shower, comfortable bed and edible food) comfortable stands set up for bow hunting, and personable hosts. This hunt will not be cheap so getting burned is something I want to avoid.
Other than an outfitter recommendation, what about timing? Is it generally better early or later in the season? Does that depend on province?
Any help you can give would be greatly appreciated

Thanks in advance
Joe
You know they list the outfitters they have used in or under the TV SHOW button listed right above this post in the green bar. Jus t click on it and the drop dwon will list the outfitters. Good luck on your first bear hunt.
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Old 02-21-2009, 03:23 PM
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JD,
Bear hunting can get in your blood and here is one that has been doing it since the 70's...yikes now you know my age! You are right on, we have had great hunts, ok hunts and hunts that really were BAD! Here are few things you need figure out.
Do you want to travel far? Are you looking for a color phase? Do you want more than one oppurtunity? HOw much do you want to $$$ and how much time can you take off?
There are some really good outfitters, like they said we have them on our outfitters page but before we get to that try and answer those questions.
Western Canada is great, BC is only spot & stalk it will cost a little more but you can take two bears and it really is a cool way to hunt..My Favorite!
Bait hunting is done all across Canada Alberta you can take 2 bears also and depending on where you go color phase oppurtunity can increase. Most of these camps are by wall tents and very comfortable. Sask has some great hunting too , some very good color phase and in any bear hunt if the outfitter really does his or her job you will have oppurtunity. Manitoba check out our two outfitters there you can't go wrong with either one, adn they all ahve color phases. Quebec has some very good bear hunting and normally if more affordable than most, mainly black bear there, not to many color.
Depending on the spring but here is what we base most of our times we pick each year on...Teh farther west you go the earlier you can count on, we will be hunting with Trophy West in BC the first week of May, then we head to Trophy Book Outfitters in Alberta middle of May and then we rap it up in mid June in Manitoba with Ken Gangler or Adreneline Outfitters. The more we get into June the more the sows get ready..(if you know what I mean) and this is when the big NO Brainers bears like Vicki likes to call them come out and want to play...The later in June the more rubbing you will see but we still ahve not seen any of those big boars rubbed like you see the smaller ones and sow later in June. Rubbing sort of looks like the top of my head......Doesn't make for a good rug or full mount. Hope this helps and let me knwo if you have any other questions. BEAR N DOWN 8 is almost here are you READY?????
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Old 03-15-2009, 12:59 PM
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Ralph- Vicki,
I will be hunting with Dan (Trophy Book Outfitters), May 16-24, will be hunting the main camp, is that the week you will be at the spike camp? Hope to meet. I hunted with Dan last year made my booking after I saw your program and you hunt with Dan.
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Old 03-18-2009, 08:43 PM
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Hello, I'll be at Trophy Book the 10th > 16th hunting Spike camp... This will be our first trip north to hunt bears... Can't hardly wait.... How many hunters does Dan run out of the main camp? Maybe we will cross paths on your way in... GOOD LUCK
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Old 03-20-2009, 03:58 PM
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When I talked with Dan he told me that he was having 4 hunters in camp the week of the 17th to the 24th. If you are staying at Chez Dube' on the 16th then we should cross paths. Good luck on your hunt.
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