Bear Hunting In The Land Of Chitwin

Imagine yourself in the land of Chitwin. Heavily forested, with a moderate climate, it rises from cobbled beaches to 2,000-foot mountains. For the last 150 years, only local tribesmen have hunted it. Its rivers are rich with salmon and steelhead trout, and berries and tubers abound. In short, the land of Chitwin is a land made for bears. And it grows some very big bears!

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ATVs, Bows For Bear, Moose

Outfitter Franklin Mullen makes his living deep in the bush of northern Ontario. I’m on the back of Mullen’s ATV, on my way through the forest of his 700,000-acre hunting concession. “Fresh tracks on the trail,” he whispers. “You notice where the bulls have been tearing up the alders with their horns? I spotted a moose bed back on the trail that wasn’t there yesterday, too. They’re starting to move in.” I also went bear hunting on the extraordinary trip.

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Boulder Mountain Bruin

When a discussion turns to black bear hunting, several locations are mentioned almost automatically such as Canada and the northern most states in the Midwest. There is one more section of the country that has its share of record book animals.

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Calling All Bears

We climbed hard for an hour up the talus Montana slope, scrambled over lodgepole deadfalls, and ducked into some thick spruce just as the rainsquall hit. I got comfortable and studied the landscape for logical approach routes for bears looking for what they expected would be an easy, tasty meal. The bear came on a mission … .

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Try A Fall Bowhunt For Bear

Since most bear hunting is done in the spring, we don’t think much about a fall bear bowhunt, but such forays have some great advantages. Bears fatten up considerably over the summer so a fall bear is going to be a bigger bear — maybe a giant one!

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Chilcotin Black Bears

The Chilcotin area of southwestern British Columbia encompasses numerous logging clear-cuts and lakes. The rule of thumb for spring bear hunting is to follow the dandelions … and here are more tips to help you out during your next bear hunt.

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Pat Goes To The Dogs

Indiana’s Pat Hendrixson traveled to Maine twice to hunt black bear. During each hunting trip, she sat patiently on the bear bait sites. On several afternoons in those years, she got the opportunity to draw her bow and send arrows at the bears, but had yet to harvest one. This third trip would be the charm.

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Bears Ain’t So Easy: Part 2

I was bowhunting for black bear in northeastern Manitoba. At last light, off to my right, where the swamp gave way to higher ground and the undergrowth was not so thick, we saw him. He was dogging a sow… he looked like a black Volkswagen Beetle!

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Bears Ain’t So Easy: Part 1

If you really don’t care if the bear rug in your den resembles the hide off of a black Lab, then no, shooting a bear is not going to be much of a problem. But if you are looking for a REAL bear, then listen up, because big bears, like big bucks, rarely come easy.

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