Bear Hunt

An apex predator of the Canadian wild, black bears can weigh up to 600 pounds and boast impressive speed, agility and sense of smell. Take extra care when hunting these majestic, yet potentially dangerous creatures. Those who succeed are rewarded with a beautiful fur pelt, and a good story or two.

Defining Characteristics

Rut Season: Last week of September & first week of October

Before The Hunt

  • Black bear's thick long hair absorbs the blood and makes tracking much more difficult
  • .270 to .300 magnum cartridges increase the likelihood of a clean kill

During The Hunt

  • Call bears from upwind using suffering varmint or fawn bleats
  • Dying rabbit and the young of moose, caribou, elk and deer

After The Hunt
Did you know that leaving fat on your bear meat will increase the likelihood of the meat becoming rancid later in the processing? Be sure to get a sharp knife and trim as much fat as possible without creating meat waste.

SHOT PLACEMENT

Broadside – Lungs, liver, heart

Front – heart

Quartering – heart

SEASONS BY PROVINCE

Prov.SpeciesDatesCostGuide Ref.
B.C. Black April 1–June 15,
Aug. 15–Nov. 30
$20.00 pg. 27–87
Grizzly N/A N/A N/A
AB Black April 1–June 15,
Sept. 1–Oct. 31
$20.65 pg. 45–54
Grizzly N/A N/A N/A
SK Black April 15–June 30,
Aug. 26–Nov. 1
$25.00 pg. 31
Grizzly N/A N/A N/A
MB Black April 29–June 30,
Aug. 26–Nov. 1
$36.25 pg. 42
Grizzly N/A N/A N/A
ON Black May 1–June 15,
Aug. 15–Nov 30
$43.86 pg. 78
Grizzly N/A N/A N/A
QC Black May 15–June 30,
Aug. 25–Nov 17
$53.96 N/A
Grizzly N/A N/A N/A
Prov.SpeciesDatesCostGuide Ref.
NB Black April 15–June 29,
Sept. 2–Nov. 2
$42.00 pg. 17
Grizzly N/A N/A N/A
NFLD Black April 1–July 13,
Aug. 10–Nov. 30
$35.10–$39.00 N/A
Grizzly N/A N/A N/A
NS Black Sept. 9–Dec. 7 $26.57 pg. 12
Grizzly N/A N/A N/A
NWT Black Aug. 15–June 30 $22.00 pg. 19
Grizzly April 15–May 13,
Aug. 15–Oct. 31
$22.00 pg. 20
Polar Oct. 1–May 31 $22.00 pg. 21
YK Black April 15–June 21,
Aug. 1–Nov. 15
$5.00 pg. 65-74
Grizzly April 15–June 21,
Aug. 1–Nov. 15
$25.00 pg. 65-74
NVT Black July 1–June 30 $15.00 pg. 12
Grizzly July 1–June 30 $35.00 pg. 13
Polar July 1–June 30 $35.00 pg. 13

The information presented above is meant as a quick reference and does not represent all areas of residence, species and other regulatory requirements. Dates are subject to change based on management zone, animal class and hunter specifications. Please refer to the dates posted on each province’s/territory’s website, available by clicking on the province/territory name and referring to the 'Guide ref.' page numbers column.

Deer Hunt

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Deer

Of the five deer species found in Canada, White-Tail Deer are the most sought after by hunters. They are typically found in fields and meadows, relying on clusters of brush and trees for shade. During the winter, they typically prefer forested conditions to take shelter from the cold Canadian climate.


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Elk Hunt

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ELK

A full-grown bull elk can stand as tall as 9 feet, with antlers reaching 4 feet above their head. Don’t underestimate the sheer size and weight of these beautiful giants. Hunting elk can be a challenging, but intensely rewarding experience, providing you have the gear and know-how to get the job done.


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Moose Hunt

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Moose

A bull moose in full spread is one of the most imposing animals in the Canadian wilderness. Taller than a saddle horse, large bulls can weigh over 1300 pounds. Hunters who are brave enough to take down a full-grown moose are often rewarded with a large and impressive trophy.


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Sheep Hunt

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Horned Sheep

One of the most difficult animals to hunt, big-horned sheep are among the most prestigious targets in the Canadian Rockies. In hostile, high-elevation environments, where the weather can change on a dime, physical fitness and preparation are a must when hunting these regal beasts.


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