Originally Posted by Confused
It is UNREAL the number of bear outfitters in Canada! How in the world do you pick one out of all of them!
What kind of bear hunt do you want to go on? For example, would you rather do a spot and stalk hunt or do you have no problem hunting from a stand at a baited site? Do you prefer to drive to the hunt or would you be willing to fly? Do you like to hunt with a bow or would either a rifle hunt or bow hunt be more to your liking?
Would you be satisfied with seeing only a few bears or would you like to hunt in an area where twenty or more sightings in a week are possible? What is your price range? Do you want a color phase bear or doesn't that matter.
As to the first question, British Columbia is spot and stalk only. From Alberta eastward to New Brunswick, baited hunts are the norm.
If you want to drive to the hunt, you would be limited to those provinces within driving distance. You would probably want to fly to Saskatchewan, Alberta, or British Columbia.
Baited hunts are probably the best for bow hunting.
You will see the most bears in places like British Columbia. I saw over forty on one hunt, but less than a dozen on another. For a hunt over bait in Manitoba, Saskatchewan, or Alberta, seeing a dozen bears in a week is decent (you might see more).
The most color phase bears are in the western provinces, but you should be sure to ask the outfitter what percentage of his bears are color phases other than black.
Price varies. I spent $600 on one bear hunt back in 1994. I didn't see a bear. I have spent well over $3,000 on hunts where I took two bears, or could have if I wanted to. There are decent bear hunts from $6,000 down for a week. In general, you get what you pay for.
The coondawg's advice is good. A booking agent like Larry Holjencin costs you nothing and you get his expertise in checking out hunts. Any other questions, feel free to ask.