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My Bear hunting experience in New Brunswick Canada at Big Paw Outfitters.

Arrive on Sunday afternoon unload gear shoot bow, post 14 hour drive.
Monday 09:00 breakfast meet guides shoot bows and talk with fellow hunters. 14:00 Dinner then 15:00 out to stands sit in stand for 4.5 hours see nothing but squirrels. 21:00 back to camp had Tuna fish sandwiches talked to fellow 5 hunters. 1 Hunter stated he saw 7 bears nothing big. (Over 120lbs) everyone else saw nothing.
Tuesday 09:00breakfast 14:00 dinner out to stands by 15:00 placed in new stand. Moose hunters scouting approx 150 yards away in wood can hear them talking “A” see nothing back to camp by 21:00. Tuna fish sandwiches. Two hunters hit small bears one back to camp approx 100lbs. One bear left in woods till morning guide wanted to get back to camp.
Wednesday we go out in morning to find bear, we find bear ¾ devoured by coyotes. We go back to camp have breakfast. Meet new Moose hunters that arrive one is a game warden from PA what’s the chances, then dinner at 14:00 out to stands back to first stand see two baby cubs approximate 25 lbs each no sow Back to camp 21:00 Tuna fish sandwiches. Fellow hunter hit small bear Guide wanted to get back to camp because he was going Moose hunting in morning so left blood trail after 35 yards.
Thursday Morning I and fellow bear hunters go back to find bear, we had to go on our own because guides all busy with moose hunters. Track bear half mile before losing blood trail. Back to camp eat dinner back to stands by 15:00 only one guide available so he runs out 5 hunters in Ford 150 extend cab not quad cab. Back to camp by 21:30 same guide had to pick us all up. Get back to camp and find moose hunters and owner seating around drinking wine. (No Moose or bears seen) Talk to my guide and ask what do I need to do to a least see a bear stated I would sit in stand all day if needed.
Friday guide returns 08:00 to say what barrels were hit, drops me off at stand 1.5 miles from camp at 09:30 sit in that stand all day with light rain and see nothing. Back to camp 21:30 Tuna fish sandwiches. All Moose hunters tag out. All bear hunters see nothing
Saturday all guides going to be too busy skinning moose only one guide left for 5 bear hunters. Guide states he is going to hang beaver for bear bait. Says if that doesn’t bring them in nothing will. So back to stand at 09:00 sit in stand till 19:30 (Dark) see only 6 very fat raccoons come in and move small logs and clean out barrel. Picked up by same guide and 5 other hunters in same small truck no one sees anything. Get back to camp and Moose hunters and owners sitting around drinking to best hunt ever at camp.
So you be Judge worth $ to go to this camp every again?
 

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I wouldn't go back. Did you get references before you booked? You need to talk to people who were successful and unsuccessful. I like going through a consultant to book my trips. Unless I know someone who was there. There is a sponsor on here Premier Hunting Adventures. I have used Bullseye Outdoors. It takes the guess work out of it and you most likely won't run into problems like this.
 

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first i would have to know how much $ it cost u , but sounds like they are moose camp first , and for the tuna fish, that would have been a problem that we would have solved with the owner right then and there, all i can say is it pays to research hunting trips, me and my brother made the trip to new brunswick, 8 seasons in a row , back in the 90s we both took 6 bears in those 8 seasons, only one year we did not see a bear, cause of the high winds and rain, that outfitter, was darrlington hills , out of buisness now, sold it. but no i would not go back, i guess its a lesson learned the hard way for you, but at least u know better next time.but i would tell who ever u saw at hunting shows are were ever, of your bad time u had with them. they treated u bad, do the same. good luck next hunt.
 

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First thing you have to realize , is that everybody who goes to Maine or New Brunswick does not get a bear...You only hear from the guys that do...Many are unsuccessful.

Much of the hunting in NB is on public land...If the outfitter put his moose hunters in your hunting area, then I would have an issue with him...If it was just locals, then hey, that's life.

The part where all the guides were busy working on moose is not acceptable...The outfitter's job was to have guides to attend to your hunt......You should have confronted him right then and there.....I would contact him and demand some sort of compensation...No outfitter wants negative internet exposure.

As far as the hunt itself, hey you's saw some bears....Nobody running a fair chase outfit can guarantee you any more than the chance to see something...It is certainly not a basis to grade an outfitter on, especially in a negative manner....The service is....


And lastly...Did you have any tuna?
 

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I second the spring hunt, but be sure to have a bugsuit or at the least a facenetting or mask. blackflies will drive you insane
 

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I have gone in the spring and my experiance was completely opposite of yours. I have another hunt booked for this spring. If you go in the spring you will definately want to take a thermacell along as well as a good bug suit. the week I was up 6 of the 7 hunters in camp shot bear and the 7th could have but passed on several 300 pounders. We were treated like kings. Moose steaks, lobtser, ham, freshly caught Salmon and a full spread of everything imaginable.
 

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Big Ben you can be funny sometimes your ending was good...Ha Ha... Bear huntin is what it is huntin. Guides make it or break it. Outfitter i did in Maine fed us so good i gained 5 lbs. At night the snack stuff was like burgers st. sand. fries, she would (the cook) ask what we wanted after huntin great. Dinner was about 1 pm. breakfast was 8 am and the works and never endin coffee. ^hrs. on stand fall so bugs aren't as bad but still bad. Canada spring forget about it. Head net, tape long sleves to arms and tape pants to boots bad. !st. time up was diy so we ate good depended on ourselves good time. 2nd. stayed at camp won't say who but his outfit was a -0... That time wife was along and to see her disapointment in it pushed me over the edge . Saw this lamebrain at outdoor show last yr. wanted to get in his face in front of his stand and make a sean but again wife along and she controled me. Thanks for lettin me blow off alittle...later
 

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I have numerous people that have hunted big paw with guide Kevin over the last 5 yrs and ALL had a great time and ALL got bear or had a opportunity.
I am surprised to hear this.
 

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Three of my friends were at Big Paw the week before said incident occurred. They all saw bear, only one guy got one though. They say its a nice place and the food is great. Never mentioned anything about tuna! My friend did tell me that the owner and one of the guides had moose tags and they had 3 hunters coming to hunt moose. Probably more interested in moose then bears I'd say. Tough break.
 

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Many folks assume that once they book with an outfitter, success is a done deal.....Not so by a long shot, and frustrated by the "lack of return" on their hunting dollars,will write a scathing review in an attempt to villanize the outfitter, even though others who have hunted with the same outfit have presented glowing accounts of their own experiences....It's up to the reader to determine if the report is one-sided or open-mindedly accurate.

Here's a hint.......Look for repeated references to tuna.
 

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I agree, Ken. Most folks who book bear hunts expect to kill a bear, not just see a few. Is this realistic? Probably not, but there are bear hunting outfitters where it is very probable and there are cheap bear hunts where you might have a chance at one, maybe. You get what you pay for.
My buddy Dave went on a hunt in New Brunswick where there were 16 hunters in camp and 14 got bears. It is definitely a possibility.
I have never hunted in Maine, but it is still on the short list of places to go. Hunts there are quite reasonable, but you have to check references carefully. Be sure to ask about meal quality. The thing that blew my mind from this hunt report was the tuna sandwiches. Most outfitters know that the keys to a happy hunter is a full belly and seeing game. You can pretty much do the first one with little effort, but the second one is hard to guarantee.
If anyone wants the names of outfitters where you will most probably kill not one but two bears, or where your chances of getting a color phase bear are pretty decent, drop me a pm and I will give you some outfitters names where I have had success. I will warn you in advance. You don't get a hunt like that for $1500.
 

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Muttley, Your right with Outfitters quality.. Anyone that thinks it's a 100% score is in La La land. Bear hunts are funny thing cause alot of them are alittle on the bad side. I saw an outfit in Maine one time, about 7=8 guys huntin out of a 22 ft. camper trailer and Blue tarps. They only outfit in bear season and sneek on others blocks. The Guide Asso. of Maine needs to jump in and control some of these guys. Makes it bad for the up and up Outfitters. IMO attn. needs to be given to what your huntin if bear then hunt bear. Moose and bear overlap in Maine (i think). If your huntin duel hunts like deer and elk thats different. My last time in Maine the outfit was run by a woman and she was great. Set the rules up first. Eatin meals time what she wanted from you in the bush and what to do if something goes wrong. What the plan is for the hunt both ways up front means alot. One outfit tried to put me in a bear stand that was a bow stand 25' from bait so i got that fixed., then he got me on a nice distance shot but the stand was a 4x4 sheet of plywood and a foldin card table chair in along a trail. Just that is enough to make you freek out. Bottom line like you said ask around first they always paint a nice picture. If i plan something next I'll talk to you first If you don't mind...later
 

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No problem. I've been on a bunch of outfitted hunts and can usually help folks out. Just drop me a PM.
 

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Wow - I have also hunted at Big Paws with Kevin back in 2008. There were 7 of us in camp, we all tagged out, and all saw multiple bears. Now, we went the first week of Oct. I am suprised - shocked really. I called every reference there was to call. I did not have 1 person say anything bad at all about Big Paws.

I am sorry to hear you did not enjoy yourself.

Wasn't there a cook there?
 

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Follow up to few comments, yes I did research and all I could find were positive comments on guide. Talked to Kevin and was told they had over 24 bait stations but hunters where just rotated between same seven stands. Was told by Kevin that I would most likely get bear Monday or Tuesday of hunt. My exceptions were to see a shootable bear, not a trophy bear. Two fellow hunters had been their two times before and were very happy so they came back again stated that they were also unhappy with their trip. Felt that they were treated 2nd rate because they were not moose hunting .New cook, as for meals breakfast and dinners where good. But after seven hours in stands and two day of over 10 hours something other than same cold sandwiches would have been nice. If the main focus of the week was to be moose hunting then guide should not have booked bear hunting that week.
 
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