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Black bear hunting

Black bear hunting. If you want to hunt black bear, you'll often have to face mother nature as well. They can travel great distances, and it takes time to hunt them. The most common form of hunt is walk n’ stalk through the terrain, but tracking with dogs is also very popular and effective. Most…

Black bear hunting. If you want to hunt black bear, you’ll often have to face mother nature as well. They can travel great distances, and it takes time to hunt them. The most common form of hunt is walk n’ stalk through the terrain, but tracking with dogs is also very popular and effective. Most of the hunt is done on foot, but quadbikes, boat or 4×4 are often used to get into bear country. Whether it’s forest covered mountains, or the rocky shores of Vancouver Island, the black bear is exciting to hunt. Black bear hunts can be exhausting, but when you find a black bear worth taking, you will forget everything about being tired!

The black bear is found throughout North America, and there are subspecies as far south as Mexico!

The black bear might be omnivorous, but it’s mainly an opportunist, and will eat whatever is available. It’s diet consists of berries, fresh sprouts from trees and grass, while they will rarely hunt for prey. The male bear, called a “boar”, is both bigger and heavier than the female bear, a “sow”. After the black bear has hibernated they are frantic about food, and must regain all the weight lost over the winter. This is the time of the year when many hunters choose to hunt black bear. You wont’t see black bears fight very often, although the old boars can maul young cubs, if they’re not his own. Like most other bear species, the black bear hibernates.

A black bear trophy is stunning! The big paws, long claws, and the enormous head, can give any hunter goosebumps. The skin of an old boar is very beautiful, especially right after their hibernation. The big boars are easily recognized by the way they walk, as they waddle like a goose, with big heavy steps. Besides the waddle, one can observe the shape of their head; the older bear has a head shaped like an equilateral triangles from nose to ears, while the younger bear’s triangle is pointier. A full grown black bear measures close to 7 ft. from nose to tail. The skull is just a big a part of the trophy as the skin is. Black bear hunting takes us back to our roots; you have to work hard for a great trophy!

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The American black bear (Ursus americanus) has much in common with the grizzly bear. A full-grown boar weighs between 330 – 550 lbs., and measures 6 – 7 ft. whereas a female weighs 150 – 375 lbs. The black bear’s winter coat is jet-black, though it comes in different color variations; white, cream, cinnamon and brown. The bear’s sense of smell is seven times better than a dogs. The black bear is not afraid of water, and can swim confidently, while on land it can reach a top speed of 48 km / h.

Both males and females are recognized as trophies, but the male grows to be the biggest. The enormous paws and giant bodies are both unique trophies. Trophies where the skull measures close to 1 ft. are very special. Likewise, if the bear measures close to 7 ft. from head to tail, you have a very good trophy! A lot of hunters choose to have the skin and skull separated as a trophy, though many get their black bear fully mounted. Trophy-wise, you should be absolutely sure what subspecies of black bear you are hunting, because there are big differences in size between the different black bear species! In order to score a medal, your trophy will have to obtain the following points:
Bronze: 19     Silver: 19 9/16     Gold: 20 1/8 SCI

The black bear is active during both day and night, but rarely associates with other bears. The black bear’s diet consists of berries and green sprouts. The older males can be very territorial, and will defend the best feeding areas. The females are usually more than three years old before it comes in heat, which lasts two to three months. A typical bear lives 18 years in the wild, although they can get older. The black bear has no natural enemies. Confrontations between black bears and grizzlies or wolves are rare, though smaller predators can kill cubs, if the sow is distracted.