Bowhunting Black Bears

Posted by: Tracy Breen on Apr 8, 2013
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Bear season is right around the corner.  If you haven’t black bear hunted, consider doing it now!  Bear hunting is very enjoyable and is a dream-come-true for many bowhunters.  Most bear hunting is done over bait piles.  Most bait piles are only twenty yards from the treestand, creating an easy shot.  If hunting bears over bait doesn’t sound like fun to you, you can hunt with dogs or spot and stalk them.  In either case, close shots are the norm.  The average shot on black bears is 20 yards or less.  I shot a large bear a few years ago that was a mere eight or nine yards away when I let the arrow fly! (additional black bear tactics)


Master Target’s bear target makes learning where to aim easy.

The Right Spot
The biggest issue that many first time bear hunters face is “where to aim” on a bear.  Their lungs are not positioned like the lungs of a whitetail.  A black bear looks like a big pile of black fur when you are aiming at one.  Choosing the right spot can be a daunting task.  To prepare yourself for the task, buy a bear target.  There are several 3D bear targets available.  Master Target makes a face target like the one shown here that has the vitals outlined on it so you can become familiar with the vitals before you go hunting.


The author with a nice Quebec black bear.

Hunting Methods And Opportunities
Black bear hunting is a bowhunters’ dream-come-true because the success rate on guided and unguided black bear hunts is extremely high; making it the perfect hunt to go on if you are on a budget and want to travel out of state for an adventure.  A few years ago, I hunted black bears in a remote area in Quebec, Canada.  It truly was an adventure.  The hunt cost $900 per hunter, which included lodging and baits.  Out of ten or eleven guys in camp, all but one tagged out.  Odds like that are hard to come by in a whitetail camp and bear hunting, especially if you hunt in Canada, can be much more of an adventure than a typical guided whitetail hunt. (preventing black bear attacks)

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Re: Bowhunting Black Bears #
on my bucket list i would love to hunt a grizzly. This winter me and the wife are going to hunt her she's after her first kill a deer most likely but me on the other hand im going for black bear.
Posted by Scott goble on 5/8/2013 11:43:24 AM

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