Bear Hunter Questions
Bear Hunter – Frequently Asked Questions
Most commonly asked questions by our Bear Hunters …
What’s your success rate ?
Overall success rates vary from 85% – 100%. Rates are calculated by not only harvested bears, but bears that could have been harvested at the bait while hunters were in the stand. Many hunters see multiple bears at the bait – so bring your camera !
What’s your average sized Bear ?
Average size for Black Bears across Northern Ontario are 200 lbs with mature boars ranging upward to 600 lbs.
How many hunters do you have in camp each week ?
We reserve 4 hunters for the week of the Spring hunt, and 4 hunters normally each of the 3 weeks for the fall hunt – but at times we are asked to host 6 hunters in a group, but 6 is the maximum. We have 27 bait sites / stands – 200 sq. kms. of Bear Management Area.
What’s the best hunt week ?
All 4 weeks of our hunt have equal success – 1 week in Spring & 3 weeks in Fall.
Should I bring my own tree stand ?
No – we supply sturdy, wooden stationary ladder stands, but if you intend on bring along a Jr. Hunter or Photographer, they will need a climber or hang on stand. We do not recommend having 2 people in the tree due to double the scent, movement and size of silhouette.
Should I bring my own ATV ?
It is not necessary as we supply transportation to and from your stand, but for a larger group (more than 4 hunters), it is recommended to bring one ATV for the 2 extra hunters.
How far is my shot distance ?
All stands are set up for 20 – 30 yard shots.
Can I hunt with my Bow and my Rifle ?
Yes – you can have both with you in the stand.
How high are the stands ?
The ladder stand platform is 16′ with your eyes at 20′ while sitting. Standing your shot would be from 22′.
Will I have to bait my own stands ?
No, unlike many other Outfitters – we bait the stands daily – you are guided to your stand, and we service it daily at a scheduled time that we have done so for the previous 4 – 6 weeks. You … relax and enjoy your hunt.
Can I bring my own bait ?
No – we do not ever change the bait that we’ve used for weeks before your arrival. Experience has taught us that NEVER change the bait or the scent at the bait or there is a good chance that the mature bear(s) that have become comfortable there – will leave the area.
What can I do after I shoot my bear ?
Fishing is always a great pass time when your Bear is in the freezer.
Why do you not allow all traditional archery equipment ?
Experience has taught us, that due to poor performance from some long bows and recurve bows, the percentage of wounded animals that are not retrievable increases. Thus, we take no chances.
Why do you not allow mechanical broadheads ?
Again, experience has taught us, that due to poor performance from all mechanical head, (yes, including Rage) – the percentage of wounded animals that are not retrievable increases. Thus, we take no chances. We only hunt with heavy grain 3 or 4 blade high quality fixed broadheads.
Why do you not allow lead slugs for shotgun & muzzle loader hunters ?
Again, experiencing wounded animals that are not retrieved has shown us that lead sabot slugs will tend to shatter into lead pieces on impact of bone – thus, we only allow copper solid slugs that “mushroom” and do not come apart at impact.
Do Bow Hunters have a spot to practice shooting a target at camp ?
Yes – in fact, we insist on practice for all Bow Hunters. A duplicate stand is erected at camp with a block target for each Hunter to practice daily before their hunt. We require that all Bow Hunters and their equipment be accurate and consistent, so we ask that you shoot your bow daily before leaving camp. A good test is to place a square “sticky note” on the target – and impress us and your buddies by putting 3 arrows through the paper !
What time can we arrive at camp on our scheduled Saturday date ?
You can arrive after 2 pm – get settled in – then attend our Saturday evening, 7 pm Hunter Orientation Meeting.
How do I pay my balance on arrival along with license and tax ?
Cash or E-Transfer On Arrival (no cheques please).