Black Bear


Bowhunting for Black Bear in North America is an exciting undertaking that can be done in the Spring or Fall in many States and Provinces. Many areas have excellent and healthy populations suitable for your Black Bear adventure. When researching an outfitter to book your bowhunt with it is critically important that you hunt with a bowhunting outfitter who understands what discriminating bowhunters need to be successful. There are many places that you can go and harvest a Black Bear but if you are looking for a true large skulled trophy Black Bear then you will definitely want to narrow your search. This is where we come in and can provide you with the trophy Black Bear bowhunt of your dreams.


Our outfitters are bowhunters themselves and along with their staff have a proven track record of producing some of the largest Black Bears taken each and every year in North America. It is this consistent trophy producing track record that puts our outfitters at the very top of the pedestal. Year in and year out our outfitters put true trophy Black Bears into the record books. Rest assured that if you book your next Black Bear bowhunt through us that you will be put in the very best situation possible to harvest a true trophy Black Bear. The P&Y minimum score for Black Bear is 18″. Our outfitters produce many 18″ – 20+” Black Bears every year.


If you plan to go black bear hunting, previous big game hunting experience is a plus, but not a necessity. Black bear spot and stalk hunting requires a high level of stalking skill on the part of the hunter and is a test for his trailing abilities in the field. It is also necessary for the hunter to carry suitable hunting equipment for the hunting trip. If hunting from an elevated tree stand, a certified safety harness is highly recommended and may be a requirement if hunting with our outfitters.


Stealth is of great importance while stalking black bear. They are quickly startled by sudden movements and can soon disappear if they detect wild movement like flailing arms or weapons. It is important that the hunter moves very quietly. Care should be exercised to make sure that one wears clothes that do not rustle while walking and boots that do not make noise.


With a highly developed sense of smell, (ten times that of a blood hound) Black Bears are able to detect smells emanating from bodies from great distances. To maximize your chances of success you should use scent covers to mask your scent while pursuing that record book Black Bear. Tobacco smoke, gasoline, engine exhaust and pet odors should be avoided before the hunt because the scent can permeate clothing and be carried along to scare the prey, which can immediately sense the unfamiliar scent. Keeping track of wind direction is also crucial to prevent the Bear from detecting your presence and therefore the Bear should always be stalked upwind.


When spotting a black bear during the hunt either from the ground or from a tree stand at a bait station, it is important to remain calm and take time to aim and execute the shot carefully, adjusting it to hit a vital organ. Any tendency to rush a shot should be calmed down by waiting or taking a deep breath. This will prevent losing a good trophy Bear, as Black Bears can move very quickly over considerable distances if wounded with a poor shot. Once you have the Black Bear recovered, remember to keep the skull for a scoring and to make a European Bear skull mount. The hide should be cared for carefully and quickly to ensure a quality rug or mount. You also have to be aware of applicable gaming laws. An appropriate gaming license should be obtained before going black bear hunting. A hunter needs to be careful to stay within restrictions. For example, shooting a female Bear that has cubs may be illegal depending on where the hunt is located. It is essential to check laws affecting the hunt before proceeding with the hunt. In case of doubt, checking with any outfitter or game warden can get the right answers.


A typical spring Black Bear season, where legal, is usually from mid April to the end of June. The fall season can run September through November. However there can be a difference of a few days between different States and Provinces.

Bear hunting licenses, like all other gaming licenses, are issued through agents located inside every State and Province. Many States have introduced an online system for making a hunting license application to the State’s Fish and Gaming department. This has greatly simplified matters. It is also possible to apply for licenses to the gaming department of a State through fax or mail order. Be sure to check with local agencies before heading afield and remember to stay safe!

When it comes to bowhunting, you should use a longbow, recurve or compound bow with a draw weight of at least 50 pounds. Some believe that a heavier draw would be better, but an accurate shot is much more important. Practice often, from many different positions in order to be confident and proficient with your shot. Heavy carbon arrows that match your draw weight and length are also important. They will give you the most kinetic energy to puncture the chest cavity. The broad head on the arrow should be razor sharp and as strong as possible. Broad heads with 2 or more blades at a minimum of 100 grains are required in most states and provinces. The proper bow, arrow, and broad head combo are capable of piercing through a thick hide, layers of fat, muscles, sinew and cartilage.


There has possibly never been a better time than now to take on the challenge and enjoy the fun of a trophy Black Bear bowhunt. Whether it is in the States here at home or somewhere deep in the Canadian bush we can set you up for the bowhunt of a life time. We will supply you with all the hunt details, logistics, references and information to make certain that you are going on the exact right bowhunt for your specific needs. Whether you are looking for your very first trophy Black Bear with a bow and arrow or you are a seasoned veteran looking for something different, we have you covered. We hope that you will consider using our service as it is free to the hunter. You to can join the long list of satisfied Bow and Arrow Adventures clients.


Best regards, Scott Alberda


” I have been on several hunts including Africa…I can say that Bow & Arrow adventures has a first class company. They value your business while providing top level service with an opportunity to harvest some of the largest bulls anywhere. “
Matthew Miller, MD – New Mexico Elk Hunt


" We had a great hunt, three out of five hunters in my party were successful on P&Y quality bucks. Scott provided all the information and took care of all the logistics for us. We will be using Scott and Bow and Arrow Adventures for future hunts. "


Chad Hole, CA - Wyoming Mule Deer Hunt


" Accommodations are in a top notch B&B. Trophy Quality is excellent. Guide worked hard to be sure you had the best possible opportunity to take a trophy. Would highly recommend to other hunters. "


Tim Fisk, AL - Kansas Whitetail Hunt


" Scott set us up with a first class hunt. The camp was the best, lots of game, great quality. It literally couldn't have been better."


Jack Jennings, CA - Texas Whitetail Hunt

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