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Location
Idaho
Dates
April 15th - May 31st
Species
Black Bear, Color Phase Bears
Cost
$2800 per hunter
Difficulty
Moderate Terrain
Overview
Black bear hunt in Idaho. This is a great hunt for all ages and bear are hunted over bait. Many opportunities for success.
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Detailed Description

Idaho Spring Black Bear
We've been on this hunt many times over the years.  It's one of our favorite bear hunts in North America, in some of the country's most beautiful, rugged terrain.  The fact bait can be used in this area, and hunts take place on private land, greatly boosts success rates.

It's an any weapon hunt over established baits.  Shots range from 15-150 yards, and 70% of the bears taken recently are color phase, with cinnamon being most common, chocolate, next.

The camps consists of small cabins and a main gathering hall for meals.  The camp is basic but comfortable and each cabin features a gas heater for those chilly nights.  Showers are available.

Hunts usually take place in the afternoon, when bears are most active.  Those who want to hunt in the morning, or sit all day, can, but due to the late nights, most hunters choose to sleep in and hunt during the afternoon/evening hours, or hunt turkeys in the morning.

Trail cameras are used to track movement and evaluate bears.  Archers will want to pick flat terrain to hunt from, for if a bear is hit on a steep ridge, tracking jobs and pack outs can be brutal.  For rifle hunters, big bore guns are not an overkill, as it's best to anchor a bear, quickly, in this steep terrain.

Accessing most baits is easy, as hunters can usually be driven to the site where they are dropped off and picked up.  This makes it a comfortable, fun hunt for all ages and experience levels.

Spring Bear Hunts
This is a five day hunt offered in three camps, an upper and lower camp and two wilderness camp options. The upper camp is high elevation, where mornings and evening can be chilly early in the season. This is where we've spent most of our time with the outfitter. The lower camp is in a pristine river valley surrounded by mountains. Hunts in both of these camps typically start later in April and run through the end of May. This outfitter has a 95% success rate over the years, with shot opportunities running higher than that. The open dates remaining for the spring of 2016 are May 11-15 and May 16-20 in the upper camp, May 22-26 and May 27-31 in the lower camp. Turkeys can also be hunted in combination at both of these camps.

The wilderness camp also has two options, both of which are situated in Idaho's breathtaking backcountry. One is based out of a wilderness lodge, where two bears can be taken as well as wolf. Hunt dates for this camp in 2016 are May 16-20 and May 23-27. The wilderness pack-in camp is from tents, and hunters will want to be in shape. The dates for these 2016 spring bear hunts are June 6-10, June 13-17 or June 20-24.

Turkey Hunts
Do-it-yourself turkey hunts can be added for no additional cost, other than your tag.  Turkeys are of the Merriam's subspecies and are often hunted in the morning, while bears are hunted in the afternoon.  You'll do your own calling on these hunts.

Late Season Hunts
The outfitter also offers late season spring bear hunts in the wilderness of northern Idaho.  There are two options here.  One is a tent camp style hunt, packed in on horses and the other a wilderness lodge camp.  Two bears can be taken on these hunt, as can wolves should the opportunity present itself.  This outfitter begins these hunts in late May and run through late June.

Tag & License Costs
- $154.75 for nonresident hunting license.
- $186.00 for regular season nonresident bear tag.
- $31.75 for reduced bear tag (wilderness lodge/pack-in hunts), hunters can get 2 bear tags each on this hunt.
- $80.00 for nonresident turkey tag, hunters can get 2 tags.
- $31.75 for wolf tag, only good for wilderness hunts.

Travel Planning
If choosing to drive, accessing both camps is easy, even by car. If flying, the closest airport is in Lewiston, Idaho. From there, rent a car and head south two hours, to bear camp. If wanting to spend time around Boise, the drive north to camp takes about four hours. The closest town to both camps is Grangeville.




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