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August 30-Sept.3, Sept.4-8
Black Bear, Color Phase Bears
$2800 per hunter
Moderate terrain, potentially difficult with hounds.
Black bear hunt in central Idaho. Spot and stalk or with hounds. Very high success, especially with hounds. The hound hunts can be very physically demanding.
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Detailed Description

This is one of our favorite fall bear hunts and we’ve been on it multiple times.  Whether you’re a veteran bear hunter or a first timer looking to score, this is a great hunt.

This hunt began as spot & stalk, but as food source production changed in recent years, it’s switched to primarily a hound hunt. Last season we booked three hunters here, including a 13 year old boy, and all took bears with hounds. Before that, our party went 3 for 3 in three days, and one of those bears qualified for the Boone & Crockett Record Book.

The outfitter has some exceptional houndsmen, and their dogs are top-notch.  Success has been 100% in the past few years, with bow, rifle and pistol. Once the pack smells a bear, they’re turned loose to track it down. Sometimes the bears tree, sometimes they bay-up on the ground, making for exciting action. A series of logging roads on this private land hunt make getting into position much easier than on a wilderness hunt. However, hikes can be rugged and steep, and sometimes long. Then again, we’ve had many bears tree right by the road. You never know with hound hunting.

If desiring a spot and stalk hunt, that’s still possible. Here the plan is to hike to high points in the steep mountains and glass for bears as they move out of the timber into plumb thickets to feed in the draws below. Shots can be long, over 500 yards and hunters will want to be in good shape. Since hounds aren’t run in the evening, for fear of losing them overnight, spot and stalk is the primary approach on evening hunts.

The openings for the 2016 fall hunts are August 30-Sept.3 (opener), and Sept.4-8.  Accommodations are basic lodge-style, with full showers, baths and beds available.  There’s one main building, with a few cabins on the grounds.

Hunts with hounds start at daylight, while moisture is still on the ground, and run through late morning. It can be very hot in the day, in which case the dogs won’t be run. Most bears move into the wooded draws to feed at nighttime, then tracks are cut in early morning. Evening hunts are spot and stalk. Lunches are usually had at the cabin, midday.

Tag, License & Tax Costs
-$154.75 for nonresident hunting license.
-$186 for regular season nonresident bear tag.
-6% Idaho sales tax on cost of the hunt

Travel Planning
If choosing to drive, accessing the camp 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 White Bird, but there’s not a lot there; Grangeville is the closest town to the main camp.

Once tagged out, it’s usually your responsibility to get bear hides sealed, a tooth pulled and your kill, registered, which is done in Grangeville, about 45 minutes from camp.  Take a cooler to transport hide, skull and any meat, which is your responsibility to transport home.

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