Black Bear and Wolf Hunts

Our black bear/wolf hunts run from August 30- September 13.  These wilderness, horseback, tent camp hunts are a warm weather hunt.  All hunters must fly into the wilderness where they will be met by the guide at the airstrip.  We use gentle horses and mules and we serve hearty meals. The camp is our typical wall tent set up with a hunters’ sleep tent, guide sleep tent and cook tent.  Along with bear hunting, we also hunt wolves. Wolves were reintroduced into the Frank Church Wilderness in 1996. Since then they have expanded and proliferated to the point that we not only need a season, we struggle to keep their numbers in check.  Whereas mountain lions and black bears have one or two cubs or kittens every other year, wolves will have a pack of 5-10 (I have personally seen as many as 19) every year. Each hunter is allowed 2 bear tags and 5 wolf tags. Even though this is one of our easier hunts, it is still a horseback hunt so get in shape.  For the bears, we bait and spot and stalk. This time of year, the bears eat berries along the river. We glass and howl for wolves. We have had packs of wolves howling at us while saddling horses at camp and we have shot bears that wandered through camp. You never know where you are going to find predators. We have taken black bears that square over 7 feet and wolves that weigh in excess of 140-150 pounds; in fact, we have a top 10 wolf in the SCI record book.  If riding horses, hunting predators and hunting during warm weather is what you like, you will love this wilderness hunt and we want you to help us reduce the predator population in the largest wilderness in the lower 48 states.

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