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Not what you’re looking for? Find more articles on hunting predatory animals! The black bear rut occurs in late spring and early summer, peaking during the first couple weeks of June. During this time, hunting long hours in healthy bear populated areas, with properly set up bait stations or pre-scouted areas with natural forage, will likely yield bear sightings of all colours, sex and sizes. Hunting bigger, mature boars is tougher, as these smart, weary creatures seldom drop their guard, unlike the younger, foolish ones. But the rut holds the best opportunities to catch these breeding bruins throwing caution to … Read more »

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Manitoba is known internationally for the famous polar bears of Churchill, in the extreme northeast corner of the province. As well, increased eastern barren ground grizzly bear encounters are being documented across suitable habitats north of the tree line. To round it off, the geographical centre of North America is also home to a healthy population of large black bears, and they come in a variety of colours. Between all four of its borders, Manitoba has black bears inhabiting the majority of the landscape. No doubt lower densities occur in the north compared to agricultural or prairie regions in the … Read more »

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Not what you’re looking for? Find more articles on hunting predatory animals!   Four key elements to successfully harvest a black bear over bait Few activities are as rewarding as observing wild bruins up close in their natural surroundings, deep in the woods. Furthermore, harvesting an animal with primitive hunting equipment, like a bow and arrow, appears on many hunters’ bucket lists. Many areas in western Canada allow baiting for black bears during spring when they are hungry, so what could go wrong with piling up stale bread and setting up a nearby tree stand to arrow a boar? Truthfully, … Read more »

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Not what you’re looking for? Find more articles on hunting predatory animals! The Cessna Caravan’s left wing tipped down as the pilot guided the plane into a turn over the lodge and down the sandy air strip cut through the boreal forest. I couldn’t help but grin from ear to ear as I looked out into the expanse of wilderness, unable to detect any indication of humans for as far as my eyes could see. There were no roads, cut lines, communication towers or distant communities. There was simply green forest and blue-water lakes stretching to the horizon. I tried … Read more »

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Not what you’re looking for? Find more hunting articles! Saskatchewan residents, whether human or animal, know about winter. The past winter provided lots of snow, but actually relatively mild temperatures until nearly spring when it turned cold. This was a challenging situation for animals that had not had much to eat for several months. The province’s big game manager, Brad Tokaruk, said that for deer, “if winter isn’t over by the end of March, it is bad news. It is just too long without decent food and their fat reserves are used up.” Winter was not over by the end … Read more »

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Not what you’re looking for? Find more news and events! The province of BC is providing $225,000 to Bear Aware, an effective educational program designed to reduce and prevent human-bear conflicts and the number of bears that have to be destroyed each year. The most effective and natural way to prevent conflicts with bears in urban areas is to put away food attractants like garbage, birdseed, compost and fruit. Communities where attractants are managed properly have seen a decline in related human-bear conflicts and in the number of bears that have to be destroyed. Bear Aware education is one component … Read more »

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Alberta is a very diverse province. The towering Rocky Mountains flow easterly through the foothills into parkland country and finally, meet the rolling native prairie grasslands that span as far as your eyes can see. Boreal forests cover the northern half of the province, providing habitat for animals of all kinds, and signs of oil exploration can be found throughout the province, giving Alberta the label of black gold. In May 2011, I was seeking a different kind of black treasure – bow hunting for black bears. May in Alberta begins rather brown-looking in the bush. The fall leaves are … Read more »

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Why do we hunt bears? … In the end, rationales are based on conservation, management, economic impact and personal values. Black, brown (both coastal and inland grizzly) and polar bear are all highly sought-after game species; but not everyone agrees that they should be hunted. From the emotionally charged arguments presented by off-the-wall animal rights groups readily exploiting eager mainstream media, to the thoughtful biases held by traditional hunters, opinions vary. But by in large, conservationist hunters refute the challenge, recognizing the need for population control and the exceptional trophy hunting opportunities made available by mostly thriving populations. Commonly viewed … Read more »

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