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Bow Hunting Black Bear in Ontario

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We are located on the edge of the Chapleau Crown Game Preserve, which is famous for having an extremely high population of big trophy Black Bears. Our BMA (bear management area) is approximately 300 square km (187 sq. miles) and consists of perfect terrain for hunting and producing the biggest Black Bears in Ontario. We have 12 bait stations, strategically placed about one mile apart. All bait stations are in clearings with thick bush nearby. Hunters get to their stations via car or truck. Bait stations are within 1/4 and 1/2-mile-walk from the vehicle parking spots.

Black Bears in our area average about 150 pounds but range over the 400-pound mark. The biggest bear taken since we have owned the camp was 500 pounds. The success rate each year ranges from 75% to 100% depending on the weather. Most of our hunters see multiple bears and enjoy the ability to pass on smaller bears and wait for a big trophy to come into range.

Hunting Notes:

  • By law, your bow must have a 50-lbs. pull or better for bear. A 60-lbs. pull is highly recommended.
  • When taking a shot, the bear has to be 20 yards or closer.
  • Do not hit the bear in the shoulder as that will only wound the bear and cause suffering.
  • Hunter Orange must be worn at all times while hunting or transporting to-and-from the bait stations.
  • A 100-grain broadhead is the best size to use and it must be sharp. Must be 7/8 inch.
  • It is illegal to shoot cubs or a sow with cubs, so examine the situation completely.
  • Hunters need to bring their old hunting license and proper personal identification.

    If you have any questions, please email us.