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Bears
Contributors to this thread:
Zebrakiller 06-Apr-18
Bob 06-Apr-18
Charlie Rehor 06-Apr-18
Nick Muche 06-Apr-18
SBH 06-Apr-18
Ibow 06-Apr-18
Ambush 06-Apr-18
kota-man 06-Apr-18
huntinelk 06-Apr-18
milnrick 06-Apr-18
Nick Muche 06-Apr-18
kota-man 06-Apr-18
carcus 06-Apr-18
Bou'bound 06-Apr-18
Bear Track 06-Apr-18
ground hunter 06-Apr-18
Bear Track 06-Apr-18
bigkev42 06-Apr-18
Rob Nye 06-Apr-18
Ogoki 06-Apr-18
Boreal 06-Apr-18
spike buck 06-Apr-18
Ibow 06-Apr-18
spike buck 06-Apr-18
Bear/deer 06-Apr-18
Mike Ukrainetz 06-Apr-18
spike buck 06-Apr-18
Plum lake 08-Apr-18
YZF-88 08-Apr-18
Plum lake 08-Apr-18
TEmbry 09-Apr-18
Bear Track 09-Apr-18
Plum lake 09-Apr-18
Alexis Desjardins 09-Apr-18
Bear Track 09-Apr-18
Ibow 09-Apr-18
spike buck 09-Apr-18
Zebrakiller 10-Apr-18
Plum lake 10-Apr-18
Tobpitbull 10-Apr-18
Ambush 10-Apr-18
160andup 10-Apr-18
Hoytbowhunter 10-Apr-18
Shug 10-Apr-18
Shug 10-Apr-18
Ambush 10-Apr-18
Shug 10-Apr-18
Ambush 11-Apr-18
JayR 11-Apr-18
Ned mobile 11-Apr-18
CCOVEY 11-Apr-18
grape 11-Apr-18
kota-man 11-Apr-18
Ned mobile 11-Apr-18
loesshillsarcher 11-Apr-18
Kevin Speicher 11-Apr-18
Rob Nye 16-Apr-18
single cam 17-Apr-18
Slim jim 17-Apr-18
Owl 17-Apr-18
Plum lake 17-Apr-18
EmbryOklahoma 17-Apr-18
Mr.C 18-Apr-18
shortstop 18-Apr-18
Kevin Speicher 18-Apr-18
Slim jim 18-Apr-18
LesWelch 20-Apr-18
spike buck 20-Apr-18
LesWelch 20-Apr-18
Bear Track 20-Apr-18
Bou'bound 20-Apr-18
Bear Track 20-Apr-18
Tradmike 21-Apr-18
Tradmike 21-Apr-18
LesWelch 23-Apr-18
spike buck 23-Apr-18
SBH 23-Apr-18
LesWelch 23-Apr-18
carcus 23-Apr-18
Nick Muche 23-Apr-18
Bear Track 23-Apr-18
TravisScott 23-Apr-18
spike buck 23-Apr-18
rattling_junkie 25-Apr-18
TEmbry 25-Apr-18
Shug 25-Apr-18
Bear Track 25-Apr-18
Elite 1 26-Apr-18
Plum lake 26-Apr-18
MichaelArnette 27-Apr-18
bluehunter 28-Apr-18
spike buck 28-Apr-18
Mike Ukrainetz 28-Apr-18
From: Zebrakiller
06-Apr-18

Zebrakiller's embedded Photo
Zebrakiller's embedded Photo
I love bear camp every May

From: Bob
06-Apr-18
Bill, Spring bear in canada makes me feel like I'am a kid again.

06-Apr-18
Yep, Western Canadian bears are great fun!

From: Nick Muche
06-Apr-18
I am ready to get home and get ready for bear camp. Best part about our bear camp is that it lasts about 2 months! Really looking forward to it as well. Good luck everyone!

From: SBH
06-Apr-18

SBH's embedded Photo
SBH's embedded Photo
Can't wait to get back to ID with the boys and get those baits up and running. Still winter in Bozeman......

From: Ibow
06-Apr-18
Totally can’t wait. Seems like Bowsite has been a little slow this spring. Good to see a thread like this started.

From: Ambush
06-Apr-18
No baiting here in BC, so bear camp is lots of fun and very little work. Just show up and start hunting! A ton of snow this year and so far a cold spring, so it should be one of those years where the bears are out before much food is available. And that means big bears camped on the only salad bars. If you blow the stalk and run them off, they will be back soon and sometimes they will even challenge you for possession.

Good times with good friends and saving a few calves at the same time. Spring is fun!

From: kota-man
06-Apr-18
A month from today Mr. Watkins and I will be embarking on a spring bear adventure. Good times...Hopefully the temperature improves or the bears will still be in bed! Woke up today to MINUS 1 temps with a 30 mph wind (that "feels" like 27 below zero)! Zackman and JTreeman are probably seeing warmer temps on their musk ox hunt in Nunavut!

From: huntinelk
06-Apr-18
Introducing my son to spring bear hunting this year. We are going with Skinner Creek in June. Not sure which one of us is the most anxious.

From: milnrick
06-Apr-18
Lady Bowhunter and I are starting to count days until June when we head back to Belleisle Creek with TSI.

From: Nick Muche
06-Apr-18
"Zackman and JTreeman are probably seeing warmer temps on their musk ox hunt in Nunavut!"

I hope its warm up there for them, Treeman not having any clothes and all!

From: kota-man
06-Apr-18
Having clothes in the Arctic is over rated. :) They'll hook him up. Hopefully he can accurately shoot Zack's bow!

From: carcus
06-Apr-18
Getting excited, I love the spring bear hunt, Warm temps coming, time to dust of the bowtech soon, last arrow fired killed my whitetail!

From: Bou'bound
06-Apr-18
ME!

From: Bear Track
06-Apr-18

Bear Track's Link
Yup, I have 3 tons of oats, 3 tons of special bait, 16 barrels of fryer grease, 120 pails of won't tell crumb bait in the grainery up north already, and a ton of secret bait all ready for the trip north in 2 weeks.

06-Apr-18
bring your snow shovel and ice auger

From: Bear Track
06-Apr-18

Bear Track's Link
Darn, trying link again

From: bigkev42
06-Apr-18
See you in a few weeks Zebrakiller!

From: Rob Nye
06-Apr-18
Had several jumbos hitting last year that proved to be too smart for me. Can’t wait for the rematches to start! Good luck everybody, shoot straight.

From: Ogoki
06-Apr-18
Headed to Armstrong , Ontario last Friday in May . Talked to outfitter yesterday , said Lake Superior has 47 inches ice. Inland lakes 36 inches. Said late ice out and opening week of walleye season ice. Said we should be good and bears should be moving . Last year ,same weekend , no leaves on trees and grass green in side ditches. We saw at least 30 years in the 155 miles from Thunder Bay to Armstrong . Saw bears every time out . Cant Wait

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From: Boreal
06-Apr-18
Really looking forward to June with TSI!

From: spike buck
06-Apr-18
Our bear hunters are not coming in till the 15th of May. Lots of time to get ready. No need to deal with early May snows. Right now in W. Ontario we have 2 feet of snow and windchill was -27C last night. But the bears will be moving just fine when we need them to be. Good luck to all this Spring Bear Season.

From: Ibow
06-Apr-18
Looking forward to your spring thread Spike.

From: spike buck
06-Apr-18
Thanks Ibow. Just want winter to end. Cold is however allowing us to get all of the prep work done right now. Such as getting bait mixed and popcorn popped. Putting new double and single man ladder stands together to set up in our "NEW" baiting areas. Can't wait!!

From: Bear/deer
06-Apr-18

Bear/deer's embedded Photo
Bear/deer's embedded Photo
Ill be to pine acres may 15th to chase some color phase bears!!! 4th trip to pine acres wouldn’t go anywhere else for bear, deer, or wolf!!!!

06-Apr-18
We are going to dig the bars out of their dens on May 1!

From: spike buck
06-Apr-18
Mike Ukrianetz, you always seem to get it done early in the season!!

From: Plum lake
08-Apr-18

Plum lake's embedded Photo
2000 bushels of oats
Plum lake's embedded Photo
2000 bushels of oats
We are getting ready. Load of oats should up today. As soon as the snow is almost gone we’ll be out baiting.

From: YZF-88
08-Apr-18
I'm thinking about buying an Idaho southern spring bear tag and trying spot'n stalk hunting. I have never bear hunted before. When do they start to come out? According to the regs, the season starts April 15th.

From: Plum lake
08-Apr-18
YZF-88. Our season starts end of April but we don’t start our hunt till May 18. We pushed our hunts back one week because of the long winters we’ve been having. If your interested in a baited hunt we have a couple spots open. We guarantee you’ll have a shot at a bear. Lots of opportunity in our camp.

From: TEmbry
09-Apr-18
Saturday brought the first 10 hour round trip to drop off the load of bait barrels, treestands, and an outhouse I built for the property and needed out of my driveway lol. Few more weeks now and bears are in trouble!

From: Bear Track
09-Apr-18
Our first guests arrive on the 19th. 16 years with our camp and 25 years in the business I can tell you, the bears never change their schedule. Ice out will be late for sure. I've been able to get baits on the river and lake near the end of April and have shot bears 3 days after baits were out. There's no secret.

From: Plum lake
09-Apr-18
We moved our hunts back a couple years ago because we had a few minor winter storms that we're shutting the bears down for a few days. This way the baits will be active for a week longer before the hunters arrive and they are seeing more bears and it's closer to the rut. The hunters also enjoy it as it is a little warmer for when they are on stand. Down side is we do go through a bit more bait.

09-Apr-18

Alexis Desjardins's embedded Photo
Alexis Desjardins's embedded Photo
Not ready yet doing some of this before the snow goes.

From: Bear Track
09-Apr-18
Have only seen bear activity drop 5-10% with unexpected snow. Wind bothers them more with my 25 years in the bush I've learned. I've tracked pretty much a bear a year in snow on or around May 15th. Visibility is up that's for sure.

From: Ibow
09-Apr-18
Great picture Alexis!

From: spike buck
09-Apr-18
Even if success goes down jus 10% with snows, no one wants to hunt with snow on the ground or the middle of a snow storm!! Although, the wind that comes with fronts also make bear hunting in snow even more unbearable. Might as well book a later May prime time date rather than take a chance with foul weather.

From: Zebrakiller
10-Apr-18

Zebrakiller's embedded Photo
Zebrakiller's embedded Photo
2009 snow snow snow MIKe lol

From: Plum lake
10-Apr-18
Let's hope that the ground won't be white when you arrive. But then again the ground will still have frost so should be easier to get around.

10-Apr-18

Tobpitbull 's embedded Photo
Tobpitbull 's embedded Photo
Shooting daily... trophy outfitters New Brunswick...

From: Ambush
10-Apr-18
In northern BC, lots of snow and a late spring really concentrates the bears . Several years ago, we had similar conditions to this spring and we had fantastic hunting. We hunted one very steep mountain river valley and there were bears laying on the deep snow, trying to wait it out. Semi sleepy and not traveling much. They’re already near the soonest to green, so no need to wander.

It was a great spring hunt and this year is shaping up the same, for us!!

From: 160andup
10-Apr-18
I can't wait to get back up to New Brunswick. 6 weeks!

10-Apr-18
Not lucky enough to go to Canada but come August I’ll be at Allagash wilderness camps in Maine. They are the best guides in Maine that I know of. 2.8 million acres...they won’t stop trying until they get you a bear, plus if you are unhappy with your experience they will reimburse you 50%. And I don’t know if anyone that wasn’t happy with their experience. If you guys are a first time bear hunter or seasone bear hunter check them out. 5 star meals, and when I say 5 star I mean it’s like thanksgiving every day. In fact on the Thursday when they make turkey we try and go out early so we don’t fall asleep in the stand and miss any action. If anyone can’t find their website I’d be happy to link the site or answer any questions. Not affiliated with them there just good people and good friends of mine.

From: Shug
10-Apr-18
2000# of donuts in the driveway...another 500# and a trip to the town recycling center for used fryer grease and I’ll be ready.

From: Shug
10-Apr-18

Shug's embedded Photo
Shug's embedded Photo
Hopefully this guy makes a daylight appearance this year... any size guesses?

From: Ambush
10-Apr-18
" any size guesses?"

Well that's a good size bear beside it, so I'm going to guess it's a forty five gallon drum.

From: Shug
10-Apr-18
Ambush it’s a 55 gallon

From: Ambush
11-Apr-18
Crap! I just can't field judge barrels.

But that is one very, very big bear.

From: JayR
11-Apr-18
May 11 up here in Manitoba Canada can't wait

11-Apr-18

Ned mobile 's embedded Photo
I am headed in this year. Gonna try to improve upon this guy.
Ned mobile 's embedded Photo
I am headed in this year. Gonna try to improve upon this guy.

From: CCOVEY
11-Apr-18
Saskatchewan, End of May beginning of June for me! Cant wait.

From: grape
11-Apr-18
Manitoba last week in May.....Saskatchewan first week in June....Ontario August.. Exciting times coming.

From: kota-man
11-Apr-18
Ned...Are they easier to get when the guide clubs them over the head first? :) That looks like a great bear.

11-Apr-18
He was nice but not a booner. Fatty lipoma on his head. Was kinda near lookin old bear and walked like a gorilla.

11-Apr-18
neat lookin. no guide on that hunt.

11-Apr-18
Heading back up to hunt with TSI first week of June, always fun being in the bear woods!

From: Rob Nye
16-Apr-18
Just got 20 new cuddeback blue series cams and bear protection boxes. Crapload of bait ready to be gobbled. Love this time of year!

From: single cam
17-Apr-18
I’ll be up with Kyle at Eagle Eye on May 7

From: Slim jim
17-Apr-18
Does anyone have a contact for TSI? Their website is shut down for some reason

From: Owl
17-Apr-18
Dang, Shug.

From: Plum lake
17-Apr-18

Plum lake's embedded Photo
Plum lake's embedded Photo
8000lbs of oats mixed up and ready to be hauled out to the bait stations. First of three batches

17-Apr-18
Hell yea I'm ready! Oh... wait, we don't have bears where I hunt. Good luck everyone. :)

From: Mr.C
18-Apr-18
May28-June 1 Churchill lake Saskatchewan 3rd trip doing bait stands ,something I didn't think I would like! but I sure do its nice being able to judge them good luck everyone B safe MikeC

From: shortstop
18-Apr-18

shortstop's embedded Photo
shortstop's embedded Photo
Can't wait for Outland Outfitting last week of May.

18-Apr-18
Slim Jim, call Dave Cole @ TSI 506-434-3818

From: Slim jim
18-Apr-18
Thank you Kevin!

From: LesWelch
20-Apr-18
Looking forward to an Ontario hunt in one month. Time for a little R&R

From: spike buck
20-Apr-18
If you read his previous posts on this thread Les, you would see hes all ready to go for the setting up for the 2018 spring bear season. Usually rumors are just that.....rumors.

From: LesWelch
20-Apr-18
Lots of work going on now before the scenes.

From: Bear Track
20-Apr-18
One one our repeat guests who's bringing 5 of his friends this year just emailed me about this. Les you were at our camp last year with your son. Why don't you email me with this and give me a chance to respond, rather that start a rumor on here. You got the biggest discount of the year for your son and you. www.beartrack@shaw.ca

From: Bou'bound
20-Apr-18
Is this he guy who left early and complained he did not see bear.

From: Bear Track
20-Apr-18
No Grant. This guy took advantage of a cancellation hunt then I discounted his son's hunt to a crazy low price so he could afford to come. Then on the Sunday first day in camp, he asks if his son could hunt on a day we usually don't hunt, it's our socializing day with the guests in camp and fill out tags etc. He thought if his son shot early, he'd have more days to hunt himself since he wanted to video. I caved and took him out. So he gets more days hunting since his son shot on the first night, for less than regular rate. This is not fair.

A complete lack of integrity using social media to start rumors.

Can't even bother to reply here or privately.

21-Apr-18
Good luck boys have a blast 15 years we outfitted bears here in Alberta and raised our kids in them camps, enjoy every minute of it,

From: Tradmike
21-Apr-18

From: Tradmike
21-Apr-18
Heading to Copper Center Alaska in June.

21-Apr-18
Good luck boys have a blast 15 years we outfitted bears here in Alberta and raised our kids in them camps, enjoy every minute of it,

From: LesWelch
23-Apr-18
Best of luck to all of camps and hunters this spring. Videoed an encounter with a small bear on Saturday morning during a turkey hunt here. Still lots of snow, so he stood out like a sore thumb.

From: spike buck
23-Apr-18
Lets just enjoy the 2018 Spring hunt Les!!! No need to post your grievence here..... where bowsiters are coming to enjoy the beginning of a "NEW" season. Good luck this Spring Les and hope you enjoy what 2018 has to bring us!!!

From: SBH
23-Apr-18
Spike buck X2! You guys can take this argument to email.

Lets keep it positive, this post was started as a primer for bear camp. Good luck to everyone and hope its a great season.

Bou- will you be doing the annual thread with the meat pole and total counts like usual? Hope so, always like to see the comparisons from year to year.

From: LesWelch
23-Apr-18
Agreed.

Saw a young black bear around 80# on Saturday morning during turkey season. Still got some snow, but it's going fast now.

From: carcus
23-Apr-18
Secured permission, picking up bait next Monday, hoping to bait on the Sunday may 6th

From: Nick Muche
23-Apr-18
I'll be home from Europe in a few days and I'm ready to rock n roll with spring bear. Can hardly wait!

From: Bear Track
23-Apr-18
As I said, open a discussion email, with your rumor and the accuser, or just plain leave us alone. I do question though, where got the audacity to come on here and start or spread something? What business is it of yours what we do up here in a business you have no connections to. Are your sponsorships with some of the sponsors of Bowsite.com worth loosing? You're sinking your own boat son.

As for our business, I have 4 tons of bait to pick up tomorrow and near 40 bait sites to attend to and have no time for your sandbox silliness, but will make the time if needed.

From: TravisScott
23-Apr-18
About a month until I head for Alaska! I can’t wait, good luck to all!

From: spike buck
23-Apr-18
Our snow is almost all gone now. Spring is right on schedule here in W. Ontario. Cant wait!!!

25-Apr-18
Ice fishing gear is put away, secured permission, dipped a few pails of old fryer grease, bought 1/2 dozen arrows, and shot my bow. Yup, ready to get the process rolling!

From: TEmbry
25-Apr-18

TEmbry's embedded Photo
TEmbry's embedded Photo
Placing baits a bit early this year with good buddies. Can’t wait to get this train rolling again for 2018!

From: Shug
25-Apr-18
I called someone in the area in Quebec where I hunt last week. They told me that there is still three feet of snow on the ground. It’s gonna be a couple of weeks till I put the baits out.. lol

From: Bear Track
25-Apr-18

Bear Track's embedded Photo
Bear Track's embedded Photo
Second load went up yesterday. Here's what 4 tons looks like. All this was scooped into barrels for storage. 800 gallons of fryer oil and another 2 tons of bait going up Monday when we start baiting.

From: Elite 1
26-Apr-18
Heading up to Bear Masters in Manitoba Second week of May can’t wait Albert seems like the real deal with some nice bears.

From: Plum lake
26-Apr-18

Plum lake's embedded Photo
Plum lake's embedded Photo
Hauling bait 50 miles with bikes because of very poor road conditions. Hope it dries up soon.

27-Apr-18
Looking forward to hunting with Ryan Derlago of stickflingers! First week of June in Manitoba. My second trip with his outfit and I’m very excited!

From: bluehunter
28-Apr-18
Just got another foot of snow, cannot get out to bait for our bears, they are going to be real hungry.

From: spike buck
28-Apr-18
What part of Ontario are you from Bluehunter?? We have no snow in NW Ontario and warm temps.

28-Apr-18

Mike Ukrainetz's embedded Photo
Mike Ukrainetz's embedded Photo
Guide Josh Harb with a lucky moose shed found on our first bait site! Guides Cody Colbourne and Gerard Van Den Boogaard up for another season too. Bit late getting the baits in compared to the last several years but about average compared to the last 30 years. Should be great!!

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