BEAR HUNTING IN MANITOBAN
The Interlake region of central Manitoba has become recognized as one of Canada’s top producing trophy Black Bear hunting destinations. With a combination of vast prime habitat, high bear densities, low human population, and hunting pressure (despite the relative proximity to Winnipeg), Manitoba Bear hunts are both an excellent, easy and affordable choice. Multiple opportunities at P&Y and B&C class bear each year & boars exceeding 500lbs are documented by trail cam and taken annually. Our focus is extra large black bears, but color phase bears also exist, with ratios climbing. Fully guided spring and fall Black Bear hunts are both offered to best accommodate your schedule. In the fall choose to combine Black Bear with top-notch waterfowl hunting in one package for exceptional value. Essentially two hunts in one! Other fall combo species include Coyote, Sharp-tail & Ruffed Grouse! Hunting areas & lodgings are under 2 hours drive north of the Winnipeg airport, and round trip airport pick-up and drop-off services are included with all our hunting packages.
Accommodations are most often a bed & breakfast style home situated in the heart of the hunting which minimizes commuting. Should you wish for upgraded accommodations, consider a beautiful new luxurious resort on the shores of Lake Winnipeg. All packages are all-inclusive, extending to skinning, trophy preparations, and basic meat processing. Our all-inclusive 5 days 2×1 guided spring or fall Manitoba Black Bear packages are priced at $3200, and fall bear combination hunts (coyote/waterfowl/upland) are priced at only $3950! Wing shooting packages start at only $1750. Bear tags (CDN$233), allocation fees (CDN$100), and waterfowl licenses (CDN$150) are not included.
MANITOBA BEAR HUNTS
Black Bear – The Interlake area produces some of the largest black bears in Canada. Presently, the Manitoba black bear population is estimated at 30,000-35,000 bears with the largest concentration in Interlake area (Manitoba Conservation). Hunt where rich agriculture and forest cover comes together offering above-average population densities and fast-growing bears. This might be one of the premier destinations to successfully encounter and harvest true trophy class boars. Our target bears are 6-7+ feet long, P&Y or B&C contenders, and weighing in around 400+ lb. Most bears are black, but color phase bears are present, and in growing in numbers. Hunt over pre-baited, scouted and active double ladder stands, commonly set up within archery range of the bait. Monitored and judged by trail cameras, success rates on big bears have consistently been very high. Hunts are usually conducted in the evenings, but some big bears do exhibit morning patterns. Days are long in the spring and the action is often quite hot. In the fall the region does not produce significant blueberry crops, so our bait sites are especially active compared to many other popular black bear hunting destinations. Fall hunts are cooler, less vegetation or insets, and bears pack on an additional 30% body mass complete with lush winter coats. Bears weighing in at over 600lbs can realistically be encountered! As an added bonus, consider combining fall bear hunts with exciting waterfowl, upland bird, or coyote upgrades. Spring hunts occur in both May and June, while fall hunts run from late August into early October. The Interlake is an excellent destination to experience top-notch trophy Black bear hunting, with above-average densities, opportunities, and success rates.
Waterfowl – Pursue migrating ducks and geese in what might be some of the first agricultural fields they encounter as they move south out of the Hudson Bay lowland and boreal forest regions. Blizzards of Mallards, Canada and Lesser Snow geese move into the area with the first north winds of fall. The outfitters’ meticulous scouting as well as various leases and landowner relationships has resulted in consistent, action-packed waterfowl hunting. The majority of our hunts are conducted in fields from layout or custom blinds over a generous spread of quality full body and spinning wing decoys. Bring your calls, flags, and bird dogs! For something, different water hunts near the fabled Shoal Lakes produce mixed bag species of puddle and diving ducks, especially in the late season. We can accommodate wing shooting groups as large as 6. Consider combining your duck hunt with upland birds, or premier fall bear hunts for an action-packed 5 days of hunting with excellent value.
Upland – Coinciding nicely with peak fall Bear and waterfowl season are opportunities at upland birds. Primarily Sharptail and Ruffed Grouse, but Hungarian Partridge can also be encountered. Most Ruffed grouse are taken while in wooded habitats, such as to or from bear baits. The staple however is pursing ‘Sharpies’ by walking brushy overgrown fence lines between wheat fields, or grassy lowland patches and rock piles. The wing shooting can be fantastic! Upland bird hunting can be offered as a standalone 3-5 day hunt but is often treated as a great compliment to any fall bear or waterfowl hunt. Another bonus is that your Waterfowl licensing already incorporates upland bird hunting permits, so no additional licensing is required.
Coyote – Another bonus opportunity during fall seasons is coyote hunting. No additional licensing is required for Bear hunter since Bear tags are also valid for x1 Coyote (provided you have not filled your bear tag already). Coyotes are plentiful and our outfitter is a seasoned trapper and predator hunter. Calling is very effective and most clients are successful in their first outing. Predator numbers are very high these days in Manitoba and so predator hunting is encouraged. To add Coyote to any Fall Bear hunt is only $250.
MANITOBA SETTINGS & CONDITIONS
The Interlake region of Manitoba is a unique, vast swath of land running between two inland sea – Lake Winnipeg and Lake Manitoba. It is here at the forest fringe that both an abundance of food & fertility, coupled with endless, un-fragmented forest supports wildlife in abundance. The most northeastern fields of the prairies meet with a curtain of parkland forests later transitioning into the immense boreal forests of the north.
Weather during spring bear hunts and most fall hunts are generally mild and pleasant, not requiring any special clothing or cold-weather equipment. A bug jacket and especially Therma-call and extra cartridges to repel biting insects during spring bear hunts would be strongly recommended. Some of the later season waterfowl hunts, and especially those over water might see some cooler and windier scenarios. Gortex waterfowling jackets, warm hats, gloves, and chest waders are key items to consider bringing. Rarely will any of our hunts see significant below freezing temperatures or prolonged snow accumulation?
MANITOBA BEAR HUNTING ACCOMMODATIONS
Standard Package Bed & Breakfast- Stay in a comfortable, rural Bed & Breakfast bordering a large wildlife management area in the heart of the Interlake. Amenities include satellite TV, DVD, cell phone & Wifi service, games and cards, with nearby hiking & riding trails or golf courses. Enjoy catered meals including a continental breakfast and lunch with hearty buffet-style dinners. A full kitchen is also available should you wish to prepare snacks or drinks at your convenience anytime while in camp. An excellent golf course is also conveniently located just a few minutes away. For more information please visit: http://www.countryharvestinn.com
Lakeview Hecla Resort – Situated on Lake Winnipeg’s Hecla Island Provincial Park is the luxurious new Lakeview Hecla Resort. Enjoy lofty suites, gourmet restaurant dining, full-service conference centers, lounge, a pet-friendly atmosphere, free movies & wireless internet, a top-rated Canadian golf course, excellent fishing and hiking or riding trails in Hecla Island Provincial Park itself. In addition to the beaches, marina & lighthouse, the resort boasts an indoor water park and pools complete with a sauna and full-service spa. This is the perfect destination the whole family can enjoy while also engaged in a top-notch hunt in the Interlake! Hecla resort accommodations are an all-inclusive $500 upgrade, and while breakfast and lunch are included in your hunt package, dinners are not. See more Lakeview Hecla Resort details on their website at https://www.lakeviewhotels.com/hotels/hecla/#
GETTING TO BEAR CAMP
Winnipeg Manitoba severs as the destination city for our Interlake hunting packages. Should you choose to fly, round trip airport pick-up and drop-off services are included directly to the lodge and back. Roughly 1.5 – 2 hours drive. Should you wish to drive yourself, all lodgings are fully accessible by road and any addresses or directions can happily be provided upon request.
GETTING YOUR MANITOBA BEAT TROPHY HOME
Your various game licenses act as 30-day export permits should you wish you accompany your trophies or meat home after the hunt, either as checked luggage if flying, or in your vehicle if driving. Within easy driving distance of the US border, many of our clients choose to drive. There are also two options should you wish to leave your trophies with our taxidermists. Either he can do the complete work himself and ship the finished product direct to your door. Or the hides and skulls can be tanned and processed to be shipped to any US address or taxidermist of your choice.
~ 5 days – 2x1Trophy Black Bear hunt – All Inclusive –May/June & August/September – $3,200
~ 5 days – 2x1Trophy Black Bear Combo (Waterfowl-Upland-Coyote) – All-Inclusive – September – $3,950
~ Add $250 for Coyote to any Fall Black bear Hunt
~ 3 days – All-inclusive Waterfowl and Upland bird combination hunts – September/October – $1750
~ 4 days at $2,250 or 5 days at $2850
~~ Add $500 for premier resort accommodations
~~ Non-hunting observers – $200/day ($300/day for resort accommodations)
Manitoba Non-resident Tags & Licenses (CDN):
~ Non-Resident Hunting Allocation ($100)
~ Black Bear ($233)
~ Game Birds – Waterfowl & Upland ($150)
~ Coyote (No Cost)
~ Fishing ($30)
~ Pick-up and drop-off shuttle service between Winnipeg International Airport & lodgings.
~ All accommodations and meals during your hunt (dinner not included with resort option)
~ Fully guided hunts employing pre-scouted, actively baited stand sites
~ All transportation during your hunt
~ All taxidermy prep trophy care & basic meat handling, deboning, packaging & freezing
~ Referral and assistance with a taxidermist
Not included in the cost
~ Government Taxes (5%)~
~ Non-Resident Allocation fee ($100) and hunting/fishing licenses
~ Tips and gratuities to guides and lodge staff
~ Pre and post-trip accommodations and travel or misc purchases