Montana Bear Hunting

Please contact the following GSS Hunting Consultant
any questions on this destination:

Rick Kennerknecht

Toll free:
888-850-4868 , Ext. 702
Local:
307-235-4650, Ext. 702
Cell:
307-259-9603
Email:
Rick@GSSafaris.com

This outfitter offers Montana bear hunting on top of a full range of excellent big game hunts, including moose, wolf, bighorn sheep, mountain goat, mule deer, whitetail deer and elk. As a result, they know the land and the hunt like the backs of their hands.

There are no fences here and no baiting is permitted. No dogs are used either. This is a fair-chase hunt in every sense of the term, both in letter and in spirit. If other black bear hunts seem too unsporting to you, then this is the experience you’re looking for: an old-fashioned hunt that is a true contest between the hunter and the quarry.

The Hunting Grounds

You’ll hunt in the Kootenai National Forest in the far northwest of Montana. This is the border of the Pacific rainforest, where the Rocky Mountains stop the coastal climate cold. Forests of diverse conifers cover the land, and plants and animals of all kinds flourish here. It’s a hunter’s paradise.  

Black Bear Hunts

The bears are numerous in this area, and it’s common to find color phase bears from black to deep brown to reddish. You can sometimes even find bears with mixed colors. They weigh up to 350 pounds and measure up to six and a half feet in length.

During the fall, hunting techniques are focused on glassing the enormous huckleberry patches that dot the hunting grounds. The bears travel over wide ranges to find as much food as they can before the onset of winter, and the odds are in the hunter’s favor.

Spring hunts allow you to pursue the bears at lower altitudes than fall hunts. They also offer easy tracking as the bears forage for clover and grasses in open areas, such as freshly logged areas. The challenge of the season comes in the form of extra hiking—food sources are a little less obvious than in the fall, and you’ll likely need to spend some time searching from one open area to the next before finding sign or spotting a bear.

In either season, the majority of hunts use spot-and-stalk methods.  

Montana Bear Hunting Seasons

The spring bear season in Montana begins in the middle of April and lasts until the middle of May. The fall kicks off with an archery season beginning on the first of September and ending on the 14th, followed by a rifle season from the 15th of September through the 25th of November.  

Recommended Physical Condition

Most of these hunts last from before dawn to after dusk and involve considerable legwork. Being in good shape will be a big help here. However, if you have any problems or disabilities, the outfitter will be happy to accommodate you—just be sure to call in and let them know so they can plan the hunt around it.

Lodging

This outfitter owns three log cabins in the town of Yaak, all built by hand. Each one features its own queen bedroom and a sleeping loft that can accommodate two on a pair of twin beds; down comforters and flannel sheets ensure you’ll rest in comfort. A bathroom, satellite Internet access, and a gas grill out on the cabin’s porch round out the facilities. All your needs will be met.

If you’re looking to get in some more relaxing time outdoors between your hunts, you have only to step outside to reach the Kootenai National Forest or the Yaak River.  

Montana Bear Hunting Prices

These 2×1 guided hunts cost $3,000 per person; the license costs an additional $350. Please note that you need to buy your license at least 24 hours before you start hunting. Buy it as soon as you reserve your hunt to make sure you don’t lose any hunting time!

Booking Terms

Global Sporting Safaris accepts payment via personal check or business check, and has recently begun to accept Bitcoin as well. American Express, MasterCard, or Visa credit card are also accepted at a 3.5% surcharge.

You must make a non-refundable 50% deposit to reserve your spot on the hunt. The rest of your payment is due no less than 60 days before you arrive at camp.

We will send you a disclaimer and waiver of liability as soon as you reserve your hunt. Please sign this important document and return it to us immediately to prevent delays in the preparation of your trip.

Call today or fill out the form below and let us know what type of Montana bear hunting experience you’d like to have. We’ll send you information on opportunities that match your goals. Our experienced outfitters are second to none and we’re happy to share personal experiences with you.

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