3 May Wild Idaho’s Spring Bear Season OFFICIALLY Arrives! May 3, 2014By George McQuiston General Information, Guided Hunts, Spring Fall Black Bear Black Bear Hunts 0 It can only mean one thing when we are hauling hay, chained up in the old Dodge over high mountain passes, shoeing horses at the trailhead and crossing rising rivers, all in the same day! That’s right…spring bear season has arrived and word at the trailhead from the guides is we have active baits, hunters have arrived and we are heading in for our first of eight straight weeks of bear hunting in Idaho’ famous Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness area big game unit 27, where bear tags for a non-resident are offered at the reduced price of 31.75 and there is a 2 bear limit. Idaho ranks highest in the lower 48 for an opportunity at a color phase bear as well. Access in to these backcountry units is challenging at best and downright exhilarating at their peak. Access requires either horseback, boat or plane to arrive at your final hunting destination. But the reward for your troubles can be a nice Idaho spring bear and a look over some of the roughest country in the lower 48. Spring bear hunt prep work hauling in the hay and bait Related Posts Idaho’s Spring Bear Season Officially Opens Today! Although it has been a mild winter, it still seems like it has been a long one waiting for spring bear season to finally arrive here in Idaho! April 1 is the “official” opener for many of the backcountry units, but in normal years the bears are still comfortably snuggled in their winter beds under feet of snow. This year bears have already been spotted out cruising the south facing hill sides looking for that new green growth they need to get their stomach working after a long winters nap. We can’t wait to get out there and and get after them. We hope you will join us or at least another Idaho outfitter for an Idaho outdoor adventure to remember. See more about Idaho outfitters at www.IOGA.org If you have not made your plans for where to hunt spring bear this season, we still have a few openings available to Bear hunting over bait in Idaho’s famous Frank Church River of No return wilderness area. This is a drive in camp with all access to bait sites after that accomplished by horses or mules. We are in a 2 bear area and wolf season is open as well during the hunt. We have a high percentage of color phase bears and usually amazing scenery to enjoy while in the “Frank”. If you are a do-it-yourself or DIY bear hunter, we are selling bear bait again this year. Contact us for pricing and availability. Idaho Spring Bear Season “Officially” Opens in Backcountry Units It is almost time for my second favorite time of year…spring bear season! It “officially” opens in many back country units like where we guide in the Middlefork zone on April 1st. I say officially as that is when it does open, but with this years late and heavy snowfalls, I am confident the bears will not be waking from their winter slumber for at least a few more weeks, at least at our elevations. The snow is still quite visible around here, and I am sure is still quite deep in the backcountry where we will be conducting our spring bear hunts, but with the warmer weather patterns and the official opener, I can hardly wait to get on the back of old Diesel and begin setting those baits. Thanks to those who are joining us this spring. We look forward to a successful hunt! Front range hunts in Idaho open April 15. Good luck to all those hunting Idaho spring bear hunts this year! If you are hunting Idaho spring bear season this year, please note that we are now in the bear baiting and bear baiting supply business. We are currently carrying stock of bulk bear baits and are working on scents to attract bears to your bear bait. We have applied what we have learned over the last nine seasons of bear hunting in Idaho and gathered that knowledge into one place. We used to have to go to 3 different places to obtain all the “ingredients” to what we consider a successful bear baiting venture and are now offering it in one location and for less money than you can find it elsewhere. If you are interested in learning more about baiting bears, either in Idaho or whatever state you are hunting (provided it is legal there) contact us and we would be happy to visit with you about it. Spring Bear Season is Almost Here and There are a Few Spots Left Bookings for this years 2014 spring bear season have been brisk and we are grateful that so many hunters are putting their faith and hunting dollars in us and Idaho. That being said, we have just a few more spots left for this spring 2014 Idaho spring bear season. Most weeks are already booked but we have room for a couple of hunters May 18-23 and June 8-13. If you have that high school senior graduating, what would be a more perfect High School graduation present than a spring bear hunt in Idaho’s famous Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness area? Book your spots today before they are all gone. Our backcountry Idaho spring bear season “officially” begins April 1 but because of snow pack and elevation, our season begins May 4. Hope you can make it and we look forward to meeting and hunting with those who have already booked a spring bear hunt with us! Remember too, if you cannot make it this spring, we still have openings for fall bear hunting season. 2015 Idaho Spring Bear Season Begins with a Trophy Class Bear Our first official week of spring bear hunting in our backcountry unit 27 in Central Idaho began with a father son combo from Nebraska and when we went to sit a couple of baits within ear shot of each other, Cam (the son and youth hunter) and I were greeted by the sound of a rifle report just towards the end of legal light. With curiosity getting the best of us, we sprinted over to where his Dad Jeff had been sitting and he and his first year guide, Jacob Roy, were no where to be found. A quick look through bino’s showed a big black blob near the bait and two people cautiously approaching the blackness. Once I heard the victory whoop, I knew the big black blob was a bear. He looked big in the bino’s and we were not disappointed when we got there to help with the skinning chores. This thing was a true trophy bear. It was pure black with no tan or white anywhere, squared 7 feet and its skull measured 22” (with a tape measure) making it the largest bear ever harvested with us here at Wild Idaho Outfitters. Congratulations to Jacob Roy for his first guided bear credit and to Jeff F. For his first bear as well! Idaho Spring Bear Hunting Season Officially Opens Today is the day we have waited all winter for! It is officially Idaho spring bear hunting season. If you are not hunting with us (which we obviously hope you are) then hope you are hunting with another Idaho bear hunting outfitter. And at the very least heading out to the woods to give a try yourself in a DIY type hunt. Which ever route you choose we wish you the best of luck and great times in the Idaho backcountry! Spring Bear Season is Just Around the Corner…I Wish:) Although we are having a mild winter here in Idaho, it is still a few months before the “official” opener of Idaho’s spring bear hunting season. But with these exposed south facing slopes and not enough snow to participate in outdoor winter sports like snowmobiling and cross country skiing, cabin fever seems a bit stronger this year. Fortunately bookings for spring bear season are pretty strong, but we do have a few spots left. Specifically we have mid-May and late June openings. So if this is the year you were planning on hunting spring bear, give us a call while there is still space. and if you don’t hunt with us, we do hope you will at least give Idaho bear hunting a try this year. Happy Hunting! Comment (0) Comments are closed.