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The Best Black Bear Hunt Ever


By Bob Robb

I love black bear hunting so much that when I lived in Alaska I guided a bit for them and hunted them hard both spring and fall. I shot my first-ever bear in the early 1980s, back when you could chase them with hounds in Oregon. Before I left for that hunt, I thought it would be all peaches and cream. You know, dogs chase bear up tree, hunter strolls over and shoots bear, then heads back to camp for cocktails, not a hair out of place. Just like that.

What I found was one of the most physical hunts ever, as we had to chase the dogs up and down and all around some of the steepest, nastiest country in western Oregon. I loved it! That was some 25 years ago. And while I have followed hounds in pursuit of mountain lions and wild hogs a lot since then, I had not chased bears again.

So in late May 2011, my friends Derrick Nawrocki of Alabama and Jason Bear of California joined me on what would turn out to be an archery hunt with hounds that none of us will ever forget. We were hunting with Chris and Cody Korell of Emmett, Idaho-based Korell Outfitters. I’d bowhunted elk with Chris a few years back. And while I didn’t get an arrow off, I was so impressed with Chris and his outfit that I knew I wanted to hunt with him again.

“We do it a little differently than some outfitters,” Chris told me. “A lot of dog guides will turn their hounds loose on the first bear they come across. It might be big; it might be small. Whatever. Before we cut ’em loose, we get out and look for tracks. I will not set my dogs off on small tracks. We only want to shoot mature boars, and the only way to make sure we do that is to not chase small bears. Plus, you are only going to chase so many bears in a week before the dogs need some time off. It’s best to know what you are getting yourself into before you start running the mountains. And when we turn the dogs loose, 90 percent of the time we catch that bear.”

The first morning we split up into three trucks and the search began. There were two packs of dogs: the Korells’ and another belonging to Kidd Youren, a close friend and local houndsman who has been hunting with the Korells for years. Chris and Cody’s father, Larry Korell, was in one truck along with Cody and Jason. Derrick and I were riding with Chris. Kidd and a couple of his buddies went off on their own to see what they could turn up.

We weren’t in the game two hours when our radio crackled. It was Cody, who had found a good track and cut his dogs loose. They had treed a bear up a big pine, so we all vectored in on the tree. As we looked at the bear, I thought to myself how lucky Jason was to be first up. The bear was a stud, big and with a flawless cinnamon hide. Jason made a solid bow shot. Less than half a day into his first-ever day of hunting bears with hounds, he had had tagged a superb 250-pound boar.

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2016 Pennsylvania Bear Harvest Ranks Fifth All-Time


This is the golden age of bear hunting.

Since the Pennsylvania Game Commission began keeping records of statewide bear harvests in 1915, there has never been a more prolific period for Commonwealth black bear hunters.  Continue reading 2016 Pennsylvania Bear Harvest Ranks Fifth All-Time

Public Hearings Set For NC Temporary Black Bear Hunting Rules


Black bearThe North Carolina Wildlife Commission is holding five public hearings to take comments on proposed temporary rules regarding black bear hunting in North Carolina. The first proposed rule would extend the time that bears can be taken with the aid of unprocessed food as bait to the entire open season. The second proposed rule would move the black bear hunting seasons in Brunswick and Columbus counties to the second Monday in November through Jan. 1. Continue reading Public Hearings Set For NC Temporary Black Bear Hunting Rules

Ontario Spring Bear Season Expanded


The Ontario Ministry Of Natural Resources and Forestry has announced the expansion of the spring bear hunt. SCI Canada has worked diligently over the past 20+ years to bring back this hunt as it was cancelled because of political pressure without and against science. Congratulations to the current government for recognizing this and doing the right thing. Dwight James, Chair of the Canada committee, expressed, “[W]we are extremely pleased with the decision by OMNRF to extend the pilot project to all WMU’s in Ontario. Wildlife management should always be done using science and facts rather than emotion and politics”

black bear in river
The extension will allow the ministry to gather further information to assess concerns voiced by Ontario’s communities about human-bear conflicts, and to support economic growth and tourism in the north and central parts of the province.

In 2014, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) introduced a two-year black bear pilot that included a limited early bear hunting season in response to increasing concerns in some northern communities about conflicts with black bears. Continue reading Ontario Spring Bear Season Expanded