Pro tactics from TV’s Canada in the Rough for successfully hunting black bears wherever they’re found across the land
#1 IDENTIFY PRIME HABITAT
If you’re planning to pursue bears in Canada’s thick boreal forest, then spot-and-stalk hunting is really not an option. Instead, you’ll need to rely on baiting to draw them in. Bears travel many kilometres in their core areas, and even more during the June rut, so create a plan the same way you would for hunting deer or moose.
Study maps and aerial photos of your hunting area to identify edges where the terrain changes from thick timber to low-lying swamps, or from hills to flats. There should also be a nearby water source, whether it’s a swamp, creek or lake, to attract thirsty bears.