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  Meet The Staff

Bear Hunting Outfitter Dale Denney

Dale Denney, Bear Outfitter

Washington Bear Guide Ray Doppenberg

Ray Doppenberg, Bear Guide

Bear Hunting Guide Daniel Evans

Daniel Evans, Bear Hunt Guide

Blackbear Hunting Guide Nick Simpkins

Nick Simpkins, Blackbear Guide

Bear Hunting Guide, Brian Denney

Brian Denney, Bear Hunt Guide

Cinnamon Color Phase Bear Hunt

Cinnamon Color Phase Bear

Bob's 550 lb Bear, 8 foot long

550 lb Bear, Nearly 8 feet

Color Phase Bear Hunt, 7 Foot Bear

Color Phase Bear Hunt, 7 Foot

Washington Bear Hunting

Experience the thrill of spot and stalk bear hunting with Bearpaw Outfitters, hunt natural food sources and learn bear habits. Hundreds of successful bear hunts confirm Bearpaw Outfitters are one of the most experienced and successful bear hunting outfitters in the business. 

Washington is a bear hunter's paradise, the bear population has been estimated at over 30,000, the most bear in the southern 48 states. About 50% of the bear in the hunt areas are color phase bear and best of all, fall bear licenses are sold over the counter with no draw needed. Spring permits are a draw, but due to high bear numbers, permits have been doubled, draw odds should be higher than ever before.

These spot and stalk bear hunts are totally fair-chase with no bait or hounds used. Depending when you hunt, you might also combo deer, elk, turkey, cougar, coyote, or varmints on the same hunt. With high bear numbers, over the counter licenses, multiple game species, and reasonable pricing, this is as good as it gets for fair chase bear hunting.

Spring or Fall Bear

5-Day Hunts - Cost Each


Guided 2x1.....$2450

Guided 3x1.....$2150





Do-It-Yourself Hunt - Map Only

DIY Bear Map...$495

Bear Scouting Video

Bear Hunt Options

Guided Hunt:  A 5-day guided bear hunt including lodging, meals, guiding, field dressing, game recovery, skinning, with no guarantee.

Guaranteed Guided Hunt:  If you don't get a reasonable shot opportunity choose a 50% refund or a return trip for half price.

Semi-Guided Hunt:  Includes lodging, meals, advice, map, you are shown where to hunt, hunt on your own, BPO will recover your game.

Unguided Hunt:  Includes lodging, meals, hunting advice, and a hunting map, you will hunt on your own and recover your game.

DIY Bear Hunting Map:  This is a Do-It-Yourself unguided hunt. Save hundreds in fuel and wasted time trying to find good hunting areas. Increase your odds of success, with our marked map you drive straight to good hunting areas and hunt on your own as long as needed.

Bear Hunting School:  Learn how to successfully hunt bear, where to hunt, how to find and identify bear sign, be a more successful hunter.

Bear Hunting Areas

Bearpaw Outfitters hunt in northeast Washington close to Idaho and British Columbia, Canada. Harvest records show more bear taken many years in this region than in other regions of Washington. It's easy to come and hunt this area, you don't have the hassle of crossing the border and dealing with customs to go on a Canadian bear hunt.

Hunting Methods

One of the most effective bear hunting methods is sitting and glassing mountain berry patches for feeding bear. Sometimes bear are spotted at close range so you can shoot when the bear is first spotted and other times bear are spotted at long distance and hunters might try to stalk closer. It really gets exciting when a bear is so close in the brush that you can hear him eating but you have to wait for a clear shot. Bow hunters usually watch game trails or waterholes for close range shots.

If the thought of sitting over a bear bait pile doesn't sound appealing and you want to feel like you really earned your bear, this might be the right hunt, give us a call. This bear hunt is perfect for the bear hunter looking for a truly challenging fair-chase bear hunt. Once you've hunted bear this way, you’ll likely want to do it again. 

Shot Opportunity

Shot opportunity on the fall guided bear hunts averages about 70% but we've had years with 100% opportunity. Our guided spring bear hunts have been 100% every year. Unguided hunters average a little over 50%. Shooting distances vary from 10 yards to 250+ yards. Sight your rifle dead on at 200 yards. Bow hunters should plan on 10 to 50 yard shots.

Trophy Quality

Hides are best in the spring or after fall frosts cause the fur to thicken. Roughly 50% of the bear are off color, so there's a good chance of taking a brown, blonde, or cinnamon color phase bear. Bear numbers and average size have increased since bait and hounds were banned in 1996. Most bear weigh from 120 to 300 pounds and measure from 5 to 7 feet. A few bear have weighed over 400 pounds and our biggest weighed 550 pounds. Fall bear average about 200 pounds.

Bear Hunting Seasons

Fall Bear:  Seasons open Aug 1 or Sept 1 depending on unit. Fall hunting is best from August to early October when ripe berries attract bear from miles around. Bear only feed on berries that are ripe so timing is everything, the key to successful bear hunting is to be in the right place at the right time. The Denney family has hunted bear in Washington for over 70 years, they know when and where to hunt.

Spring Bear:  Open April 15 to June 15. Permits are issued by drawing but due to the high bear population permit numbers are being doubled, apply in February. The best time to bear hunt is the last half of May when most bear are out of their dens.


Lodge & Cabins:  The facilities are only 10 to 60 minutes from most hunting areas. Enjoy meals in the lodge, a pool table in the den, indoor bathrooms, bunk beds in the cabins, and a lighted game cleaning area with water for cleanup. Groups of up to 12 can be accommodated.

What’s Not Included

Meat processing, taxidermy, licenses, gratuities, and other items not listed as being included. Bring your personal gear and sleeping bag.


Hunters of any age can purchase hunting licenses over the counter. First time hunters may apply for a one time deferral from the Hunter Ed requirements. All other hunters must have Hunter Ed if born after Jan 1, 1972. Youth licenses are half price (even for non-resident youth).

Driving Directions

Follow Interstate 90 to Spokane, exit on Hwy 395, follow 70 miles north to Colville, then take Hwy 20 east about 3 miles to Bearpaw Outfitters.

Taxidermy and Meat Processing

Both services are available locally, meat processing is usually done in a day or two, or you can transport your trophy and carcass home.

Contact Us Today

Call or Email with any questions or to book a hunt. If sending a deposit by postal mail, use the Hunt Application to verify your details. "We look forward to meeting you and hunting with you soon."

Best Regards,
Dale, Tara, and The Staff

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