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
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
Type of Hunt - Cost Each
Guided Hunt (5-Days)..........$2150
Guaranteed Guided Hunt.....$2950
Unguided Hunt (5-Days)........$850
DIY Bear Hunting Map..........$395
Bear Hunting School (2-Day) $750
Bear Hunt Options
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.
Includes lodging, meals, advice, map, you are shown
where to hunt, hunt on your own, BPO will recover
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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).
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.
and Meat Processing
Both services are available locally, meat
processing is usually done in a day or two,
you can transport your trophy and carcass
Contact Us Today
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look forward to meeting you and hunting with you
Dale, Tara, and The Staff