Sound wildlife management and abundant quality habitat have produced one of the highest black bear populations in the lower 48 at an estimated 24 thousand animals. These high densities, attention to detail and dedication by our staff, provide Smoldering Lake's clients great opportunities to harvest the elusive black bear.
Special consideration and effort go into the preparation of each hunting site. Limiting the number of sites and only harvesting one animal per site, annually, help us to manage excellent trophy quality in our bear hunting area. Site preparation begins with consideration of local food sources, travel routes, prevailing winds, and most importantly cover.
Bait hunts for bear are predominately an afternoon event, with hunters on stand for 5 to 6 hours. All meals for this hunt are served at the lodge. The big meal of the day is served mid day. A lighter evening meal accommodates the late and unpredictable return to camp.
All hunts begin on fresh unhunted sites, with back ups available if needed. Information gained during booking allow us to tweak bait sites according to each hunters needs.
Hunters generally will be alone on stand. Our pre hunt meeting is a general briefing that will prepare guests for their hunt. Guides will inform them what to expect on individual sites and conditions.
A ratio of 3 hunters per guide maximum, allow for more efficient and personal attention during your hunt.
Whether you are hunting alone or part of a group once you are in camp you are part of the team. Your bear hunting experience begins Sunday afternoon in time to check your weapon on our range, get acquainted with the guide team and other members in camp. Tales of close encounters with this ghost of the forest and success' of the hunt abound at the dinner table and around the fire.
Smoldering Lake Outfitters have several areas where crop damage is a concern for farmers. Stand hunting or still hunting are the preferred methods in these limited areas. Crop field afford hunters the ability to view large open areas as opposed to the small confined space of a bait station.
This can be either a stand hunt or spot and stalk.