Idaho Spring Bear Hunts
As the temperatures start to rise, and the snow gradually recedes from the mountain peaks, the black bear makes its emergence from its winter home. The spring season is the most active period for the black bear during its yearly cycle.
Our Idaho hunts are in the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness area. This is where we do our spring bear hunting over bait and spot and stalk. It is a two bear area with a 50% color phase.
At this time of the year the black bear favors grass, succulent green plants, grubs, and ants, versus carrion which is their preferred food source later in the year. The bears have a ravenous appetite in the spring after their several months in isolation. You are likely to catch them feeding most any hour of the day. In the spring of the year the days are long here in the mountains of Idaho. Our hunts are over bait.
Our season begins May 1st and continues through the end of the June. During the month of May you can expect cool mornings, warm days, cool evenings, possible rain showers and maybe even a snow flurry or two.
As well as black bear, you can expect to see the many varied species of big game animals and wildlife that inhabit our area such as moose, elk, mule deer, whitetail deer, bighorn sheep, mountain goat, and possibly mountain lion.
The hide of the black bear is in prime condition in the spring. It’s fur will be long, thick, and gleam in the sun. Our average mature bears will be between 150 and 300 pounds and square out anywhere from five to six feet or better. The bears don’t weigh as much in the spring as they will in the fall, because of the loss of their fat layers during their winter hibernation. The colors of our black bears vary from coal black through various shades of brown to a bright cinnamon or red and you might even spot a blonde. As a guest of ours you will be provided with everything you need for an enjoyable hunt, except for your weapon and personal gear.