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Best place to Bear hunt in UP

Discussion in 'MichiganBear.com' started by FSUhunter, Jun 8, 2016.

  1. Rooster Cogburn

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    My offer to help anyone interested in DIY hunting still holds. There's a lot more to bear hunting than paying to sit on a bear bait.

    As for guided bear hunts with hounds, any hound hunter who is skillful enough to provide a quality bear hunt for clients without needing multiple "employees" to get the job done...is a genuine bear guide.

    Just for the record, I would like to see licensing and regulating of guiding...and requiring guides to pass a competency test, weed out felons & individuals with game law violation, require CPR and first aide certifications. Same stuff that had a full support from the 18 member Black Bear Coalition put together by MDNR back in about 2008.

    Scott is correct about me bashing MDNR over their past bear management. My statements and a whole bunch of other dedicated bear hunters where proven right back about 2010 or so when biologist Dwayne Etter acknowledged his bear model was wrong and bear numbers were down.

    You will not hear me complaining about Kevin Swanson's bear management. You will likely hear me pointing out NRC actions that do not comply with the sound science mandate in PA 281.

    Have never seen any posts from Scott directed at improving Michigan's bear management.
     
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  2. TVCJohn

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    I used the word neutral in the context of someone that does not have a financial or business interest in the advice they offered on a thread seeking input and opinions.

    WRT to Rooster, he's pretty good at speaking for himself. I know he is involved with the DNR on many bear matters. Some of the things he knows he may not want to post publicly.

    I agree 100% about due diligence and seeking info, advice and opinions before a decision is made. MS is a great place to do that.
     

  3. welldriller_old

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    Srconnell22 guide bashing IMO could become a sport with in its self..... You guys make such easy targets.
     
  4. Musket

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    If I had 8 points, which I never will, but if I did and I were going to hunt the UP. I would choose the Carney Unit. Hands down, you couldn't talk me out of it.
     
  5. Beartreed

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    I'm not so sure it makes a lot of difference which BMU you hunt in.There are nice sized bears shot in every unit. By far more important than which unit you choose is having a proper and secluded place to hunt. If using a guide do your best to get a good one. I would choose any of the units west of Newberry though. A little luck is also part of the equation
     
  6. yooper Bob

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    To bad Drummond only offers 1 tag,there is lots of bear on the island. I've seen as many as five adults in a day bow hunting. two years ago a mama tried to chase my son from his tree stand, he had to shoot his 40 cal pistol several times to get it and its cubs to leave.
     
  7. Cheney Creek Kennel

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    Contact me if interested in the Newberry Unit
     
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    This is my first year I'm going bear hunting, I'm thinking of doing a Quebec hunt, then try for a UP Hunt as I have 2 pts. what would be the best area.
    I was given a suggestion of using Turtle Creek outfitters. any info would be appreciated.
     
  9. TVCJohn

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    If you're asking about Canada.....what are your bear goals.....huge, color phase, cost effective, close, etc???
     
  10. Rooster Cogburn

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    Blacknwhite,

    If you don't mind waiting until the 2016 Michigan bear harvest data comes out, usually by early spring....you can research it and pinpoint the BMU with the most successful hunters. Might be a good idea to avoid hunting in the third part of the bear season. Things usually slow down by then.

    Another resource for you would be to contact Kevin Swanson, MDNR Bear & Wolf Specialist. Kevin is a straight shooter.
     
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  11. Blacknwhite

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    HI TVCJohn,

    Right now I would like cost effective, as I would like to do Canadian hunt an a UP Baraga hunt. As I become more knowledgeable with this, I would like to go after different color phase an sizes. I also prefer hunting with a bow, as this is more challenging for me.
     
  12. TVCJohn

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    Ok...I'll just stick with Canada. Below are links to the Ontario and Quebec outfitters. You will find alot of outfits on there that you can review to see what appeals to you. I would suggest identifying what you're looking for and reach out to the outfitter quickly. Ontario has limited the outfitter NR tags. Not sure if Quebec did that. Ontario just started doing spring hunts for NR's. Otherwise fall is your other option. If color phase is your flavor, western Ontario has more color phase. If you want a real good chance at color phase and bigger bears, Manitoba and Saskatchewan will offer that but the cost is higher too. The Duck Mountains and Riding Mountains has a few outfitters working that area. I went with Duck Mt Outfitters in Manitoba once. The owner is from Michigan. If you're looking for a two-bear hunt, maybe New Brunswick. One of the posters on here just got his outfitters license (Callindeer) there. You can PM him direct. If you do a search you will see alot of his bear vids on this forum. He has some nice bears.

    http://ontariobearhunting.net/

    https://www.pourvoiries.com/en/hunting-quebec/packages/

    Yesterday I just spoke to the Ontario outfitter I went with before about a spring bear hunt and he is already filled up. I'll be checking on a couple of other ones to see if they have any openings left.
     
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    Rooster,

    Thanks for the input, do you have a contact # for him. I do plan on researching as much as I can until the spring data. a friend of mine uses The turtle creek outdoors, I may check them out also.
     
  14. Rooster Cogburn

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    Blacknwhite,

    Sent you a personal message with Kevin's contact information along with some added information.
     
  15. TVCJohn

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    Coincidentally seen this Quebec outfit with a flyer in the local gander Mt last night. Obviously I know nothing of the them. Would need to research and check references.

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