Equipment

Bow Hunting

Many of our bait sites are geared for the bow hunter in mind with ranges from 15 to 40 yards. Each of us as your operators are experienced bow hunters for deer, bear, and moose. Our stands are set up at the site with a yardage that you will be comfortable with. It is a good practice to keep your hunting clothes in a separate bag away from other clothing articles to maintain as scent free as possible while in your stand. Changing into your hunting clothes just prior to accessing your stand and applying a scent shield are two more tactics that can put the odds in your favor to harvest your Black Bear. While a Black Bear's nose is its strongest asset, hunters also must not underestimate the Black Bear's sight and hearing abilities. You will greatly increase your odds of tagging a nice trophy by minimizing your movement and noise while hunting in your stand.

You Supply:
  • Valid hunting license (to purchase your Canadian non-resident bear license)
  • Hunter orange hat and vest (legal requirement)
  • Sleeping bags and pillow
  • Towels and face cloth
  • Tree stands, if possible. (we feel it is advantageous to use your own equipment)
  • Gun case/Bow case (soft case to take to your stand) Legal Requirement
  • Food and supplies may be purchased in our local area, as well as drinking water.


    SAFETY HARNESS FOR TREE STAND USE—FULL BODY HARNESS PREFERRED. YOUR SAFETY IS PRIORITY DURING YOUR TRIP

A Suggested 'To Bring' List:

  • Bug jacket and repellent
  • Rain gear
  • Extra foot ware/gloves
  • Warm clothes (Fall nights in Ontario can be chilly)
  • Fanny pack
  • GPS 
  • FRS radios
  • Flash lights & batteries
  • Binoculars 
  • Coolers & freezer bags for meat 
  • Four wheeler (Quads) (Ownership and insurance required by Ontario law) 
  • Helmets (legal requirement)
  • Rope (small diameter for hoisting gear into tree-stand)
  • Hunting knife/sharpener
  • Fishing equipment
  • Scentlock suit/Scent killer

Crossbow and Longbow Specifications

When archery hunting, bows must meet the following specifications.

Crossbows:

  • Draw length must be at least 11.8in
  • Draw weight must be at least 119 lbs
  • Bolt head must be at least 0.9 inches at the widest point
  • There must be at least two cutting edges of straight, sharp, unserrated, barbless steel

Longbows:

  • Draw weight must be at least 48.5lbs at draw length of 27.6 inches or less
  • Broad head must be at least 0.9 inches at the widest point
  • There must be at least two cutting edges of straight, sharp, unserrated, barbless steel
  • For hunting Black Bear we recommend a compound bow with a draw weight of 50 pounds and a minimum 100 gain broad head, preferably 125 gains.

All archery hunters while hunting Black Bear are required by law to wear hunter orange except when in your tree stand. A hunter orange garment and head cover must be worn with the garment covering a minimum of 400 square inches above the waist.

Gun Specifications

A rim-fire rifle, a shotgun smaller then 20 gauge or any shotgun loaded with shots smaller then SG or No.1 buck cannot be used for hunting Black Bear. If a shotgun is being used we recommend 12 gauge with rifled slugs. For rifle hunting Black Bear we recommend using nothing less than a .270 winchester.

Other recommended calibers:

  • 7mm Remington Magnum
  • .308 Winchester
  • .30-06 Springfield
  • not less than .50 caliber are also recommended with a minimum load of 90 grains of Pyrodex and a 265 grain sabot bullet.