What is the average price for a bear hunt? Would anyone pay to bear hunt?
Yes - someone would pay to bear hunt. I know some folks that paid $1200 for the first week of season - a baited place to hunt. No lodging, food, etc. I paid $2400 for a week in canada including lodging, food, boat for fishing, and baited stands. I thought that was a good price. It was good fishing, not the best bear hunting - but I did kill one. I still had to get there and back. That is one of the cheaper full service hunts I have seen. I am doing my own baiting in AR and figure I have $2000 in a fall of bear hunting - including lease fee, travel, and bait.
I agree 100% - there is a lot more satisfaction on a diy baiting experience than going somewhere and they do it for you. And there is no guarantee that you will kill one on a guided hunt. DIY is expensive, time consuming, and hard work. This year, we had a nice bear on bait for two solid weeks. Never missed a day. Rebaited Friday and hunted ten hours sat and ten hours Sunday. Bear has not been to bait since last Thursday night. No bear has. Who knows what happened.I have often thought about all of these things. I killed my first bear in 2013 with Sandy at Outlaw Guide Servece in Arkansas. I paid $2k back then and it seemed expensive but I really wanted to kill a bear and I did.
Since then I have gotten access to private land to bait on and I now see why the price was $2k. It is a LOT of work. Not to mention buying bait and gas. I think the days off work just gathering bait and baiting hurts the most. I easily drive a 6 hour round trip every time I bait which is about 10 -14 times a year. I am a self employed taxidermist and every day I'm out baiting Im losing money from not being in the shop. I dont know the exact math but it might be cheaper to just go on a guided hunt. The problem with that is Im kinda stubborn and like the satisfaction of doing it myself and the reward that comes with it when successful. I have killed 2 in the last 5 years diy. I guided my then 16 year old daughter on her bear. I put a 18 year old guy on a hot bait last year and he killed a bear. My brother got a bear 3 years ago. My goal this year is for my 8 year old to get a bear. He has been on every baiting trip except for once.
On a baited hunt I think it might be that high on a poor acorn year. Its going to depend on the spot you have. Some folks are going to have a shot at a bear or two every year while others are going to struggle to hang onto one until season opener. You can see that from the folks here that bait. A couple hundred yards can make the difference between an excellent bear spot and a bear desert.I agree with a change of scenery hunting. We don't have a hunt able population in Kansas and I have been to Colorado more times than I care to go. I know that everyones experience is difference and opportunities aren't the same for everyone but do you think the DIY Arkansas bear hunt success rate is less than 20%?
Sounds like a heck of a time!i could never get worked up on a baited bear hunt, so we went diy to alaska.
we went to an island in south east Alaska for a spot and stalk hunt. it was a great hunt and we stalked bears in streams that were so thick with salmon that you were kicking them out of the way. skinning a bear in the dark with salmon everywhere as the bait was good for raising the blood pressure a point or two.
if you are going to spend money on a hunt you wont regret this one. on the ferry over to the island we got to see whales, too.
we thought we could do it for 3500 but it cost a few hundred more, but was still under $ 4000. in addition to the bears we brought back 50lb of fresh salmon. fresh salmon is very very good.
we drew tags for this spring but the covid caused us to miss the trip.