Black Bear

Some of the largest black bears on Earth have been recorded in Newfoundland. These magnificent predators make for an interesting hunt. Approximately 10,000 of these mighty bruins roam the island.

Black Bears are thought to have been isolated on Newfoundland for over 10,000 years allowing them to evolve into a distinct breed of super predatory bears. Plentiful food supplies, ideal habitat and light hunting pressure have allowed these bears to grow exceptionally large. Some biologists believe that Newfoundland’s Black Bears are actually a “magnum size” sub-species. Others believe the conditions have simply allowed maximum growth. In either case, there is an excellent opportunity to take home a trophy. For more information, including hunting tips, please see the Department of Environment and Conservation’s brochure on Black Bears.

At Mayflower Outfitters, bear hunters can use either rifle or bow for the hunt. Our sturdy tree stands are constructed above active baits. We use sweets and other tasty foods to attract the hungry bears, which keep bears frequently returning to the bait. Suggested shots using a rifle usually range from about 40-60 yards, while 15-20 yards is recommended for bow hunting. It is important to note that sows with cubs cannot be taken. One license can allow for the taking of two bears. However, there is an additional cost of $1000.00 for the second bear.

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Some of the largest black bears on Earth have been recorded in Newfoundland. These magnificent predators make for an interesting hunt. At Mayflower Outfitters, bear hunters can use either rifle or bow for the hunt. Our sturdy tree stands are constructed above active baits. Want to know more about this package? Click here for all [...]

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