Wisconsin Black Bear Hunting
Hunt the Bayfield Peninsula for some of Wisconsins largest Black Bears. Enjoy some of the most spectacular scenery that Wisconsin has to offer. If you have ever sat back with your eyes closed and thought about an old time hunting camp, this is it. We spend a fair amount of time around the fire at night talking about hunts gone by.
Black Bear Camp
First a few words about our Northern Wisconsin Black Bear camp. It is situated on a hill on the west shore of Chequamegon Bay overlooking the channel between mainland Bayfield and Madeline Island. The weather can change here very quickly so you should be prepared for anything from hot and sunny to bitter cold and rainy.
The camp is setup to be quit cozy. The 6 hunters stay in three 12’X14’ wall tents with cots, mattresses, floors and wood stoves for heat. The dining tent is 14’X17’ with a large wood stove. There are three 12’X14’ tents that the staff stays in. The meals are prepared in our cook shack that is 10’X12’ it has an electric range, refrigerator and a 15 cubic foot chest freezer to store your meat and bear hide in. The cook will fix up home style meals for breakfast and dinner. Breakfast will be between 8:00 AM and 9:00 AM lunch will be at noon and will either be sandwichs or leftovers. After lunch will get out to your stand to hunt about 1:00 PM and we will check on you at about 5:30 PM and pick you up just after dark. When you kill your bear we’ll dress it out for you and take it to the registration station. Afterwards we’ll return to camp for dinner, skin and quarter the bear and cape the head so it’s ready for the taxidermist to preserve your trophy of a lifetime. Best of all we’ll take plenty of pictures so you‘ll be able to relive your hunt over and over with your friends.
After the work is done you are invited to join us around the camp fire to relax have a drink or two and to relive the day's events and share stories of hunts gone by. This is one of the most enjoyable times in camp and a time to renew old friendships and start new ones.
We can accommodate groups of up to eight with prior approval.
Bear Camp Essentials
First, you’ll need a warm sleeping bag that will keep you comfortable when the temperatures dip below freezing. Second, be sure to bring the proper ammo for your weapon of choice. If you’re not sure check with us for recommendations. You will also need quiet rain gear (yes we do hunt bears in the rain), waterproof rubber boots and a good tough backpack to carry all your gear,. Bring your camera and plenty of film and a good pair of binoculars. Don’t forget to pack your hunting license, back tag and any medications that you’ll need to take. You’ll also need to bring your own safety harness for hunting from treestands. For safety reasons we do require that all hunters use a safety harness while hunting from our tree stands.
The Tree Stands and Blinds
The treestands that we use are either 12 or 15 foot tree stands and are rock solid shooting platforms. Stands for rifle hunting are 15’ tall and are set 7 to 20 yards from the baits. The bow stands are set from 7 to 12 yards from the baits. We also hunt bears from all forms of ground blinds, from store bought to hand made from natural vegetation and are from 12 yards or 45 yards from the baits. The area we bait is the northern half of the Bayfield peninsula and is about 200 square miles in size. Some baits are on private land while others are on County land and some others are on State, and Federal lands. There will be three active baits for each hunter in camp.
A 30-06 with a 180 grain Nosler Partiton bullet is an out standing choice. Add to it a good quality riflescope like a Leupold Vari-X, 11 or 111 and you’ll have a deadly combination. I personally would not recommend any smaller caliber then a 30-06 for bear hunting. We have taken bears that have squared out at over 7 ½ feet . A six foot squared Black bear will weigh anywhere from 275 pounds all the way up to 350 pound. A full third of our bears go over 6 foot and more. We have had other bears tip the scales at over 500 lb‘s, since 1995. Other good rifles are the 7mm rem mag, the 338 win mag, the 300 win mag along with the short mag’s are all fine calibers with the right bullets, and they’ll get the job done.
Hunters due to age or other physical limitations are welcome to come and share in the hunt for black bears. We have made special arrangments to assist these hunters in getting them there shots at Trophy Bear or Deer. It doesnt matter if you need to use a wheel chair and have to be taken to your stand in a trailer behind an ATVs, or the use of a walker to get into his ground blind that was only 20 yards from the bait. after riding in on the ATVs to the blind. We will do our best to make this happen for you.
Optional - Add On Trophy Game (TROPHY FEES)
Whitetail Deer can be added to your hunt with the appoperate license & tag. There is however a fee of $500.00 due when you arrive at camp for Deer this can also be added to the final payment when its due.
Wild Hogs can be added for $150.00. There is a fee of $50.00 on coyotes. These trophy fees are due immediately due upon taking a trophy game animal.
Deposits are non refundable. After the deposit of has been paid the first payment is due by March 1st the year you are going to hunt, the final payment is due by July 1st the year you are going to hunt. You may pay for the hunt in full at anytime.
Tipping is a subject that doesnt get talked about very often in hunting camps on a whole. An average tip for a guide or outfitter usually is in the 10% to 20% range of the cost of the hunt for a job well done, For the cooks and camp hands on staff would have a tip around fifty to seventy five dollar range. These are the guys that will be splitting the wood for your stoves and stocking your tents. There is an awful lot of things that go into putting together a hunting experience that youll treasure for a life time.
7 Day Unguided Black Bear Hunt
For this type of hunt youre responsibility for your lodging, meals and transportation to and from the bait site. Youll also need to bring your own tree stand or blind. You are also responsible for the handling of your bear this includes retrieval of the bear along with field dressing and skinning, capeing out the head. If you would like us to do any of this for you it can be taken care of for some additional fees back at camp.
Bait sites on the self guided hunt will be baited for you for several months prior to the start of the season. When you get to Bayfield you will need to check in with us so we can give you the bait for the days that you are going to hunt then well be able to show you to your bait and explain to you the baiting procedure as it becomes your responsibility to bait your stand each day.
This hunt can be upgraded to a fully guided hunt at any time for the appropriate fee. You can book your hunt at any time by placing a deposit. The final payment is due by July 1st of the year that youll hunt.
Deposits are $500.00 and are non refundable. Once the deposit has been paid the final payment of $500.00 is due on or before July 1st the year of the hunt. You can pay for the hunt in full at anytime.