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Ontario Bear Hunting Trips

Ontario Bear Hunting Trips

Bears, fish, and wilderness await at these Northern Ontario hunting lodges

World-class bear hunting and fishing in Northern Ontario's unspoiled wilderness will create lasting memories.

If spring or fall hunting adventures are in your DNA, you may seriously want to consider a trophy bear along with fantastic multi-species fishing all wrapped into one trip. These resorts and lodges offer world-class bear hunting and fishing packages, all while experiencing Northern Ontario's unspoiled beauty that is sure to be etched in your soul. For me, it was all about fantastic bear hunting with my vertical bow on these trips—and the fishing just made it that much better.

Brace Lake Outfitters is located in Northern Ontario on the Albany watershed. A quick 50-mile flight from Nakina, Ontario, gets you to Brace Lake's pristine beauty and endless adventures. The road ends here, but it's also home to some of Ontario's best hunting and fishing.
I stepped off the plane and was met by Kyle and Teri Polesky. The amazing duo works extremely hard to provide fantastic service, ensuring that each guest's vacation is an experience to remember and work endlessly to ensure the camp is in top condition—no detail is ever overlooked.

The Brace Lake Outfitter cabins are equipped with 24-hour electricity, WiFi, and a full kitchen and bathroom for all the comforts of home—not to mention your private deck overlooking beautiful Brace Lake.

If trophy black bear hunting is what you're looking to pursue, Brace Lake Outfitters is a must. Kyle is an amazingly knowledgeable guide who's sure to get you on a big bear. Brace Lake Out-fitters limits the number of bears harvested, ensuring a good population of trophy-class animals. They offer two types of bear hunting packages—fully guided and semi-guided. Kyle does all the baiting, drops you off, and picks you up from your stand. Most importantly, they give their guests the opportunity for an adrenaline-filled, trip-of-a-lifetime trophy bear hunt.

My trip was exactly that and one I will never forget. Kyle made sure I was hunting active bear sites with shooter animals, keeping his baiting in check, knowing the bears were hitting the sites. Like clockwork, we had bears coming in and giving me opportunities. Once I connected on the bear I wanted, Kyle put his expert tracking to work to recover the bear and took care of the animal all the way through to the hide and meat processing.  

When picking your next trophy bear and fishing destination, Brace Lake Outfitters should be on the top of your list. It's definitely on my list of places to revisit!

Agich’s Kaby Kabins

Getting to Agich's Kaby Kabins is an easy and scenic drive from the U.S. and Canadian border in the heart of the Algoma Region of Ontario. Before a short flight into the lodge, your first stop is White River, Ontario—the birthplace of Winnie The Pooh. White River may be famous for Winnie, but Agich's Kaby Kabins is well known for their excellent black bear hunting.

Stewart and Donna Agich have owned Agich's Kaby Kabins for over 15 years and run the lodge as a family-operated business.

Agich's Kaby Kabins has a main lodge that consists of a beautiful dining area where the amazing home-cooked meals are served with first-rate hospitality to go along with the hearty breakfasts and delicious dinners just like your mom used to make! Agich's offers an American or Housekeeping plan with seven guest cabins that all sleep two to eight people with all the comforts of home: 24-hour electricity, full baths, full kitchen with cooking stove, and spacious living area.

On arrival at the lodge, I reviewed the trail camera photos with our guide to see what bears were in the area when they were visiting the bait sites, and we planned accordingly. The trail cam pictures and video had a big old sow visiting right at last light.

She was so big she waddled.

Typically we wouldn't target a sow, but because she was old and hadn't had cubs in a few years and was chasing every other bear out of the area, they wanted her to be my target on this trip. My pursuit was the queen of the area, and by the trail cam pictures—it was very evident why.

She was as wise as she was old; when we would zig, it always seemed like she zagged. When we were at one bait site, she was visiting a different site. I had my heart set on the big 'ol queen, which is why I passed on bear after bear after bear—four other bears kept us entertained during our hunt.

Tagging a trophy bear is always my goal—but that doesn't make it a reality. She out-smarted me on this trip. There is no doubt in my mind; I'm coming back next year with hopes of closing the deal on this prominent old monarch and catching more of those Kaby hungry fish!

Belle Chasse Outfitters

On this bear hunt, I headed back to a place I know so well. One of the nice things about returning to a resort or lodge you have been to before — it's like going home. When you make a destination a tradition, the people become like family, the hunting encounters are fresh in your mind, and you know the bear hunting will be second to none. That is indeed a reality at Belle Chasse Outfitters. My bear hunting trip the previous spring with my Ravin crossbow was nothing short of spectacular. My guide, Bunny, had me on bears the whole trip. It was just a matter of choosing the right bear.

Belle Chasse Outfitters has one of the largest black bear management areas in Northern Ontario. They properly manage over 90 bear sites within that BMA, so you're guaranteed to be the only hunter on your hunting site for that season and have multiple bear opportunities. Belle Chasse offers fully guide and semi-guided hunts to suit whatever your hunting needs may be. The most important goal at Belle Chasse Outfitters is giving their guests the best opportunity to have a bear hunt of a lifetime.

The minute I left the resort that previous spring, I immediately wanted to go back. They were very gracious in inviting me back, and this time I returned for the fall black bear season with my Mathews bow in hand.

Just as he did my previous trip, my guide Bunny met me at the lodge door to show me trail cam pictures of multiple bears coming into a site where he had a tree stand set up on one side of a hill and a blind on the other in case of rain so we could still film our show. It was great to experience the same incredible high-paced action on this trip that we did the spring prior, as we had bears giving us an opportunity on every sit.

Passing early in the trip on a few smaller bear and borderline shooters, I was on an adrenaline high awaiting the one that caught my eye. During my last sit, I had a sow and cub come in, taking advantage of the tasty offerings my guide had set for them. Whenever you have a sow with a cub in the area, it is typically pretty tense and uneasy.

This time was no different, and the sow was very nervous as she could sense other bears in the vicinity. It wasn't long after they showed up and started browsing when she let out a loud bleat, alerting her cub, and off they went.

I knew there was another dominant bear not far away. Not minutes after the sow scurried off with her cub, I noticed a big bear coming in behind me, then walking down the trail right under my stand, smelling every shrub I had touched and huffing the whole way to the bait site. As soon as I saw that big bear, I knew it was the one I was looking to harvest.

Although it wouldn't give me a shot right away, almost as if it knew I was there. It eventually turned broadside, presenting me a perfect shot behind the shoulder with my ar-row —the animal falling not even 30 yards capping off my return visit.  

Belle Chasse Outfitters is one of Ontario's best bear hunting destinations and a place where bear hunting dreams come true. After tagging out on my spring and fall bear hunts at Belle Chasse Outfitters, I think they should consider changing the lodge name's meaning from "Beautiful Hunt" to "The Beautiful Ontario Experience Hunt!"

Experience Ontario Hunting

These destinations offer the most incredible world-class bear hunting and fishing, all while taking in the scenic beauty Northern Ontario has to offer. Experience it once, and you will be hooked and coming back every year!

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