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At 650 pounds, it’s either you or him spread out on the floor.

The black bears of Newfoundland and Labrador tend to be bigger due to a genetic predisposition and low hunting pressures. Here, you’ll find approximately 10,000 of North America's black bears, some topping a whopping 650 pounds. There are two black bear seasons – one in the spring (April – July) and one in the fall (September – November) with rifle or bow. You can also take two black bears (either sex) per licence.

Black Bear Country

Home to over 10,000 black bears, Newfoundland and Labrador is truly bear country. That's one of the highest concentrations in North America, featuring some of the largest skulls in the sport.

Dave Evans’ dream was to open a lodge where his clients could hunt in absolute solitude. Somewhere off the beaten path, where big game roam free. And he found the perfect spot on the banks of the Victoria River, at the end of a sixty-year-old logging road. The only thing standing in his way was sixty years of thicket.

“I had to open up an old road, about four miles. I had to cut out the brush and build a 30-foot bridge just to get down to the river system. It's in complete isolation.”

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Black Bear Outfitters

The key to a successful black bear hunt is a local outfitter. Outfitters act as your main point of contact before and during your trip, so be prepared to make long-lasting memories – and friends.

Our friendly, down-to-earth outfitters’ guides are the difference between a good experience and a great one. After all, they know this place like the backs of their hands. And they're bound to share a few stories over a drink and a hearty meal back at the lodge.

Black Bear Outfitters

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Rules and Regulations

The best way to get the most out of your hunting adventure in Newfoundland and Labrador is by using a local outfitter. Non-resident bear licences are only available through a licenced outfitter. Hunters must be accompanied by a licenced guide to hunt big game.

Helpful Links

Information for Non-Resident Hunters and Anglers
Department of Environment and Conservation Hunting and Trapping Guide (PDF)
Order a Traveller’s Guide and Map
Getting to Newfoundland & Labrador
Newfoundland & Labrador Weather & Climate

Black Bear Packages

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Hunting Stories

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