Bear Hunts in Northwestern Ontario, Canada

Spring & Fall Hunts Available
Gerry Cariou
By Gerry Cariou

Gerry Cariou is the Executive Director of Ontario's Sunset Country.

Last Updated: May 7, 2024

Hunt Bears in the Boreal Forests of Sunset Country

The ingredients for any successful hunting trip involve going to an area with many animals and low hunting pressure. That's what the vast tracts of wilderness in Northwestern Ontario offer bear hunters. With a huntable land area of around 50,000 square miles and many professional outfitters to choose from, Sunset Country is one of the better destinations in Ontario to hunt black bears. These outfitters manage what are called Bear Management Areas (BMAs) with each BMA having several active and regularly-tended bait sites. You can hunt in Sunset Country during the spring or fall and choose archery or rifle. Many fall hunters combine their bear hunt with grouse as a secondary species and of course, many also enjoy the spectacular fishing we offer. 

Lots of black bears in Sunset Country

Bear hunting in Ontario is regulated by the Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR) which sets the rules hunters and outfitters must follow. The rules are in place to help the Ministry regulate the harvest, especially the protection of sows with cubs, so it is important to know the rules and regulations for bear hunting in Ontario, Canada. Once you know the rules and as long as you follow them, you can hunt with confidence and no hassles from the authorities. The MNR estimates the population of black bears in the Province to be over 75,000 animals so that is a good number, meaning your chances of success are high.

Fishing in Northwestern Ontario

Many bear hunters also take time to try their luck at fishing

Hunt based on your schedule

With bear hunts available in either the spring or fall, you can plan a trip to Sunset Country based on your schedule and pick the dates and season which is most convenient for you. Here's an interesting article regarding the differences between a spring versus fall bear hunt. Regardless, having two distinct hunting seasons makes it easier for you, the hunter, to plan your northwestern Ontario bear hunt based on when it works in conjunction with the other hunting trips you take.

You'll encounter rugged Canadian Shield terrain when you hunt in Northwestern Ontario

You'll be hunting rugged Canadian Shield terrain so come prepared