. It's basically following the tree line to the north and human populations to the south.
By the time a Black Bear is two years old they reach about 100 pounds and are on their own for the first time. Young bears get chased out of prime territories and since there is no food above the tree line their only alternative is to travel south where they are becoming a nuisance in towns in Northern Ontario and central Ontario and hunting is the logical way to control their population. Without Black Bear Hunting in Ontario many 1000s of bears would starve to death or be killed by bigger territorial bears. Black Bears can get big. The average size that hunting guests might see in Northern Ontario is around 200 pounds but hunters harvest many bears in the 300 to 450 pound range. They can get a lot bigger than that. In 2010 a 1000 pound Black Bear was hit and killed by a logging truck between Wawa & Chapleau. In 2011 an 890 pound bear chocked to death on a plastic bag at the Nipigon dump. Both these bears have been documented by the Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR).
Black Bears are omnivores, which means they eat anything. Their prime food is grasses, Blueberries, Raspberries, bugs, grubs and Beavers. They will eat anything but above is the primary diet of wild Black Bears in Ontario.
If you are at a dump in Ontario to view the bears you can observe them ignoring meat, fruit and vegetables and going after food with high carbohydrate content such as bread and pasta. They go after these high carb snacks because they can build up their fat supply faster. Experienced outfitters know this so when baiting bears to come to a tree stand they use a wide range of food including food high in carbohydrates.
There are many critics of Black Bear Hunting and there are no shortage of these tree huggers in Ontario. People say you are just killing, not hunting. Nothing can be farther from the truth. A Black Bear can hear 20 times better than a human and can smell 250 times better than a human. Black Bear Hunting is an exercise in stealth, which can be hard to do sometimes when spending hours out in the Ontario wilderness. A hunter's ability to become invisible is key to a successful hunt. Hunters also need to understand that there are tons of huge bears in Ontario and they need to have confidence and pass on smaller bears if they really want a trophy bear of a lifetime.
Hunters are legally allowed to use bow, rifle, shotgun and muzzleloader to hunt bears in Ontario. It is illegal to hunt with a hand gun in Ontario. The weapon used dictates the season so archery season starts a couple of days before gun season. Hunter orange must be warn at all times during big game season. Camouflage hunter orange does not qualify in Ontario.
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The Bear Hunt in Ontario starts around mid-august. In some regions Archery / Bow hunters can start earlier than Rifle and Black Powder / Muzzleloader hunters. The Ontario Bear hunting season usually runs from Mid September to the beginning of October depending how far north the outfitter. A non-resident Ontario bear hunting license is $230 and the export fee for the meat & fur is $35.
Ontario Bear Hunt Preparation
All Black Bear Hunters need an Ontario Hunting Outdoor Card. They are $9 and last for three years. For information on Hunting Outdoors Cards, call the Outdoors Card Centre at 1-800-387-7011 or for more information
All non-resident hunters need to complete a Non-Resident Firearm Declaration Form and Continuation Sheet to bring hunting firearms into Canada. Do not sign the form until a customs agent asks you to.
Non-Resident Firearm Declaration Forms are available by emailing
email@example.com , or by calling 1-800-731-4000 (Canada and U.S.) or
1-506-624-5380 (other countries) and from all Customs offices across Canada. Visit the RCMP web site for more information
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