Episode 22 – The Future of Black Bear Hunting in Canada
The Future of Black Bear Hunting in Canada
In this episode Mark and Curtis claw into the future of black bear hunting in Canada. The guys talk about the black bear’s unique evolutionary story in North America, all the different races of black bears in Canada, including the ancient glacial insular bears of British Columbia and how many black bears there are. Bearing in mind those discussions, Mark and Curtis provide encouragement for new hunters interested in black bear hunting that includes where to hunt spring black bears, what clues to look for to find bears, how to differentiate a black from a grizzly bear track, how to cook bear meat and what proportion of a harvested bear is utilized. The guys examine the return of the Ontario spring black bear hunt after its ban in 1999 as well as the lessons learned from the grizzly bear hunt ban in British Columbia and how these events apply to the future of black bear hunting in Canada. Rounding out the episode the hosts dive into the topics of baiting, hunting bears with hounds, non-resident guided black bear hunting, the narrative around bear hunting, why you should be proud of Canada’s history of black bear conservation and what things hunters could do right now to protect the future of black bear hunting in Canada. Finally, find out how to help ensure hunting and fishing in Canada can continue during the COVID-19 pandemic and figure out how many times a drumming ruffed grouse beats its wings.
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