Outland Outfitting Provides Quality Bear Hunting in Manitoba Canada
My name is Josh Johannson, a licensed guide and outfitter. I have been guiding and fishing for years as a commercial fisherman and by angling. I've come attached to the Grand Rapids area because it is a place that has so many bears and now over 500 square miles. The quality of bear is seemingly endless, and it is so exciting to see all the colour phase here as well.
I am out one month prior to the start of the black bear hunt baiting and using trail cams to identify what bears are in the area, and keep checking them every time I bait so quality bears are what you will always be hunting. At Outland Outfitters, we put a lot of time into baiting and scouting so you will always be on productive baits.
Grand Rapids is a small picturesque community in central Manitoba, Canada. Population is about 1500 and the nearest towns are at least 100 miles away. This isolation, coupled with the numerous caves and dense forest, make for excellent bear habitat. Grand Rapids is 400 miles north of the Canadian/US border and due to the location of our town between two large lakes, we often become a funnel for hungry bears.
The hunt starts on a Monday and runs until Friday, with Sunday being arrival and departure on Saturday. Success rates are 90 - 100% with every hunter getting an opportunity to harvest a bear. Colours range from solid black to blonde, cinnamon, chocolate, or any combination of the four. Some seasons find us harvesting 45 - 50% off-coloured bears, depending on which baits are being hunted. Accommodations can consist of tent camps for isolated areas and cabins/hotel rooms. Transportation to and from baits is usually by 4-wheel drive, but can include boat travel as well as hiking.
The lodging available is close to Cedar Lake and being just steps from the shore, offers beautiful scenery and peace and quiet. As well as having internet available, the place is fully furnished with oven, microwave, dishes, pots, cutlery, etc. You will need to supply your own food for the days you are here. If you are driving up, I suggest getting groceries at the Walmart in Winnipeg. There are also two restaurants in town, and a few small grocery stores, as well as gas and diesel pumps. Depending on where you are coming from, contact me and I will give you the best directions to get here and where to fuel up.
Rates and Dates: Spring season runs from mid-May through mid-June and fall season is the first two weeks of September.The Price for one week is $2,150 USD. This includes a five day hunt at very productive baits, all skinning and hide care, transportation to and from baits, and a comfortable stay.
A $900 deposit is required to reserve your hunt. Balance is due 60 days before hunt. Deposits and payments are non-refundable, but can be transferred to another hunter for that year's scheduled time period.
There is also a wound policy in effect. We will try very hard to retrieve a wounded animal, but if it is not found, it is considered a kill and the hunt is over. Non-hunters welcome to accompany you for $750. Total Cost is final, no exceptions.
Price Does Not Include: Travel to and from airport Staff Gratuities Hunting License (approx. $216) Allocation Fee ($100)
Black flies are usually not a problem, however, we do have our fair share of mosquitos for two weeks in spring and for the fall. I suggest bringing a thermacell and refills.
When we have extra time, we can go fishing or tour the local fish hatchery, Hydro Generating Station, and other local sites. Hopefully, you are not one of the many hunters who have been taken for a ride by other bear camps. I can assure you that will not happen here. You won't find twenty hunters in camp, baits that are a quarter mile apart, or baits that are unproductive. You will see bear.
As you may know, many places in Manitoba are experiencing extensive flooding. That is not an issue at Outland Outfitting as all of the bait sites are on dry ground and there is no flooding in our area.