With the Ontario spring bear hunt back in full swing and the fall bear hunt still being an ideal time to hunt, it’s never been a better time to be a bear hunter. With a 17-year stoppage of spring hunting, bear numbers have soared in the province. Bears have been plentiful in almost all Boreal forest regions, and big mature bears are roaming all corners of the province. My family not only loves bear hunting, but we love bear meat. It surprises me how often we hear people saying they don’t eat bear meat or don’t enjoy it. With a bit of research, I promise you will find a bear recipe, or lots of them, that allow you to love bear meat like we do.
Hunting bears can be intimidating for some; they are not deer, you cannot pattern them to travel routes and feeding on crops like most fringe animals. They are not turkeys or moose, who can be called in effectively during the mating seasons. No, bears are totally different, and when hunted on their turf in the dense Boreal forest they can be ghosts, even though the numbers are high.