Manitoba Black Bear Hunting


Manitoba bear hunts

We offer fall and spring baited bear hunts.

It is a well know fact that Manitoba Canada has the best Black Bear hunting in North America. That is for good reason as we have some big bear here and lots of them. Now if you look into Manitoba bear hunting hot spots. You will find we are located in the area with the best variety and consistent natural food sources. Add water and abundant shelter and no human presence, you found the makings of World Class Black Bear Hunting! Now, imagine no people! No farms, towns, highways or anything to draw black bears into trouble. They would get the chance to grow very big and raise alot more bears. That is exactly what we have, exclusive 5 million acres of. Some of the best black bear hunting in Manitoba Canada. This also facilitates the growth of color phase bears, which we have a 40-50% avg. We are proud to be a Manitoba bear outfitter and work very hard to ensure our bear hunting trips are a fun adventure.

The Bears: We avg 350 lb bears consistently, with bruins over 500 lbs each year. Very Big Black bears with a consistent 40-50% opportunity on color phase. We see all the color phase bears, such as blonde, cinnamon and chocolate as well as different shades of black. Our bears get the chance to grow big with plentiful food and cover and no other bear hunting in our allocation. Some will die of old age as proven with our Annual Biological Sampling studies that gather information of the age of bears killed. We have age reports showing many in the teens and even up to 24yrs old, so our population is doing fine.

Not sure if you would like to try our spring black bear hunts or fall bear hunt? Contact me and i can explain all the differences. 

The Hunts: Our bear hunts take place over baits, most of which are established for 20 years, some over 30yrs! The bears habitually take advantage of the fresh feed every spring and fall. We diligently keep the baits full of high quality feed, not sweets and garbage. We spend the time to ensure our baits are active, with attention given to location, quality of bait, wind direction and concealment. We hunt from 10 ft high tree stands with shooting lanes cut to the baits with typical distance of 50-70 yards to bait for rifle. We use natural vegetation to build our stand blinds and our tree stands are large custom built for ample room and Safety. Bow stands are typically 15 yds on avg however we do set up closer for the few Traditional bow hunters we host. We can also put you in a ground blind if you prefer. We use only the best bait and lots of it, barrels full not pails, 80,000 lbs/yr!! And we also use alot of what is the absolute best bear bait on the planet, i keep freezers full of it. Quess what it is? Bottom line, we take our job seriously and do it very well. The bears are very plentiful and our bear hunting area is the best in the province. We hunt spring and fall every year.

The places we hunt: We hunt from our main tent camp, 3 different remote spike camps and 1 remote camp with 4 cabins and all the ammenities of home. Each location has incredible creature comforts, fantastic accomodations, superb meals, and World's BEST black bear hunting.


What makes us different?

Mainly the area. This part of Manitoba is truly wild and there are no roads nor human establishments for many miles. We are not close to any population of people, nor is it easily accessible to get to the hunting areas. For this reason our hunts are naturally an adventure, whether we like it or not! The terrain, weather and seasons dictate how, when, why, where and who, is going on out there. You may be hunting miles out on the big lake, way back inside the forest past 3 swamps and a salt flat or off one of the many islands. Visit our page about what to expect on your Manitoba bear hunt. Everything from what to bring on your hunt, to details on the hunt itself.

We do this full time, not on the side, it's our livelihood and we do it right. We employ a great staff that along with us really enjoy the job. We all plan to be here for many years as we are granted and we want to be outfitting hunters in this pristine piece of Canada the whole time. We want all of our guests to want to come back.

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Hunting pressure?

Riverside Lodge guests are the only Bear hunters you will see. We have exclusive hunting rights to thousands of square miles of wilderness. The lack of human presence makes our hunting opportunities very unique and provides the hunter with a well deserved adventure. How many places offer a real wilderness hunt deep into the bears home? It is a unique experience to hunt in our remote location and then haul your bear home in the front of a boat. It is not an easy task preparing/maintaining our bait sites and stands, but we put in a lot of effort to give each guest a hunt of a lifetime.

Our equipment is also in very good condition and diligently maintained to ensure a Safe experience. With a fleet of 12 boats of all sizes and many types of off road vehicles, we always have a way to hunt.

We are all experienced professional guides who are very proud of our work. We know the area and the bears.

We accommodate rifle, shotgun, muzzle loader and archery hunters.

Bow hunters : We ask that archery hunters take their time and place the arrow true of course, but also carry a rifle for protection. We have had close calls with angry bears which required a quick response from a loaded firearm.

Also,why not pack along a bow fishing set up for your rig? You can have a great time in-between hunts shooting Carp. They are found easily in the shallows and it is very fun and challenging. We have tons of carp and big ones too. They are not very good eating but you can add it to your bear bait.

What we don't have- black flies, nor no-seeums. Just mosquitoes.....but lots of them. (Thermacell works great!)


Our Snake Lake Camp boasts the 8th biggest Black Bear in the World, year 2000!! Over 8 foot square, 22 1/16 skull.


Did you know? -- Manitoba is one of the first and few places in North America that has kept records of collected samples from killed bears such as tooth and reproductive tracts for study. These are used for research to determine ages, sex, health and many more aspects of the bears. Useful information is gathered from such studies but what it has proven is that by baiting bears we can maintain a very healthy population by selective harvesting. With the use of bait we are able to harvest certain bears with quick clean kills. It is also a very useful strategy to eliminate the accidental killing of a Sow with cubs. The hunter has plenty of time to observe the bear to determine if she has cubs around. Also by allowing such select harvest, most hunters take the time to kill big boars, which inevitably will kill cubs.

Contact Us at Riverside Lodge and request more information on our Manitoba Canada bear hunts.

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News & Events

  • 2014 Fall hunting review - wonderful fall with close to "normal" weather. Next year we are excited to implement some new aspects to all of our hunts,
  • Video of our remote fall bear camp - better place nor a more beutiful place than this to hunt black bears
  • Hunt big black bears this fall - You won't find another hunt like it in Manitoba, especially the bears!
  • Nice Color phase bear! - Look at the expression Carl put on that bear, perfect. Look at the color Nature put that on that bear, perfect.
  • Spring Bear hunts - big boar scat with 3 inch long black hairs in it. He ate them whole, nothing left. So we try to kill the big boars at the bait sites

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