What to Bring for Your Black Bear Hunt

Equipment
* 1 pair of easy on and easy off camp slippers (with rubber bottoms) We
have a boots off policy in all our buildings and these slip -ons will make your building
to building travel very easy
* 1 pair of wool pants, 1 pair of long underwear, 1 pair of hunting jeans.
several shirts and undershirts, a good sweater and a coat or extra over for cool evenings.
*1 fresh set of travelling clothes for the trip home.
* camo rain suit or poncho
* 1 pair of warm mitts or gloves that are at least water repellent
* 1 pair of water proof hunting boots
* small hunting knife and meat bags if you are taking home cut and wrapped meat
* 1 stocking cap for cool rides in boats and a.t.v.'s
* thermos and camera and film(we supply bedding and beds)
* video camera, battery charger and device to display on TV,. via VCR or direct
* personal toiletries ,shaving kit, etc.
* extra duffel bag for transporting meat and or trophies
* flashlight or headlamp and replacement batteries-compact light binoculars (optional)
* medium to large sized and quiet day pack for all that "stuff"
* for bugs bring insect repellent with high (at least 90%) deet content or a thermocell, a headnet (I prefer one without the built in hat because you can store it in your pocket) and light gloves
* sunglasses, suncreen and lipsill.

Hunting clothing
If you are hunting with a rifle you will need a complete outer suit of solid white ( no skyline camo) and a hat of either red or orange. This suit should be of a soft quiet material, sweat suits work well here. They are cheap and are two-piece. Try Cabella's. Whatever you choose should be loose fitting. If you are hunting archery or muzzle-loader you can hunt in full camo(except if you have a rifle in the stand for protection then you must wear white--makes sense, eh?). Bear hunters to wear a red or crimson jacket.

* a soft case for transporting your gun or bow from camp to the hunting area. The suit, hat and case are required by law
* Bring the gun or bow that you shoot the best and get in alot of practice in the month before your trip.
* Your rifle should be at least a 270 or larger. You should be capable of a 6 inch group at 100 yards. Hand guns are illegal. Don't bring them!
* wide mouth plastic bottle with screw-on lid for urinating in while in a stand. Big bears can be very sensitive to smell.

Archery
If you are hunting with a bow I recommend at least a 55# draw and efficient broadheads. You should be capable of a 5 inch group at 25 yards.

Whatever broadhead you choose to bring make sure you can shoot it accurately. Although your 3 D test will be with field points we will have a block for testing broadheads. Do bring dull broadheads just for this.

A five-point safety harness in good condition is required for all tree stand hunters, NO EXCEPTIONS! We have these in camp.
 

 

Pre-trip prep schedule
1. 3 to 6 months before your trip book your airline tickets. Schedule them so that you arrive in Saskatoon early (before 3pm) on Sunday . Schedule your departures for Saturday. Call Uniglobe in Saskatoon at 800 565 6562 to make your
reservations or Travel with Guns at 866-421-7166. There are special contract fares for both North West and Air Canada that are available from only a few travel agencies.

2. If your travel plans involve a stay in Saskatoon I would recommend the following properties.
* The Saskatoon Inn 306 242 -1440 www.saskatoon.com
* Travelodge 1 -800-255-3050 or 306 242-8881  www.travelodgesaskatoon.com

ASK FOR THEIR OUTFITTER RATE

3.  ALL VISITORS TO CANADA HAVE TO HAVE A VALID PASSPORT. HAVE  YOUR PASSPORT WITH YOU WHEN YOU GET TO THE AIRPORT AND DO NOT ATTEMPT TO BRING INTO CANADA MORE ALCOHOL OR TOBACCO PRODUCTS THAN YOU ARE ALLOWED. IF YOU HAVE A CRIMINAL RECORD, EVEN A DUI, YOU MAY BE REFUSED ENTRY. IF SO TELL ME IMMEDIATELY AND WE CAN ASSESS YOUR ADMISSABILITY INTO CANADA.

4. Firearms Registration:  See Firearms page

Note: Muzzle Loader Hunters you can not fly with Black Powder.  WE CAN BUY IT HERE.

 

Re-confirm all flights

The last few years have been hard ones for the airline industry and many airlines routinely change or cancel flights . Not all airlines or travel agencies will contact you if such changes are made. It is a very good idea to confirm your flight the night before your departure. This can usually be done online or by phone.

Getting to Camp (airport transport)
You can rent a vehicle from any car rental agency at the airport and drive to camp. Remember when talking to these agencies the currency will be in Canadian $. Budget has special deals for hunters you can call them at 306 244 7925 mention "SKOUTFIT" rate code and ask that your price be quoted with the 10%discount. ASK FOR THEIR OUTFITTER RATE

Camp arrivals and departures
Check ins at the lodge are as follows: arrive in camp after 1 PM on Sunday and depart camp by 10 AM Saturday.

Beverages
Safari River Outdoors does NOT provide alcohol for clients

Cash
Bring enough cash to cover tips, shells, and souvenirs.  We prefer cashier's checks for payment of balance due for the hunt. The best way for you to get canadian cash is to use your bank card at any automated teller in Canada .  Visa, Mastercard, and American Express are widely accepted in Canada.


Dogs
If you are thinking of bringing up a dog please contact me before hand. We have had trouble with some dogs and some owners! We still allow dogs but only under specific circumstances.

Fishing
If you are going to do some fishing we have the gear to do so. Please remember that fishing is a bonus for you. Bank fishing is $150 per day which includes gear, bait and license.
If you want to do a lot of fishing and want the guides to help please let me know ahead of time and we will arrange a boat and guided day for $400.

Cell Phones
We have cell coverage at the lodge and in over half of our bird hunting spots.

Gratuities
In Canada it is customary to tip staff on a fully guided trip; however as outfitters we feel a tip to our staff should reflect your overall experience. If you are happy with our staff performance and overall trip, then tip them accordingly. For reference sake a 10% tip for guides is about average . As for the cook anywhere from $50 to $100 per person per week is in the ball park. Again these are only guidelines based what on our clients have done in the past. Ultimately it is still your decision.


Game Prep
If you are planning on bringing birds home with you please note that a collapsable cooler is a great way to take them back. Please check with your airline to get current baggage restrictions and hotel for freezer space.

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