As the month of April approaches, all of us warm blooded mammals get spring fever as we exit our winter dens to take advantage of the invigorating power of sunshine, mild temperatures, green landscapes and a sense of renewal in the great outdoors!

Bear hunting season is no exception and Mackay Bar Outfitters are busy clearing trails to make way for a robust season of new and return guests who love Idaho’s peaceful and unique Salmon River back country nestled along the Frank Church “River of No Return” Wilderness areas.

Our Idaho Spring Bear hunting starts April 15th and goes until June 30th.

Bear hunting with Mackay Bar Outfitters and Guest Ranch is likely one of the most versatile bear hunts in North America.

We offer 4 different kinds of bear hunts:

  • Spot and Stalk
  • Bait
  • Boat and Glass
  • Running with the hounds

In our area each of these can be very successful hunts. Glassing from the boat and bait are probably the least physical, then spot and stalk and the most extreme bear hunt, chasing bears with hounds.

Hunters familiar with bear habitats near Mackay Bar understand that of all places in the world, the versatile color phase bears are especially indigenous to this geographic area along the shores of the Salmon River Back Country in the Frank Church Wilderness.   Blonde bears, tan bears, red or cinnamon bears, and black bears are prolific in this area, and are indicative of the early stages of bear life.   One might observe  bears moving into their adult stages of life where blonde tips of the bears shoulders are the last remnants of their juvenile phase.

While bears are carnivorous mammals that feed on their warm blooded prey, bears exit their winter hibernation largely as omnivores.   Along the shores of the Salmon River, temperatures are mild and the grasses begin to grow much earlier than in the higher elevations of the Rocky Mountains.   Bears spend time along the shores of the Salmon River consuming these grasses and tender shoots of various plant life to help them expel what is known as a gut plug or “stomach plug” that forms in their digestive tract during their hibernation period.  In addition, rich nutrients consumed through an omnivorous diet of plants help bears to shake off their winter nap, super energizing their vitality to forage, travel, bear their young and survive during the spring, summer and fall seasons as their active cycles take them to higher elevations when the heat of summer turns on.

If you’re planning a bear hunting adventure with family or friends and are seeking the kind of memorable experience you won’t find anywhere else in the world, contact Mackay Bar Ranch to ask questions, learn more about our unique 2 Unit Bear Hunting Grounds, and take the plunge to experience Idaho’s stunning back country landscapes for your bear hunting adventures.

Contact Mackay Bar Outfitters to learn more about our Units and book your Bear Hunt to reserve the timeframe that works best for  your busy schedule.

You’ll need an Idaho Hunting License plus a bear tag.   Idaho Fish and Game reduces the price of a second bear tag for those who would like to buy two.

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