OVER 20 CLUB!
A first for the
After taking a 201/2
this gent 'surrendered' his bow!!
What should a prospective bear hunter consider when he looks
for an outfitter? First, are there big bears in his area?
The word BIG is a relative term. Big means bears that are
built low to the ground, bears whose ears are tiny, bears
with huge butts. Big means bears that will make a fine rug,
or a head-mount that demands attention. BIG means book - Boone
and Crockett or Pope and Young.
K.C.'s Outfitting has a superb black bear area. Over 2000
square miles of prime habitat that offers something special
- almost no competition from other hunters. Our bears grow
old - anyone who knows bears understands that BIG bears are
at least five to seven years old, preferably older.
Then the hunter should find out how the outfitter conducts
his hunts. How many baited stands are being operated? What
kind of bait, how is it being presented? How many stands or
blinds are available, what styles, how long are the shooting
K.C.'s Outfitting WORKS at bear baiting. Nothing is left
to chance, we take baiting very serious. We use proven baits
and have a "secret" - LOTS. Bear bait has to be
attractive and in our opinion, nutritious. We don't put out
bait in hopes that the bears will come to it. We have developed
a baiting routing that gives the animals what they want, when
they want it.
We put the same importance on stand placement. Our custom
made ladder-stands are comfortable and positioned for optimum
concealment and shooting opportunity. Every stand has been
evaluated, our stands are proven - period. Whether you hunt
with a firearm or bow, our guides will put you in the "right"
Why are bears hunted over bait?
The primary reason is so that the hunter can positively
identify the sex of the animal, since sows with cubs are protected.
A second reason is to optimize the opportunity for a lethal
shot so that the animal is killed quickly. From a hunter's
viewpoint the opportunity to see a variety of bears is also
a great experience.
During his quest the hunter should also check into client
services such as accommodations, transportation, handling
of the trophies, and one of the most important - food and
Let's start with the good stuff first - Judy's cooking.
Home cooked meals - only better! Judy's years of running a
café have created a menu that has to be tasted to be
appreciated. Beware, you may very well have to loosen your
belt a bit before you return home. K.C.'s Outfitting has a unique
lodge that combines rustic country living with all the comforts
of home. Transportation is also very important and we operate
a variety of vehicles that guarantee access in any weather,
to the most remote corners of our hunting area. We use 4x4
trucks, 4x4 ATV's and our secret weapon - the Holme-r-r-r.
Let's face it, there are a lot of good bear areas in North
America. And there are some very good bear outfitters. Southeast
Manitoba has some of the biggest bears in North America and
K.C.'s Outfitting is committed to providing the highest quality
hunts for our clients. Our success is confirmed by the high
percentage of repeat clients that we book every year, and
by the wonderful friendships that develop from our hunts.
How does a hunting day unfold? What do I need to know about
hunting with K.C.'s Outfitting?
Ken and his guides start baiting about a month before the
hunting season begins. Each bait site is monitored two or
three times per week. This kind of attention provides essential
information as to how many, what size and what color of bears
are hitting baits. Ken actually varies the contents of the
bait as feeding preferences change during the season. We are
not talking throwing out fish-guts and calling that baiting!
Ken conducts a short seminar before the hunts begin. He
explains rules and regulations that apply, and discusses essential
topics such as shot placement. The guides take the hunters
out to the stands in late afternoon. Ken prefers that the
hunter is driven right to the stand so that he is in position
with a minimum of walking and un-natural disturbance. He reasons
that most bears are used to the noise of the ATV's and might
even associate the sounds with the re-plennishing of the bait
The hunter stays in the comfortable 16 foot ladder stands
until evening, at which time he is picked up right at the
stand. Each hunter is provided a walkie-talkie so that he
can contact his guide when he takes his trophy. The guide
will retrieve the bear and load it onto a special sled. Bears
are taken to the main camp where they are skinned and processed
in a special building. K.C.'s Outfitting has freezer facilities
to ensure the safe preservation of both the hide and also
the meat. Ken assures that no meat is wasted since many local
people enjoy bear meat, as do most of the clients.