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Elk*Deer*Bear*Turkey
Twisted Horn Outfitters
Brian Lewis 
Vancouver, WA 98663
Ph 360-624-5232

 
We are your premier Trophy Outfitter for Washington state. We simply go above and beyond to maintain the highest success rate in Washington for Trophy Hunts. Since the beginning we have kept our opportunity rate and kill rate at almost 100% in the field. Our passion for the outdoors is what separates us from our competitors. We come Highly recommended. Our client kills, testimonials, and as you can see for your self the trophy quality in our photo gallery truly separates us from any other outfitter in Washington State. 
Elk*Deer*Moose*Bear*
Big Horn Sheep*
Mtn Goat*Lion*Grouse
Salmon River Lodge
Norman Schenk
737 S. Capital Ave
Idaho Falls, ID 83402
Toll Free 1-800-635-4717
Local 208-552-2818
Cell 208-681-2088
Fax 208-227-9010
           
 
Elk
Pan Handle Outfitters
Tom Loder
12601 South Thunder Mountain
Valleyford, WA 99036
Ph 509-922-8289
Fax 509-922-8289
           
We look forward to sharing some of Idaho’s most productive trophy hunting with you. We hunt Elk, Deer (Mule and Whitetail), Black Bear, Mountain Lion, Moose, and incidental Predators, plus Blue, Spruce and Ruffed Grouse. We feature a Combination Elk and Deer Hunt at the price you would normally pay for just an Elk hunt. In addition the nonresident deer tag in my hunting areas can be utilized to take either a Mule Deer or Whitetail Deer or a Black Bear or a Mountain Lion instead of a Deer. In addition to an Elk on my hunt you have the choice of four other species.Our camps are located in rugged primitive country and road-less areas in Idaho’s Panhandle National Forest.
Elk*Deer
Upfront Outfitters
Mike Jenkins
673 Tauscher Road
Chehalis, WA 98532
Ph 360-560-7620
           
Washington State is home to almost every Western big game animal in the lower 48 states. Upfront Outfitters offers guided hunts for Roosevelt elk, Rocky Mountain elk, Blacktail deer, Mule deer, Whitetail deer, three species of turkeys as well as Shiras moose, and both California and Rocky mountain Bighorn sheep.Washington state has long been overlooked as a hunting destination of choice. With the abundance of wildlife and variety of tags available over the counter consider the many opportunities this state has to offer. There are many quality over the counter hunts to choose from in Washington state. When booking a guided hunt with Upfront Outfitters you can choose a guided hunt for Roosevelt elk, Blacktail deer, Whitetail deer, Mule deer, Black bear, or Turkey.
Elk*Deer*Bear*Mountain Goat
Three Peaks Outfitters
Scott & Michele Montgomery
1150 Masterson Road
Cle Elum, WA 98922
Ph 509-674-9661
           
From early September through November, we offer both guided hunts and drop camps. Three Peaks Outfitters will provide you with a quality experience. Harvested game is packed out at no additional charge, and hunts are available regardless of your weapon preference. Call us today to discuss your next hunt! If you want to hunt elk, think of Cle Elum! Rocky Mountain Elk were introduced into the Cle Elum area in the 1920s from the Yellowstone herd in Wyoming. These are special draw hunts for branch antlered bulls and the areas we guide in are the Teanaway, Taneum and Manashtash.
Elk*Deer*Bear*Cougar
Gray Wolf Outfiters
Glen Cantwell
12224 Central Valley Road N.E.
Poulsbo, WA 98370
Ph 888-248-5066
           
You can pick from an overnight to a 5 day trip. All you need to bring is your personal gear including sleeping bag. We'll provide everything else including the tent. With the larger groups we'll add another cook and/ or wrangler. We do the Dutch oven cooking for cowboy breakfasts and dinners. Entree's such as chicken enchiladas, filet mignon and prime rib. With this trip you decide whether you will stay overnight or up to 5 days. You provide the food and do the cooking and feed the wrangler. That way I can do the horse chores a little quicker and enjoy your culinary delights.
Elk*Deer*Bear*Mountain Goat
Chinook Pass Outfitters
Paul Wilson
10821 Old Naches Highway
Naches, WA 98937
Ph 800-726-3631
Ph 509-653-2633
          
 Our exclusive hunting territory includes three big-game management areas ... GMU 346-352-356 ... all prime hunting. We've got the trophy-class elk and deer, and we have the necessary skills to give you a better chance. About all you have to bring is a good attitude and some stalking and shooting skills. (Also, try to bring ideal weather conditions with you.) Any honest outfitter or guide will tell you that the weather is the key. That's one thing we don't control. It may interest you to know that the state of Colorado, Dept. of Fish and Wildlife, did an extensive study to determine the hunting success ratios of guided elk hunters vs. those who hunted on their own.
Elk*Deer*Bear*Turkey
Western Life Outfitters
Dave & Sas Waldron
8 Fairgrounds Road
Pomeroy, WA 99347
Ph 877-251-8535
Ph 509-843-1535
           
 Summer pack trips are enjoyed by folks of any age. Great for families or a group of friends. Standard trips are from 2 to 5 days. However, we can build a trip compatible with your wishes. You will ride one of our gentle mountain horses or hike, if you prefer. You’ll travel on trails along ridge tops, through open meadows, and treed draws along side mountain streams. There is a variety of wildlife in the Blue Mountains and the open hillsides abound with wild flowers.
   
FISHING

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Steelhead*Salmon*Bass
Magnum Outfitters
P.O. Box 2256
Orofino, Idaho 83544
Ph 208-476-5983
Fax 815-550-1108
           
Whether you are coming for the mighty steelhead or salmon in the Clearwater, retrace the Lewis & Clark Trail, water ski on Dworshak Reservoir or just passing through on the beautiful scenic byway, the Riverside Motel is your place for a restful, comfortable sleep. We offer you a home away from home while you enjoy the all that this area has, in both indoor and outdoor activities. Where else can you walk across the road to watch mighty B-Run steelhead roll as they return to their spawning ground, see deer grazing on the lawn and maybe even watch a majestic bald eagle as they glide down to catch fish. Riverside Motel has accommodations to meet the needs of any traveler.
Steelhead*Salmon
Salmon River Lodge
Norman Schenk
737 S. Capital Ave
Idaho Falls, ID 83402
Toll Free 1-800-635-4717
Local 208-552-2818
Cell 208-681-2088
Fax 208-227-9010
           
 
Trout*Steelhead
Pan Handle Outfitters
Tom Loder
12601 South Thunder Mountain
Valleyford, WA 99036
Ph 509-922-8289
Fax 509-922-8289
           
Few  realize that the remnant populations of cutthroat are now only found in less than 2% of our western rivers. Panhandle Outfitters will guide you back to the days of Lewis & Clark where you can still experience wild native cutthroat. If continuos dry-fly action is your pleasure it's the trademark of these prized fish. Idaho's St. Joe is nationally classified as a Wild and Scenic. Home to the westslope cutthroat this freestone  offers some of the highest quality and most scenic walk and wade in the west.
Steelhead
Fishy Expeditions
Mike Ward
37 Dearborn River Road
Cascade, MT 59421
Phone 406-459-5583
           
We aim to get you fish and teach you techniques that will make you better. From all skill levels our qualified guides will be able to show you where the fish are and instruct you on how to get them to the net. We offer full service guided Fly trips on a variety of rivers in both Montana and Washington State.
Drift Boat
*Walk In Trips*
Steelhead*Trout
*Bass*Salmon
First Light Guide Service
Mike Ainsworth
           
From the Hoh river to the Columbia river, let Mike Ainsworth guide you to the catch of a lifetime. Whether it's trout on the Yakima, steelhead on the Sol Duc, salmon on the Satsop, or even bass in many of Washington's lakes or rivers, Mike knows where and how to fish.  If it's your first time casting a fly rod or you're a fly  looking to chase bass, Mike can help you with the experience you are looking for. Kids are welcome and encouraged to come on trips. 
Fishing*Boat Rentals
Whistlin' Pine Ranch and Sawtooth Outfitters
Brian Varrelman
Box 284
Pateros, WA98846
Ph 509-923-2548
           
It was hunting grounds for nomadic indian tribes. Miners and trappers passed through the Alta Coulee south of the lake in search of pelt and valuable gem & ore. In the early 1900's, homesteaders settled in the area to scratch the ground for farming. Ranching & livestock came to Alta Lake when my dad bought the land from a homesteader in 1944
Salmon*Steelhead*Sturgeon
Fish-On Guide Services
Wade Erickson
17107 West Lake Goodwin Road
Stanwood, WA 98292
Ph 360-652-2359
           
All of our trips will include when to, how to, where to, and why to use different types of gear for walk-in or boat.  We do ALL types of trips, boonedoggling, plugs, spoons, spinners, bait, fly, drift  as well as plunking. It is always our goal to learn what we can and pass it on to you, so you can be more productive on your own trips
Steelhead
Chinook Pass Outfitters
Paul Wilson
10821 Old Naches Highway
Naches, WA 98937
Ph 800-726-3631
Ph 509-653-2633
          
We've got some pretty good trips available in the high lakes and streams. Your  trip may be a day trip to one lake or stream, or a progressive trip where we travel to more than one lake or stream over a few days.
Float Tubes
Three Peaks Outfitters
Scott & Michele Montgomery
1150 Masterson Road
Cle Elum, WA 98922
Ph 509-674-9661
           
Whether you are looking for a weekend with friends or an extended adventure,  trip hits the spot. We have some of the best alpine trips in the Northwest. Come fish our pristine lakes, rivers and streams for robust trout, including Western Slope Cutthroat, Brook and Rainbow. These experience little pressure, and it is not uncommon to catch 20 or more fish in an hour!
Steelhead*Sturgeon*Bass
Beamers Hells Canyon Tours
Jim & Jill Koch
Box 1243
Lewiston, ID 83501
Ph 800-522-6966
Ph 509-748-4800
Fax 509-758-3643
           
Rustic wilderness with the comforts of home - that's what's in store at our Copper Creek Lodge, 70 miles upriver and deep in the wilds of Hells Canyon. Swim and sun at the river's edge, explore the back country on nature trails, or snooze in the shade of the Trees of Heaven. Savor the serenity of nighttime in Hells Canyon where the moon and stars are jewels on black velvet. When morning comes, welcome the mule deer who come to graze at your doorstep.
Trout*Steelhead*Bass*Float Trips
Dreams on the Fly
Dave Tucker
Box 638
Parma, ID 83660
Ph 208-861-2853
           
 
We have been professionally guiding for trophy browns and rainbows on the Owyhee River, since 2003.  Located in a high desert canyon, just 50 miles from Boise, Idaho.  We fish the Owyhee year round with the exception of Oct. & Nov. when they spawn. The vast smorgasbord of insects provide the food source for the abundant trout  population.  Not only are there great numbers of fish, but also great numbers of large ones.  The average size of the brown trout are 17-21 inches with a few monsters at 2 feet plus
   
   

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Wildwater Tours
Rod Amundson, President
P.O. Box 3623
Federal Way, WA 98063-3623
Toll-Free 1-800-522-WILD (9453)
Ph 253-939-2151
Fax 253-939-3337
           
An intense educational adventure down the whitewater rapids of Wenatchee and Toutle Rivers. A uniquely wild adventure paddling down the Class IV-V Skykomish. If any of these sound appealing, you can experience it all on a Wildwater Tours whitewater or float trip. Wildwater River's white water trips in Washington State – only a few hours from Seattle - offers adventure on some of the wildest rivers in the country as well as relaxing, scenic float trips in the calmest bodies of water. And if you’re serious enough to become a commercial guide, we can help you achieve that goal, too.

Salmon River Lodge
Norman Schenk
737 S. Capital Ave
Idaho Falls, ID 83402
Toll Free 1-800-635-4717
Local 208-552-2818
Cell 208-681-2088
Fax 208-227-9010
           
 

River Drifters
PO Box 40
405 Deschutes Ave
Maupin, OR. 97037
Ph 800-972-0430
          
Washington State has some of the finest opportunities in the country. Drifters offers trips on three spectacular rivers in Washington. Whether you are on a family vacation, a corporate retreat or a group of adrenaline seekers, Drifters has a fun and affordable experience for you. From the thundering rapids and beautiful scenery of an early seaon Wind trip, to the Summertime beauty with a ten foot Husum Falls on the White Salmon, or even the Springtime isolated treat on the the Klickitat River, there is a perfect adventure for you.

Pangaea Whitewater River Rafting
David Lawrence
18 S. Fork Nemote Creek Road
Superior, MT 59872
Ph 877-239-2392
Ph 406-239-2392
           
The Clark Fork has it all, including Pangaea's legendary gourmet lunch (baked red potatoes, flamed seared chicken breasts and fresh salad greens served buffet style on with tons of fresh toppings). Enjoy history, scenery, geology and the memories of a lifetime on a Whitewater Trip, Easy Scenic Float, Wine Tasting Trip, Geocaching Float or a Team Building experience.

River Rider, Inc
Jim Behla
Box 666
Leavenworth, WA 98826
Ph 800-448-7238
Ph 509-548-4575
Fax 801-749-5224
           
Our guides, the most experienced in Washington, create a relaxed atmosphere with their personal touch & witty sense of humor. Our gourmet lunch features now famous  Recipes", and our weekend catered BBQ is fantastic!So come join...it's a blast! The Best  Expeditions in Washington State!

River Recreation
Don Martin
Box 2124
Bothell, WA 98041
Ph 800-464-5899
           
 Between the intense training and experience, this dynamic group of river professionals is known to be one of the most respected professional whitewater outfitters in Washington State and the Pacific Northwest. From beginner to return clients, Recreation proudly offers a variety of class I, II, III, class IV and class V Whitewater adventures. Come experience an unparallel part of Washington State tourism on one of the nine rivers offered by Recreation. We offer trips near Seattle, Tacoma, Portland, Bellingham, Everett, Leavenworth, Wenatchee and in Eastern Washington.

Osprey Rafting & Ski Shop
Gary Planagan
9342 Icicle Road
Leavenworth, WA 98826
Ph 800-743-6269
           
Osprey Company is Leavenworth Washington’s most dynamic company. Osprey has been providing fun and excitement for our guests for over 20 years. We are conveniently located in Leavenworth, Washington on the Wenatchee. Stop on by if you are in town, check out our exciting  trips or The Ski Shop at Osprey during the fall and winter months. Our friendly staff would enjoy it if you stopped by for a visit.We are Wenatchee specialists spending most of our rafting season on the Wenatchee making us the best company to give you the first class experience you are looking for. 

Beamers Hells Canyon Tours
Jim & Jill Koch
Box 1243
Lewiston, ID 83501
Ph 800-522-6966
Ph 509-748-4800
Fax 509-758-3643
           
Jet boat from Heller Bar Lodge to the Washington-Oregon border where you can relax on a beautiful white sandy beach on the banks of the Snake. We provide an inflatable kayak, life jacket and paddles and let you shoot the rapids from Bear Bar back to Heller Bar Lodge. It is approximately 9 miles featuring Deer head and Wild Goose rapids.
   
Wahington Outfitters
Wahington Outfitters
Wahington Outfitters
Hiking*Back Packing*Camping
Salmon River Lodge
Norman Schenk
737 S. Capital Ave
Idaho Falls, ID 83402
Toll Free 1-800-635-4717
Local 208-552-2818
Cell 208-681-2088
Fax 208-227-9010
           
 
Hiking*Back Packing
Whistlin' Pine Ranch and Sawtooth Outfitters
Brian Varrelman
Box 284
Pateros, WA98846
Ph 509-923-2548
           
 

See the traces of old mining activity and the hearty efforts of man as they carved dangerous switchbacks up the face of steep mountains. The lure and promise of precious metals caused men to take high risks...many ill-fated. See the effects of the forces of nature as parts of mountains lie in the wake of glacier activity several thousand years ago. See it all from the back of ranch raised horses proven safe & reliable for first time riders

   
   
Trail Rides*Horse Pack Trips*Horse Rentals
Salmon River Lodge
Norman Schenk
737 S. Capital Ave
Idaho Falls, ID 83402
Toll Free 1-800-635-4717
Local 208-552-2818
Cell 208-681-2088
Fax 208-227-9010
           
Wagon Dinner Trips*
Horseback Rides
*Guide School
Western Life Outfitters
Dave & Sas Waldron
8 Fairgrounds Road
Pomeroy, WA 99347
Ph 877-251-8535
Ph 509-843-1535
           
Summer pack trips are enjoyed by folks of any age. Great for families or a group of friends. Standard trips are from 2 to 5 days. However, we can build a trip compatible with your wishes. You will ride one of our gentle mountain horses or hike, if you prefer. You’ll travel on trails along ridge tops, through open meadows, and treed draws along side mountain streams. There is a variety of wildlife in the Blue Mountains and the open hillsides abound with wild flowers.
 Pack Trips*Horseback Riding
Whistlin' Pine Ranch and Sawtooth Outfitters
Brian Varrelman
Box 284
Pateros, WA98846
Ph 509-923-2548
           

Whistlin' Pine Ranch, from the 1 hour to the full day excursion, offer guests a true sense of actually going somewhere and seeing the geology of the glacier cut valley known as the "Alta Coulee." At times you'll be riding on a historic freight & stage line road, where over 100 years ago supplies and passengers were moved through this valley. Listen closely and you can almost hear the crack of bullwhips, the pounding of hoofbeats and the creak of a coach...pass right below us.

Day Rides*Pack Trips
Gray Wolf Outfiters
Glen Cantwell
12224 Central Valley Road N.E.
Poulsbo, WA 98370
Ph 888-248-5066
           
You can pick from an overnight to a 5 day trip. All you need to bring is your personal gear including sleeping bag. We'll provide everything else including the tent. With the larger groups we'll add another cook and/ or wrangler. We do the Dutch oven cooking for cowboy breakfasts and dinners. Entree's such as chicken enchiladas, filet mignon and prime rib.
Trail Rides
Chinook Pass Outfitters
Paul Wilson
10821 Old Naches Highway
Naches, WA 98937
Ph 800-726-3631
Ph 509-653-2633
            
 
 
We know you work hard for your money so we don't soak ya for a ride. We offer the most unique, highest quality experience of a lifetime.  This isn't your typical 'beach horse ride' that many experience.  Our livestock is working livestock.  Come ride with the real cowboys...
Wagon Trains*Horseback Rides*Hay Rides
Happy Trails Horse Adventures
Jack Price
Box 32
Easton, WA 98925
Ph 509-656-2634
Fax 509-656-2753
           
ok a horse ride with us and prepare for adventure and a fun experience that other outfitters don’t deliver like we do.  If you’ve been disappointed by guided horse back rides where you saw little more then the rear of the horse in front of you, prepare to be delighted by a ranch that always focuses on providing a memorable experience.
Trail Rides*Pack Trips
High Country Outfitters
Debbie Gallie-Miller
1780 Nelson Siding Road
Cle Elum, WA 98922
Ph 888-235-0111
Fax 509-674-6852
           
 
Experience the thrill of crossing hills, farms and streams as we take our camp horses and mules up the unbelievable Teanaway river basin. Lead by High Country Outfitters professional outfitter guide service, we move stock from their spring pasture on the lower Teanaway Valley to the summer base camp near the headwaters of the North Fork Teanaway River. You will be shuttled to the starting point where the horses will be waiting. The days ride will take us up on to the Cle Elum Ridge to the first campsite at the Teanaway where will spend the first nigh
Trail Rides*Pack Trips
Three Peaks Outfitters
Scott & Michele Montgomery
1150 Masterson Road
Cle Elum, WA 98922
Ph 509-674-9661
           
If planning your trip wears you out before you even hit the trail, let us help! We take the hassle out of camping, taking care of all the details, from the tents and stoves to hearty meals, and everything in between. Our rustic camps allow for a true backcountry experience while providing comfort and incredible food. Regardless of your interests, overnight trips are perfect for getting back into touch with nature. Spend your time exploring the area, searching for wildlife or relaxing at camp. Whether you are a first-time camper or an experienced outdoorsman, you will enjoy your high-country adventure more with Three Peaks Outfitters doing the work!
   
   
   
   


Washington Hunting Outfitters and Guides Elk Facts

The bulk of the Roosevelt elk population in Washington  is 63,000. The Roosevelt Elk, also known as Olympic Elk or Wapiti, are the largest of the elk subspecies. Mature elk can weigh anywhere from 600 to 1,100 pounds (275 to 500kg) when mature, with a height at the shoulder up to 5 feet (150 cm). The Roosevelt Elk tend to be a deeper darker brown than the relatively smaller Rocky Mountain Elk, and have a darker mane and yellowish-brown rump. Roosevelt Elk tend to have narrower antlers than the Rocky Mountain elk, but usually have much more mass and height. The average length of a Roosevelt Elk is 8 feet, but mature bull elk have also been measured up to 10 feet. The Roosevelt Elk are located in the rain forests of the western Cascade Mountains, from northern California, Oregon, Washington, and into British Columbia, with the largest herd (about 5,000) being located in Olympic National Park in Washington State. Roosevelt Elk were also transplanted from the Olympic Peninsula to Afognak Island (Alaska) in 1929. The herd is now roughly 1,200 strong. The elk located on this particular island have also been known to weigh as much as 1,300 pounds (590 kg) mostly due to the abundance in their food supply. In the early 1900’s the Roosevelt Elk population plummeted to only about a dozen animals. Theodore Roosevelt, an avid hunter and an active contributor to wildlife conservation, created Olympic National Park (then called Mount Olympus National Monument) for future generations to enjoy and to provide protection for the Roosevelt Elk. Roosevelt Elk calves are usually born from mid-May to mid-June and weigh between 30 to 35 pounds at birth. Calves are born with spots which are gone by the end of summer. The calves are weaned from their mother’s milk at two months of age, leaving the comfort of their mother just before the breeding season begins in the next year.


Washington Hunting Outfitters and Guides Deer Facts

Black-tailed deer hunting is considered by many to be the ultimate deer hunting challenge. In this article, we'll cover the reasons hunting blacktails can be so challenging, the most effective and commonly used tactics for bagging blacktail bucks, the different tactics required for hunting blacktails in different terrain, and the all-important need for proper scouting. Blacktails are greatly outnumbered by whitetail and mule deer in North America. They have a narrow geographic range that hugs the Pacific coast from southeast Alaska down to northern California. Perhaps partly because of this narrow range, not a whole lot has been written about blacktail hunting when compared to the seemingly endless volumes on whitetail and mule deer. The blacktail deer is classified as a subspecies of the mule deer. However, they typically do not share the mule deer's love of wide open country. Their behavior is more like that of whitetails, although they do not follow consistent patterns like the whitetail. Often referred to as the "Ghost of the Pacific", the blacktail deer is an elusive creature. Most hunters who have gone after blacktail agree they are probably the most challenging of all North American big game animals. The good news is that in most blacktail deer country, their population density is very high, even though it doesn't seem that way because so few deer are spotted. And they have relatively small home ranges; although Oregon and California have black-tailed deer that are migratory, most blacktails deer spend their whole lives in an area no bigger than two square miles. The deer are there, and they don't wander far from home, so if you're willing to learn their secretive ways, and you're ambitious enough to put in your time, you just might be able to outsmart a blacktail deer buck.


Washington Hunting Outfitters and Guides Bear Facts

The statewide black bear population in Washington likely ranges between 25,000 and 30,000 animals. As human populations encroach on bear habitat, people and bear have greater chances of encountering each other. Bear usually avoid people, but when they do come into close proximity of each other, the bear strength and surprising speed make it potentially dangerous. Most confrontations with bear are the result of a surprise encounter at close range. All bear should be given plenty of respect and room to retreat without feeling threatened.  Black bear are omnivores. They eat both plants and animals; however, their diet consists mostly of vegetation. In the spring, black bear diets consist mostly of herbaceous plants, from emerging grasses and sedges to horsetail and various flowering plants. In summer, bears typically add ants, bees, grubs, and a host of later emerging plants to their diets. During late summer and fall, bear typically shift their diets toward tree fruits, berries, and nuts, but they still may consume a variety of plants. Fall is a critical season for black bear and they commonly acquire most of their annual fat accumulation at this time. Bear may forage up to 20 hours a day during fall, increasing their body weight by 35 percent in preparation for winter. Typically, a small proportion of the black bear annual diet is made up of animal matter, including insects, mice, voles, ground squirrels, fawns and elk calves, eggs, carrion (animal carcasses), and fish, but their availability varies and is often unpredictable. An occasional bear may take livestock. Black bear have adequate senses of sight and hearing, but their keen sense of smell and innate curiosity make them skilled scavengers. They consume carrion when they can find it, and are notorious for taking advantage of human irresponsibility with food, garbage, and bird-feeder management. Bear will eat anything that smells appealing and will help them prepare for their long winter sleep. Black bear move in response to the seasonal availability of food, roaming constantly throughout their home range. Black bear den during the winter months (typically from mid October into April) when food is scarce and the weather turns harsh.Black bear enter a state of torpor, a modified form of hibernation. This drowsy condition allows bears to defend themselves (and their cubs) more effectively should a predator visit the den. Bear do not urinate or defecate during denning—they recycle their waste into proteins and other nutrients. By not defecating, bears keep their dens essentially scent-free, protecting them from potential predators like cougars. Black bear in coastal areas may remain active throughout the winter, except for pregnant females, which den to give birth to cubs. Black bear can take up residence in small dens, some scarcely bigger than a garbage can. Den sites include tree cavities, hollow logs, small caves, and areas beneath large roots, stumps, logs, and rural buildings. They’ll occasionally excavate a den in the side of a hill near shrubs or other cover. Summer bear beds are merely concealed places scratched in the ground among dense vegetation, by a rock, or under the branches of a fallen tree. Young bear rest in trees for safety.
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