Dryden Black Bear Hunting


Rugby Lake Lodge is located 35 miles north of Dryden and 45 miles northeast of Vermilion Bay, Ontario. Their large Black Bear Management area has 30 baited stands, all at least 1 mile apart. They start baiting 6 weeks before the hunt to make sure the biggest bears keep coming back. Their BMA covers nothing but prime Black Bear Hunting territory. Bears in their area average around 250 pounds but every year hunting guests harvest Black Bears in the 350 to 450 pound range. Since owning the lodge they have had guests harvest truly magnificent trophy Black Bears pushing 500 pounds. They offer clean and comfortable lakefront housekeeping accommodations. They have hunting for Moose and Whitetail Deer as well as bear hunts.


Merkel's Camp is located on Wabigoon Lake between Dryden and Dinorwic and in heart of Ontario's best hunting. Their family built the lodge back in 1963 and continue to be the top hunting outfitter in the area. Their private 250 square mile bear management area ensures a high success rate. They are the only outfitter in Ontario that baits bears at the stands for 2 years before your hunt. Not only does this giver their hunting guests a 100% success rate, bear hunters are always harvest Black bears in the 275 to 500 pound range. Not many Black Bear outfitters in Ontario can claim that. They have 5 housekeeping lakefront cottages and are not far from their hunting areas.


Sandy Point Camp is located on Kawashegamuk Lake, which is between Dryden and Ignace, Ontario and in the deep wilderness. They have outstanding hunting for Black Bear, Moose, Grouse and Whitetail Deer. Their bear management area is large and very productive. Their guests enjoy a high success rate.


Bonny Bay Camp is located on the north shore of Wabigoon Lake between Dryden and Dinorwick. They have a brand new 250 square mile Black Bear Management area that has never been hunted before and it's full of big old trophy male Black Bears with a few that have been seen by their scouts that were well over 500 pounds. They have gone to no expense setting up this new BMA and have built ladder and platform stands at strategic areas where the bears are moving through. This is a great chance to hunt virgin territory in the remote wilderness of Northwestern Ontario. Accommodations are in big well-built and modern housekeeping cottages on Wabigoon Lake.


Indian Point Camp is located on Wabigoon Lake, which is just southwest of Dryden Ontario, and in the center of some of the best Black Bear hunting in Ontario. Their bear hunt takes place in WMU 8 and Indian Point hunting guests have a 250 square mile bear management area (BMA) to their own exclusive use. Bear hunters have a 100% sighting rate. Black Bears are common in the 150 to 350 pound range but on occasion bears over 500 pounds get harvested. The harvest rate could be higher but many hunting guests return every year and pass on smaller bears because they know there is a great chance of seeing a big trophy. Their hunt is housekeeping.


Anishinabi Lodge is a fly-in hunting and fishing lodge north of Vermilion Bay, west of Ear Falls and northwest of Dyden. The main lodge is on an island at the south end of Anishinabi Lake and they have two remote outpost camps at the north end of the lake. Black Bear Hunting is a time honored family tradition at Anishinabi Lodge. Their BMA is in a hilly area northwest of Vermilion Bay where there are lots of bears and big bears. The Black Bears in their area average around 200 pounds so guests waiting for the bigger bears usually harvest bears between 250 and 350 pounds. Black Bear over 400 pounds do get harvested on occasion with the largest Black Bear in recent years being a monster 453 pounds. They have baited stands set up for archery / Bow hunters as well as rifle and Black Powder hunters. Their success rate is usually between 80% and 90%. They have beautiful lakefront log cabin cottages, which are fully equipped for housekeeping. They have a main lodge and can offer American Plan with prior notice.

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