Oregon Bear Hunting

Oregon Hunting License = $172
Bear Tag = $16.50
Spring Bear application deadline is Feb 10
Fall Bear is OTC before Oct 2

Upfront Outfitters offers both Spring and Fall bear hunts in Oregon’s highest density black bear units. Both spring and fall hunts give you a great opportunity on successfully harvesting a record book bear. We hunt several units in the state for bears but Spring bear hunts are through a controlled draw only. Oregon limits non-residents to only 3% of the tags available in the draw. SW Oregon 700 series makes up several different GMU’s with the highest bear densities. It is situated between Interstate 5 and the Southern Oregon Coast in the Siskiyou and Coast Range mountains. Because of the heavy bear population they issue 4400 spring bear tags each year. There are tons of bears, tons of country and this is a guaranteed draw for non-residents. Spring season runs from April – May and Fall bear hunts start August 1st. During the fall season you can purchase a license over the counter.
If you are looking for a great Spring bear hunt we can produce great opportunities. Although the most common color we see is black, it is not unusual for bears in this region to have some color phase characteristics, including brown, cinnamon and blonde. All of our bear hunts are very exciting and 100% fair chase.


METHODS– BAITING AND/OR HOUNDS ARE NOT LEGAL! Most of the time our hunting methods will be dictated by food sources and weather conditions. Our preferred for hunting bears include calling, spot and stalk and glassing feeding areas. This gives us the best opportunity to look at the bear carefully and judge it before making a decision to harvest. Good optics and a lot of time spent using them is a very important element to a successful bear hunting trip. At certain times during the spring and fall hunts calling bears is extremely successful. Calling tends to work best on bears that we spot first but may not be able to get a good stalk on or just want to bring it close for a better shot or a bow setup. If you’ve ever wanted excitement you’ll get it when a bear disappears into the brush and starts charging to a call. 

TERRAIN – Most areas that we hunt spring and fall bears is very steep and brushy. Terrain and habitat vary greatly in a short distance. Depending on the location hunted expect to be surrounded by deep timbered canyons, creek drainages, swamps, and old logging clear-cuts. Many of these places are walk in only areas behind locked gates. We park and then we access the hunting areas on foot. We use old roads and trails to access as much of the area as possible and then hunt accordingly. 

LODGING- Will be conducted from a tent camp. From there we will hunt several different areas and spike out as needed for success. We will come back to the base camp every as needed for food, shower, dry clothes and a good night sleep. For the hardcore hunters, weather permitting, we can stay overnight in hammocks or small spike camps deep into elk territory.

AVAILABILITY and BOOKING- All hunts are available on a first come basis. To ensure quality and success, our clientele will be a maximum of 4 hunters (either one hunter per guide or two hunters per guide) per week, per camp, unless there are more in a private group.

DEPOSITS- All hunts require a 25% non refundable deposit at the time of booking unless other arrangements are made. Hunts booked within 6 months of the hunt start require a 50% Deposit. The hunt balance is due 30 days prior to the hunt. We accept money orders, cashier checks, personal checks, Visa, MasterCard and Discover. We also accept ATM debit cards. Unfortunately we will no longer accept personal checks for final payments unless made prior to the 30 day deadline
LICENSING – Spring bear hunts are conducted by a controlled draw in the state of Oregon. Applications must be submitted before Feb 10 for spring hunts with results posted on Feb. 20th. Because there are more tags available than the number of non-residents applying Non-residents were guaranteed a tag in the 2019 draw. If you would like to hunt spring bear with us I will assist you in applying for the draw to ensure your application is submitted correctly. Fall bear tags can be purchased anytime prior to Oct 2.
ADDITIONAL PRICING INFORMATION All Oregon Bear Hunts include food, lodging, trophy preparation, guide service, and transportation while in camp, airport pickup can be arranged for an additional charge of $300. Price does not include tags or license, state tax, taxidermy, meat processing, transportation to camp, or gratuities toward your Bear Hunting Guide.

2020 Spring Black Bear Hunting Dates – 5 day hunt
•April 15- May 31 (Application deadline is February 10, 2020)
•Two hunters one guide $3,550 per person

•One hunter one guide $4,950 per person
Oregon Spring Bear is now a controlled hunt. First-come, first-serve SW Oregon bear tags are no longer allowed.

2020 Regular Fall Season Black Bear Hunting Dates
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•Open Season – Western Oregon August 1 – December 31st
•Open Season – Eastern Oregon August 1 – November 30
•Two hunters one guide $3,550 per person

•One hunter one guide $4,950 per person