Venku | Washington DIY Bear Hunts

Washington DIY Bear Hunts

Colville, WA

Accommodates
1 to 5
Pet-Friendly
Kid-Friendly
Handicapped Accessible

Your Experience

Guided, Semi-Guided, Unguided, and DIY Options

Washington is a bear hunter's paradise. The bear population has been estimated as high as 30,000, one of the highest in the lower 48 states. There are so many bears, you can buy two tags over the counter. About 50% of the bear where you will be hunting are color phase bear, so you could hunt for two different color phase on the same hunt.

Hundreds of successful bear hunts confirm that we are one of the most experienced and successful bear hunting outfitters in the business. These are spot and stalk bear hunts using the advantage of natural food sources and our extensive knowledge of bear habits. Spring permits are a draw, but for hunters who do draw them, your odds of success are three to four times higher if you hunt with us.

With high bear numbers, various colors phases, over the counter tags, reasonable pricing, the option to hunt a second bear, and the hunts are not physically demanding, this is about as good as it gets for spot & stalk bear hunting.

DIY Hunt
This is a Do-It-Yourself unguided hunt. Save hundreds in fuel and wasted time trying to find good hunting areas. Increase your odds of success, with our marked map you drive straight to good hunting areas and hunt on your own as long as needed.Hunting Areas

Hunting Area
We hunt in northeast Washington close to Idaho and British Columbia, Canada. Harvest records show more bear taken many years in this region than in other regions of Washington. It's easy to come and hunt this area, you don't have the hassle of crossing the border and dealing with customs to go on a Canadian bear hunt.

Hunting Methods
One of the most effective bear hunting methods is sitting and glassing mountain berry patches for feeding bear. Sometimes bear are spotted at close range so you can shoot when the bear is first spotted and other times bear are spotted at long distance and hunters try to stalk closer. It really gets exciting when a bear is so close in the brush that you can hear him eating but you have to wait for a clear shot. Bow hunters usually watch game trails or waterholes for close range shots.
If the thought of sitting over a bear bait pile doesn't sound appealing and you want to feel like you really earned your bear, this might be the right hunt, give us a call. This bear hunt is perfect for the bear hunter looking for a truly challenging bear hunt. Once you've hunted bear this way, you will likely want to do it again.

Shot Opportunity
Shot opportunity on the fall guided bear hunts usually runs 50% to 80% but we've had years with 100% opportunity. Our guided spring bear hunts have been 80% to 100% most years. Unguided hunters average about half the success of guided hunts. Shooting distances vary from 10 yards to 200+ yards. Sight your rifle dead on at 200 yards. Bow hunters should practice for 10 to 50 yard shots.

Trophy Quality
Hides are best in the spring or after chilly fall nights cause the fur to thicken in September. Roughly 50% of bear taken are off color, so there's a reasonable chance of taking a brown, blonde, or cinnamon color phase bear. There is an option to hunt a second bear after you get your first bear. Most bear weigh from 100 to 300 pounds and measure from 5 to 6 feet. Some of the larger bear have weighed from 300 to 550 pounds and measured 6 to 7 feet. Fall bear have about the same size skin as spring bear but are about 50% heavier than spring bear that have recently come out of hibernation.

Seasons
Fall: Opens August 1st and is best in August and September.
Spring: Open from mid-April to mid-June. Permits are a draw. May and June are the best months in this season.

Accommodations
The facilities are only 10 to 60 minutes from most hunting areas. Enjoy meals in the lodge, a pool table in the den, indoor bathrooms, bunk beds in the cabins, and a lighted game cleaning area with water for cleanup. Groups can be accommodated.

Non-Hunters are included in Additional Costs below.

What's Included

Reliable Map of Hunting Grounds

Accommodations

Opportunity for 2 Trophy Bears

Your Host

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Dale, Tara, and the team enjoy swapping stories and getting to know each hunter. Regardless of your physical ability or prior experience, they can provide the right hunt and accommodations for your needs and will work hard to provide the best experience possible.

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Dale, Tara, and the team enjoy swapping stories and getting to know each hunter. Regardless of your physical ability or prior experience, they can provide the right hunt and accommodations for your needs and will work hard to provide the best experience possible.

Colville, WA

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Rules & Guidelines

Licenses
Hunters of any age can purchase fall bear hunting licenses over the counter, spring hunts are by draw only, apply in February. First time hunters may apply for a one time deferral from the Hunter Ed requirements. All other hunters must have Hunter Ed if born after Jan 1, 1972. License & tag fees for a resident adult are $24, all youth under 16 are $13, nonresident adults are $222, nonresident disabled vets are $24.

What’s Not Included
Meat processing, taxidermy, licenses, guide gratuities, and other items not listed as being included. Bring your personal gear and sleeping bag.

Driving Directions
Follow Interstate 90 to Spokane, exit on Hwy 395 and follow 70 miles north to Colville, then take Hwy 20 east about 3 miles to us.

Taxidermy and Meat Processing
Both services are available locally, meat processing is usually done in a day or two, or you can transport your trophy and carcass home.

Check In:

10:00 PM

Check Out:

04:00 PM

Licenses
Hunters of any age can purchase fall bear hunting licenses over the counter, spring hunts are by draw only, apply in February. First time hunters may apply for a one time deferral from the Hunter Ed requirements. All other hunters must have Hunter Ed if born after Jan 1, 1972. License & tag fees for a resident adult are $24, all youth under 16 are $13, nonresident adults are $222, nonresident disabled vets are $24.

What’s Not Included
Meat processing, taxidermy, licenses, guide gratuities, and other items not listed as being included. Bring your personal gear and sleeping bag.

Driving Directions
Follow Interstate 90 to Spokane, exit on Hwy 395 and follow 70 miles north to Colville, then take Hwy 20 east about 3 miles to us.

Taxidermy and Meat Processing
Both services are available locally, meat processing is usually done in a day or two, or you can transport your trophy and carcass home.

Check In:

10:00 PM

Check Out:

04:00 PM

Additional Costs

  • Non-Hunter

    $550.00

    Each

Non-refundable Deposit

Please note that there is a 50% non-refundable deposit included with your booking fee. In case of cancellation, and in accordance with the Host's cancellation policy, the remaining 50% may be returned to you or applied towards rescheduling a future trip.

What to Bring

  • Licenses + Permits
  • Snacks + Drinks
  • Personal Gear
  • Sleeping Bag
  • Personal Items

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