Archery Season in the Great Bear Wilderness

Archery begins the first week of September and centers primarily on elk hunting. The early season coincides with the elk’s mating season, a time when the bulls are bugling and busy gathering their cows. During the rut, bull elk are much more vocal and active that normal, which increases the likelihood of their being seen. For these early hunts, we typically bugle in many good bulls, concentrating on their wallows in the upper basins. Black bear season opens soon afterward and the bears are on the open hillsides, feeding heavily on huckleberries. Often, after bugling for elk in the mornings, we will find a nice perch and glass for black bears.

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