Ontario Black Bear By Bow

Photo of a possible new Canadian record for black bear taken with a bow.

Tom a friend and  fellow hunter bow hunter, who also happens to be an awesome hunting guide and outfitter stopped by to show me a photo of a possible new record black bear he took with his Bowtech in central Ontario.

A complete pass through both lungs and heart shot using Pro Hunter arrows and G5 tips had this huge boar pile up after running thirty yards from his tree stand location.

With a weight of 526 pounds, 7 foot – 8 inches in length , and a 22 inch skull.

This boar will definitely score well!

Tom's Bowtech Ontario Black BearCongratulations to Tom on his awesome Ontario Black Bear

Tom has guided professionally for almost half his life. He often travels as both outfitter and guide for TV hunting shows across North America.

You can find Tom at his Face Book page  Fatal Force Outfitters

Ontario Spring Bear Hunt Proposed In 2014

Ontario Proposes Pilot Project to Hunt Problem Bears In Northern Ontario

 Management of bear populations by science, not emotion, long overdue

Fourteen years after the Harris Conservatives cancelled the spring bear hunt under pressure from animal rights activists, the Wynne Liberal government is proposing a two-year pilot project in eight wildlife management units in northern Ontario to address problem bear issues. 

”Ontario’s spring bear hunt was a successful wildlife population management tool that assisted in maintaining the density of bears at levels that minimized dangerous encounters between people and bears, and controlled the population at a sustainable level.

Rod's Masinca with his big black bear

 

 

This was good for public safety and good for bears,” said OFAH Executive Director Angelo Lombardo. 

”Since the cancellation of the spring bear hunt in 1999, the OFAH has been advocating for a return of the hunt and we are pleased that the provincial government has finally recognized the value of this valuable wildlife management tool and has proposed a bear management program in response to problem bears in northern Ontario.

While this is not the restoration of a full spring hunt, it is a positive start, and the OFAH looks forward to working with the provincial government and local municipalities so that the full benefits of regulated hunting can be realized,” Lombardo added.

The absence of a spring bear hunt has created a severe public safety risk, with five bear attacks being reported across the province this year. Before its cancellation, the spring bear hunt also generated over $40 million per year in economic activity and sustained a number of jobs in northern Ontario, jobs that have since flowed to the neighbouring provinces of Manitoba and Quebec which continued to have hunts. 

”The OFAH has been unwavering in its position that the spring bear hunt is a valuable wildlife management tool that enhances public safety and controls the bear population at optimum levels.

The recent introduction of Bill 114 by Liberal MPP Bill Mauro has served to focus attention on this growing problem,” said Lombardo.

The proposed program would take place from May 1 to June 15 in wildlife management units 13, 14, 29, 30, 36, 41 and 42, where high levels of problem bear activity have been reported.

The hunt would be open to Ontario residents only, will not allow the hunting of cubs or female bears with cubs and would require municipalities in those areas to opt-in to the program.

The proposal will be subject to public comments on Ontario’s Environmental Registry. 

With over 100,000 members, subscribers and supporters, and 710 member clubs, the OFAH is the province’s largest nonprofit, fish and wildlife conservation-based organization, and the VOICE of anglers and hunters.

For more information, visit www.ofah.org.

Bear Wise Hunter Battles With Big Brazen Bear

Rod Masnica describes how he killed a huge nuisance bear that had occupied the backyard and porch for six hours.

 

 

Rod's Masinca with his big black bear

With the 2004 cancellation of the Ontario spring bear hunt nuisance calls escalated to over 71, 360 phone reports to the Ministry of Natural Resources by 2010. This was Rod’s third nuisance bear to invade his property.

His neighbour reported sixteen sheep had been killed the previous fall.

A fat bear after hibernation, so what did he eat last fall?

 

I also talk with the Ontario Ministry Natural Resources Sr. Fish and Wildlife Technical Specialist Scott Bird to learn the guidelines of Bear Wise Nuisance Program.

Check out Hunt Talk-1129 to listen to my interview with Rod and Scott.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This was a huge nuisance bear almost ten feet tall and estimated between 600-800 pounds taken with a crossbow.

1o foot tall black bear

 

Bears teeth worn down , how did he get so fat?

 

 

Estimated to be over 25 years old this bear’s teeth were worn down

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

To learn more about the BEAR WISE Program if you have problem bears in your backyard!

Nuisance Bear Reporting Line  1-866-514-2327

(TTY) 705 945-7641.

Don’t invite black bears to the cottage

Garbage is the number one reason bears are drawn onto properties.

 

What cottagers can do:

Never leave garbage behind. If you must leave before garbage day, or if you do not have curbside collection, take your garbage with you when you go.

Take it to an approved waste disposal site.

Fill bird feeders only through the winter months.

Never purposely feed bears (or other wildlife) or try to approach them.

Put garbage in containers that have tight fitting lids, and only put it out on garbage day, not the night before.

Store garbage in a bear-resistant container, secure shed or garage. Do not store garbage in plywood boxes, old freezers or vehicles.

Do not stockpile garbage. Take it to an approved waste disposal site regularly.

Keep meat scraps in the freezer until garbage day.

Remove grease and food residue from barbecue grills, including the grease trap, after each use.

Do not put meat, fish or sweet food (including fruit) in your composter.

Pick all ripe fruit off trees, and remove vegetables and fallen fruit from the ground.

Encourage your neighbours to practise Bear Wise habits.

If you rent your cottage, tell your tenants the importance of being Bear Wise.

You are responsible for your own personal safety.

Take precautions when you are outdoors.

 

 

Before you go:

Remove your garbage. Take it home or drop it off at an approved waste disposal site on your way out.

Use a strong disinfectant to eliminate all odours from garbage and recycling containers and lids.

Never discard cooking grease outside. Instead, place it in a container with a lid, transfer it to a plastic bag and include it with other properly stored garbage.

Take your barbecue with you when you leave the cottage, or store it in a secure shed. Make sure it is clean.

Do not leave any food or food scraps outdoors for pets or other wildlife.

When packing up, remember to remove all the food from the inside of your cottage.

A box of pudding or fruit flavoured dessert mix is all it takes to attract a bear.

Do not leave scented products outside. Even non-food items like suntan lotion, insect repellent, soap and candles attract bears.

Close and lock all windows and doors.

If you are away for an extended period of time, have someone you trust check in and look for signs of a bear visitor or break in.

 

To report a bear problem,

call 1 866 514-2327.

In a life-threatening emergency,

call 911 or the local police.

Should Spring Bear Hunt Return

Bear Wise program has proven to be long on words, short on results

For years, the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters (O.F.A.H.) has warned
the Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR) that the cancellation of the spring bear hunt and its replacement with the provincial Bear Wise Program would negatively impact public safety.

Instead of managing Ontario’s bears for optimal sustainable populations as it is mandated to do the province has instead opted to try to manage people, with dismal, and sometimes near fatal results.

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“To minimize the risks to people and maximize the benefits of this resource for society,
the Ontario government needs to reinstate the spring bear hunt,” said Terry Quinney, O.F.A.H. Provincial Manager of Fish and Wildlife Services.

“It was a time-tested, successful bear management tool that also provided tens of millions of dollars
in economic benefits before it was terminated, taking with it much-needed employment, particularly in northern and central Ontario.”

Already this season, police have killed bears in London and Peterborough that presented a threat to people.

In Severn Township, the search continues for the bear that inflicted extensive wounds on a Waubaushene man last week in an apparently unprovoked attack.

In 1999, the province promptly and without scientific reason, cancelled the spring bear hunt, resulting in a ten-fold increase in occurrences of human-bear conflict.

A fact backed by the MNR’s own 2008 report. The O.F.A.H. believes that the cancellation of the spring bear hunt has undone many years of improved black bear management, and has instead, caused an increase in human-bear conflicts,
resulting in more sows and cubs shot and wasted in the protection of property.

MNR statistics reveal that human bear occurrences rose to 12,645 in 2007/2008, up from an average of 1,000 prior to 1999.

“We are convinced that human-bear conflicts can be minimized, by managing bear populations using a variety of tools, including area-specific quotas and an early season hunt,” added Quinney.
“Reinstating a well-managed spring hunt would provide positive benefits for all concerned – our black bear populations, the economies of northern and central Ontario, and the safety of the general public.”

With over 100,000 members, subscribers and supporters, and 660 member clubs,
the O.F.A.H. is the largest nonprofit, charitable, fishing, hunting and conservation-based organization in Ontario,
and the voice of anglers and hunters.

For more information, visit www.ofah.org.