“Is her head up?” asked Myron Means, the Large Carnivore Coordinator for the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission (AGFC). His is assistant, Alex, replied, “Yep, she’s looking right at me.” He had just crept into a sow bear’s den and shot her with a tranquilizer dart.
As hunters, we are truly fascinated by antlered game and rightfully so. Antlers are unique, one of a kind and make fantastic memory stimulators, i.e. trophies. Bears offer, however, as much or more “bang for your buck” (pun intended) than antlered game, just in a different way. Bears can be overlooked as amazing trophies, but with some enlightenment you’ll understand why. Here are six reasons why bears are a high-end big-game trophy that should rival your best whitetail.

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Nine mistakes you don't want to make during the spring 2015 bear season.

1. Under estimate/over estimate the power of mosquitos

I hear a lot of negative murmur about mosquitos on spring bear hunts. Mosquitos are like a vaccinatable disease – if you get vaccinated you don’t have anything to worry about but if you don’t, they’ll make you miserable. There will definitely be mosquitos in large number wherever you spring bear hunt but with the advent of modern technology they really aren’t a problem anymore. I carry...
1. Affordable:

Bear hunting is one of the few outfitted hunts left that can be very affordable. In correlation with your odds of success it is probably the best type of outfitted hunt available. You can go on some quality hunts in Maine & Ontario for $1500 and less. Perhaps a more appealing option for trophy quality is to go on a top-end bear hunt in Alberta, Manitoba, British Columbia or Saskatchewan for $3,000-$4,000. Outfitters will often work with you on payment plans in advance of the hunt. Additionally, you can finance a hunt through your bank for pennies on the dollar and pay it off over a couple of years. For people with good credit and collateral, banks are eager to make these small loans. Be wise, but consider the options.