Dates: September 13 – 19th 2015
Style of Hunt: Tree Stand Over Bait
Success: Color-phase bear on the last day of the hunt
I booked with Bear Creek Outfitters to hunt the week before my moose hunt with Mattice Lake Outfitters. Both locations are only a few miles from each other, so the combination worked well.
The bear activity slows as fall progresses. Many bear camps are closed by mid-September. I saw six bears during the week, which included two that were over 300 lbs and my color phase. I had two fresh bait stations, where I used my own stands. I had cameras at both baits, but surprisingly didn't get any nighttime pictures of bears. All of my pictures were during shooting hours. I even had one bear that would hit my bait around lunch time, between the time I baited in the morning and returned to hunt the evening. I soon changed my technique and started hunting all day to intercept that bear. On the last day of the hunt, I got a color-phase bear.
There is other hunting that can be combined with a late September bear hunt. Small game and wolf hunting in Ontario opens on September 15th. I saw many Ruffed and Spruce Grouse along the gravel roads. It is legal to shoot from the gravel roads in Ontario, and it is possible to get close enough to take birds with a bow. This time of year is also a good time to try to fill a Wolf tag, if a hunter still has one open from the previous winter.
Bear Creek Outfitters has a small basic camp just outside of Armstrong Station. The camp has a bunk house with separate sleeping rooms and a main building. The camp has the following amenities:
Two full bathrooms
Big screen TV
Full kitchen with two refrigerators
Not on a lake but near lakes for fishing access
Cell service close to town
Bear Creek is an archery only outfitter, but cross bows are allowed as archery equipment in Ontario and at Bear Creek Outfitters. Hunting and fishing license are purchased at camp upon arrival. Each hunter brings their own food and cooks and cleans up for themselves.
I had a good time at Bear Creek and would go back again.