Bear Hunting in Upper Michigan
Black Shadow Guide Service provides bear hunting in Upper Michigan. Our bear hunts are done over bait on private and public land. We only hunt the first season.
Each hunter will be provided with 2 active bait sites and only that hunter will hunt on those baits. This helps in giving the hunter the best experience possible. We check the bait sites every 2 days. Once the baits start getting hit, we will bait the site every day. We put trail cameras on the baits to see what bears are hitting the bait so we don't have a hunter sitting on a bait that is only being hit by sows and cubs.
It is illegal in Michigan to shoot cubs and sows with cubs. We take great pride in our bait sites and how we bait. We would not put a hunter on a spot that we would not hunt ourselves.
Contact us today for more information or to schedule your next hunt.
License and Application Info
The state of Michigan black bear licenses are sold on a drawing and points system. To learn more about the points system you can go to http://www.michigan.gov/bear. This will also lead you to the state rules and regulations page. You can put your application in starting May 1 and it ends on June 1. The results of the drawing will be posted online June 29 on the same web page. We are able to hunt 3 different management units from where we are located. Contact us before you apply for your bear tag to find out what area to apply for.
Things You Will Need
A Michigan Bear License
At least 3 XL coolers to get your meat and hide home in
Tree stands or ground blinds
Gun or archery equipment/crossbow
Orange hate or vest
Camo hunting clothes. Plan on dressing in layers. Temperatures that time of year can go from freezing to 90 degrees!
Hunting rain gear
Rubber boots for hunting
Bug gear (head net and/or Thermacel)
Scent killing spray/soap/body wash. Scent control is a big thing. Black bears have a VERY VERY good sense of smell. The more we can do to limit our smell, the better.
We offer two basic hunts and we can customize them to fit your needs.
A 50% nonrefundable deposit is required at time of booking.
*Our two basic hunts do not come with room and board. That will be up to the hunter to take care of beforehand.
We are only 10 minutes to the nearest hotel and only 20 minutes to the city of Marquette where you will find multiple options for dining and lodging.
Active Bait Only Hunt – $1000
We will provide you with 2 active bait sites. We will show you one time the best way in and out of the sites and supply you with enough bait to bait the sites for a week. Then you will be on your own.
Semi Guided Hunt – $1300
We will provide you with 2 active bait sites, transportation to and from the bait and we will bait the sites for you.
Once you have harvested a bear, we will field dress it and get the bear out of the woods for you. We will help you with photos and getting the bear registered with the DNR.
Then we will skin and quarter the bear and get it ready for you to take home.