The Finest Northern Minnesota Bear Hunting Experience.

We are now booking hunts for 2024

 At BearPaw Guiding, we offer guided black bear hunts for the avid bow, rifle or black powder hunter; novice to the most experienced. We are a licensed Minnesota black bear hunting guide service located in the heart of black bear country

Bearpaw 2018 and 2019,2023,2024, hunter of the year award goes to

Sydney (sweet 16 & 17)

 BearPaw Guiding is a member of the

Minnesota Bear Guides Association


 Give us a call and reserve your spot early..Get your hunt booked and in the event that you are not picked on the Zone 12 lottery, you can always hunt in the "No Quota Zone" We are licensed to provide guiding in both zones. I urge all hunters to apply for Zone 12 , but we always cater to "No Quota" hunters on a first come, first served basis.  BOOK early & hold your spot. If you are awarded  your Zone 12 tag, GREAT! If not, no problem, you are hunting bears either way. This is great for making plans well ahead of time, no need to wait and see about the lottery. Once your dates are booked and we have received your down payment you are hunting bears this Fall

Available START and END dates below. These are inclusive dates for a five day hunt. YELLOW Weeks Filled up

START   sunday September 1st  -  END thursday September 5th

START   monday September 9th -  END  friday September 13th 

START   tuesday September 17th  -  END   saturday September 21st

START    wednesday September 25th  -  END sunday September 29th





Now Booking 2024 Fall Hunts !! 

First Come First Serve!!

BearPaw is booking hunts daily and we urge hunters to lock in your hunts as soon as possible

Booking 2024 Fall Hunts !!

Black bear permit applications due early May 2008) FHunters have until May to apply for a black bear license for the 2024  Fall hunt. The permit application process usually starts in early April. . The season begins Sept. 1, 2024  Licenses for the no-quota area, which is outside of the 11 permit areas, can be purchased directly at any ELS agent or on-line beginning July 1. No previous application is necessary to buy a no-quota area license.

Bear licenses cost $44 for residents and $230 for non-residents. The bag limit will remain at one bear in the No Quota area and/or one bear in all other quota permit areas. (excecption BearPaw Guiding will only allow 1 bear per paid hunter, we need to protect the resource for future generations)

Hunters who want to increase their chances to be selected in future years now can select bear zone 99
on their application. They will not receive a permit but will earn a preference point, increasing their chances of being selected for zone 12 permit in future years. Individuals must apply for a permit at one of the nearly 1,800 Electronic License System (ELS) agents throughout the state or the DNR License Center in St. Paul. People may also apply by calling 1-888-MNLicense or online                             

Currently there is a $5 Minnesota DNR application fee for residents and/or non-residents for the 2024 Bear lottery