My 7x7 black bear the first night made my trip a great success, thanks. A bonus was being able to get cinnamon that will make a beautiful rug.
My husband bought the Black Bear trip for my birthday, and he knows that I’m very particular about where I stay. North Star passed with flying colors. The bathrooms were very clean, bedrooms were large, the Rec room with large screen TV and large sectional that sat plenty, washer/dryer and more. Best of all, Cathy, a cook that created great meals. Three times a day, she made sure got our fill of great food. You and Len really worked hard to prepare us for what to expect and made sure that we saw plenty of bears.
My 7x7 black bear the first night made my trip a great success, thanks. A bonus was being able to get cinnamon that will make a beautiful rug. We had a wonderful time and are looking forward to next year.
All I can say is, "Thanks for a great time at a great facility"
I wanted to thank you for wonderful hunting and the wonderful hospitality that we experienced there last week. This was a birthday present for my wife, Marty, so an enjoyable experience for her was my top priority. I want to tell you that you exceeded her expectations and mine. We saw lots of bears every day and, as you remember, she got a 7 footer our first night there. That is what you call exceeding expectations. We were told by prior clients that you had good accommodations, but they were much better than we expected. We weren’t sure what kind of shower and toilet facilities to expect, but they were nice, clean and comfortable.
Cathy did a great job of providing plenty of good cooking with a wonderful attitude. Your philosophy of providing plenty of good, tasty food was definitely appreciated and really enjoyed. Cathy also did a great job providing clean linens and keeping the restrooms in spotless condition.
When a guy takes his wife on a hunting trip, there is always the potential of uncomfortable conditions, but that was definitely not the situation at your facility. All I can say is, "Thanks for a great time at a great facility"
I have been hunting black bears nearly 50 years, and have been on a minimum of 40 spring and fall hunts .I took my largest bear yet #22 with North Star outfitters. the bear measured roughly 71/2 foot,and weighed approx. 450#. the skull rough scored 201/2 ". the baiting both amount and variety , was the best i have ever seen. An extremely hard working outfitter and crew, great food, and excellent lodging makes north star a five star operation.You will never see more bears, including all color phases any where else. Expect to see up to 10 bears on a bait site, and 40 to 50 bears in a week of hunting.
John Valle, New York
"Loved our Alberta Bear Bow Hunt with North Star Outfitting."
We are a husband and wife hunting team and North Star really went out of their way to accommodate us and make our hunt a hunt of a lifetime. North Star proved to be a quality operation which delivers what they advertise. Man do they know their game. Stand placement was excellent, the wind was always in our faces, and we had strategic cover. We saw lots of bear and had plenty of opportunity to harvest several quality bear. We each harvested a color phase black bear; one of which is Pope and Young. The food was the best we ever had on a hunting trip (we miss you Kathy) and the accommodations were great. Loved how friendly and knowledgeable the guides were (Neil, Allyssa, Ryan ... thanks for everything). They really worked hard set us up for success. We will be back next year and bring our 13 year old son for his first bear hunting adventure! See you Spring 2011.
Bear & Julie Lawrence.
best money spent on any hunt yet."
Not having a clue about sitting in a tree or blind all day for a bear
was an eye opener.Several of days I would see more than 15 bears of
all colors.Best of all several big bears all, I wanted was big; color
was optional .Success was a day away ,and over 7 ft of red bear and
booking 2 spots for 2010 THANKS GANG SEE YA SOON
"When I left Florida I really didn't have any expectations...
but it far exceeded anything I could of imagined."
I thought I'd drop you a note and tell you how much I enjoyed my hunt
and stay with you week before last. It certainly was a great experience.
I really had a great time with you guys and gals. Kathy did a great
job of feeding and taking care of all our food and laundry needs.
You, Roger and Alysha made great hunting guides. When I left Florida
I really didn't have any expectations of what I was in for in Canada,
but it far exceeded anything I could of imagined. Hunting only 4 afternoons
I saw a total of 16 bears and that was really only 3 hunts as I didn't
see any the first day.
I have told everybody down here that if you want a good time and a
lot of action they need to call you and set up a trip. Thanks again
to you and [Pugs] for a truly great time and a nice bear. Ya'll went
the last mile to help us get our bears.
All I can say is Wow! This
hunt surpassed even my wildest expectations
As an avid deer hunter I cannot believe the black bear hunt I just
had at North Star Outfitters. As a previous deer hunting client I
already knew that the accommodations and personal attention I would
receive would be first class. But I had no idea it would be the most
exciting six days I have ever spent in the woods. I had never hunted
bear before this trip and I did not know what to expect. This hunt
surpassed even my wildest expectations. My heart still races when
I think about the number, the color phases and the size of the bears
I saw, not to mention the two seven footers I harvested (1 chocolate
, 1 black). My sincerest appreciation to you, Roger, Alysha and Kathy.
I appreciate all of your hard work. Move over whitetails and muleys
I am now also a bear hunter.See you next spring.
Roger Castaldo, 708-417-8624
Black Bear Hunting References: Please feel free to contact any of our hunters who left testimonials as well as;
JR Cooper - 713-859-7850
Justin Raggazine - 330-518-9552
Ed White - 313-303-9742
HUNTING HERO'S When I first found out about the opportunity to go hunt a black bear with an outfitter, I was overwhelmed with excitement. Hunting with an
outfitter was something that always wanted to do. So I submitted my name through my chain of command and waited eagerly for word back. Then one day I got a phone call from a gentleman in Ottawa. He told me that I was selected for the Black bear hunt. I was beside myself with excitement. I sighted in my rifle and gathered everything that I needed for hunting. I then eagerly waited for the day to come.
When I first got to North Star Outfitters I was greeted like an old friend. I sat at the kitchen table with the outfitter Neil Johnson and some other hunters from Florida. It was their last day of hunting and we all got to know each other. Cathy offered me Coffee and made me lunch. Neil talked about where he was going to set me up for the evening hunt. The time came to go out for the evening. Neil got the other hunters set up at a bear bait site and then he took me about 15 mins north to a tree stand above some bear bait. On the way there he explained to me what to look for in a good black bear. Things like using the 45 gallon barrel to judge the size of the bear. As well things to look for on the bear's coat like rub marks and fur quality. It was my first time ever in a tree stand and I have to say it was a little scary at first, but after
about 30 mins I was getting use to it.
Finally after about 2 hours I noticed something off in the bush that was moving towards the bait barrel. It was a black bear. Once the bear was at the barrel I spent about 10 mins studying the bear. The bear was a good size according to how Neil showed to judge. The fur had a very nice appearance and it had no rub marks.
So at this point I was thinking that if I let it go, something bigger or better might come along. However I have watched enough hunting shows to realize that the bigger or better animal may never come along and then I would be scrambling to shoot one on the last night that might not be as good as this one.
So being a Christian I prayed about
it. I then got this gut felling that I should shoot it.
I slowly & quietly chambered a round and raised my rifle took aim at his vitals and squeezed my trigger. The bear took off running to my left and I instinctually chambered another round and took aim at the running bear and hit it in the vitals and it tumbled end over end and came to a stop about 20 ft from the bottom of the tree that I was sitting in. I then herd the bear take its last breath. After about 5 mins of euphoric celebration I decided to climb out of the tree stand and get a better look at the bear. I got her with both shots in the vitals. The first shot went through the lungs and the second through the heart. I called Neil with my cell phone and told him about the bear. About 20 mins later he shows up with his quad and a trailer he congratulated me with a smile and hand shake telling me it was an excellent bear. We then loaded it on the trailer and drove back to his truck and waited to hear from the other hunters that were still out hunting. Later that night we did a little celebrating in the lodge.
The next morning we got some pictures and video for a TV show on the Outdoor Channel in the USA. Neil then skinned my bear and I got meat to take home with me. I closely watched Neil skin the bear and he answered every question that I had about skinning an animal. I then spent the next few days learning everything about hunting bears. Things like mixing up bait and setting up tree stands over a hunting site. We looked at trail cam pictures on a daily basis. I would usually spend my afternoons shooting gophers in the pasture.
Hunting with an outfitter was truly the experience of a lifetime. It was more than I had ever imagined. The food was amazing and the atmosphere was second to none. It gave me time to unwind from my every life and deal with my injury's from military service.
I brought home two bears on my first trip that any hunter would be proud of, a 7 foot black bear and a 6 ½ foot cinnamon...
I attended the Southeast Michigan Bowhunters Fundraiser in March of 2011 at Laurel Manor in Livonia, MI. While there, I met outfitter and guide Neil Johnson, from North Star Outfitting, Alberta, Canada. I was very impressed with Neil and the information that I received with regards to his hunting lodge and their success rate for black bear hunts. He had a video that showed many large bears, black and color phased. I walked away from his booth knowing that I would be booking a hunt for the Spring of 2011.
Neil’s facility surpassed all expectations, spacious rec room with large screen television, comfortable furniture and enough showers for all. Top on the list would have to be Cathy’s cooking – excellent to say the least.
Neil and the other guide, Len, have more hunting knowledge than I could have ever imagined.
I had my choice between fifty different hunting areas, with both tree stands and ground blinds. I saw between four and fourteen bears each day, which gave me the opportunity to wait for that big one. And wait I did. I brought home two bears on my first trip that any hunter would be proud of, a 7 foot black bear and a 6 ½ foot cinnamon.
I would highly recommend Neil Johnson and North Star Outfitting to anyone looking for the hunting experience of a lifetime. I truly feel that I have made friends for life on this trip and would return, without hesitation.
I also had the winning bid for taxidermy work by Jason Baushke from Legends & Tails Taxidermy in Dowagiac, MI. Jason is currently working on two full bear mounts to be displayed at the SCI fundraiser in February 2012 in Mt. Pleasant, MI. Jason has done some beautiful pieces and is making my trophies a priority. It has been a pleasure to work with him and we look forward to seeing the finished product.
Unbelievable/Incredible 2 for 1
I dont even own a rifle. I borrowed some camo clothing from
my brother so I could go on a bear hunt with Neil Johnsons Northstar
Outfitting, Alberta, Canada.
Neil was kind enough to let me borrow one of his personal rifles for
my hunt. I have to admit I was a bit nervous on my 1st bear hunt sitting
in a blind by myself the first day of the hunt. I counted 6 fat bears
that first afternoon.
The second day I moved to another location Neil and his daughter wanted
to check out. You see, I am a beginner hunter (age 61) I dont
own any firearms. My brother set up this hunt with Neil after meeting
him at a show in Ft. Worth, Texas. After speaking with several outfitters
at the show, my brother quickly decided on Neil Johnson because of
his sincerity, genuineness and pure straight talk on the quality and
hospitality of his hunts. Ask him to show you photos of past 2-3 year
hunts. You see, Neil is not the least expensive. However, you will
get what you pay for if price is your only concern elsewhere. Neil
and his crew work harder than any outfitter my brother has ever seen
in an effort to totally please you. All other hunters in our group
were repeat, totally satisfied customers who continue to come back
year after year because of the quality of this hunt. One guy counted
13 bear the first day out from his stand on the hunt. Average was
6 7 bear daily.
Back to my story of excitement my 2nd day of the hunt. My 1st bear
comes in (colored phase) not 20 minutes after Neil drops me off. A
gorgeous 6 ft. brown dropped with 1 shot 30 yds. away. But wait
only 1 hour later Whats that extra large black volkswagon
doing coming down the same trail? Oh my gosh, Im shaking in
my boots! Its big brother blackie over 7 ft. long. Bam
1st shot 30 yds. away again. I ask you, what are the odds of a 61
year old gentleman hunter from Texas who has no rifle or hunting clothing/equipment
showing up in camp in Alberta, Canada and bagging not only one beautiful
bruen but two giants within an hour apart that fall 20 ft. from each
other after being there only 2 days. Not bad, I say. Incidentally
expect 3 full/full/full delicious, square meals everyday you
are there. The meals are superb and the chef is a wonderful hostess.
Be careful my brother gained 12 lbs. in 7 days. No brag/just
Thank you, Neil, for everything you did for me.
Sonny Van Haselen
It was a wonderful experience for me as a first time bear hunter. From the facilities to the food to the stands everything was great.
I was able to connect about half way through a very tough week on
a medium sized bear. I would like to thank Kathy for the wonderful
groceries (I put on 5 pounds). I would like to thank "Pugs"
for getting us there when you had other things to do. It was a great
week with really good people. Thank you,
Lake City, Florida
Search No More I have been on
5 guided trips , none were as enjoyable as this Black Bear hunt.
1st class accomodations,food and most important the hunt
. Neil and his staff do everything possible to insure success in the
field . Seen several bears ,blacks and brown bears in the area . Just
follow simple directions on this web site and book your hunt today
. Would also recomend the Father/son hunt on this trip .
Hobbs , New Mexico
"The experience with North
Star and everything related to the hunt far exceeded the references
provided... North Star works very hard to not only get you action"
When I first learned about North Star Outfitting, I contacted the
references provided by Neil Johnson and thought that they were being
paid off to give such stellar reviews. I was very suspect because
I was ripped off by other so called other outfitters and
it has been my insane desire, after hunting for 43 years, to get a
bear and all attempts produced no results.
Well, in the end, the experience with North Star and everything related
to the hunt far exceeded the references provided. Neil, and all those
related to the bear hunt, went far out of their way to make each and
every aspect of the experience outstanding. The accommodations are
great, food even better, a true desire to produce results, and generosity
far exceeded my expectations which are tough. North Star works very
hard to not only get you action but also to get a big animal. I was
fortunate to get a 7 foot black and beautiful brown bear, both in
the same night! Being one that cannot sit still during the day, the
prairie dog hunting, use of Neils vehicles and equipment and
so many other things to do in this beautiful country were just outstanding.
We also had a great group of hunters that made the experience even
Beginners Luck?...Maybe, but unlikely due the time and effort
that North Star employs to ensure a great time and results . You are
welcome to call me at any time and you will think that I am on the
list of paid references. Would I go back?...I am!
Lou Piciacchio (Spring Hunt-2008)
(724) 935-0608 or (724) 935-6317
What a great time we had this year on our spring bear hunt. I can't
tell you how much fun it was this year. This was by far the best hunt
out of the past five, and the other four were great. It amazes
me how you can organize and pull off the many aspects of these hunts.
You have a team that other outfitters would envy. I want to tell you
that it would have been a wonderful time even if we hadn't seen any
bear. I realize that you can't control the movement of the game or
the weather, but to see as many bear in one week as we did is unbelievable.
It is a testimony to your preparation and scouting for the right sights
and baiting with the right baits. I know I saw 25-30 for the week
on the stands that I hunted. To harvest the two big bruins I got is
a dream come true. The only problem I see is the bar has been raised
to a level that the next bear will go in the record books. Did I say
I can't wait until next year to try and make that record?
I can't close without mentioning what a wonderful cook Kathy is. She
did an outstanding job of preparing and serving all the meals. Her
personality made the meals even more enjoyable. You need to hold on
to her or one of your hunters may take her away from you. Like Calvin
from New Mexico.
Thanks again for a great time this spring. If I can be of help to
you when someone would like to talk about your hunts, please have
them call me.
Don Watkins, North Carolina
North Star Outfitting exceeded
all of my exspectations for an outstanding bear hunt . I saw many
bears every day and was able to take 2 nice trophies. I will be back
This is the fourth year I have
hunted with Neil and his staff at North Star Outfitting. I can't say
enough about how organized they are. They take care of everything
you need to have a successful hunt. The only thing I haven't see them
take control of is the weather and the movement of game. It truly
is a fun time when you are at North Star. They have topnotch equipment
and the entire staff caters to your needs. They take care of the small
things, like having a cool beverage for you when you come out of your
stand. When you run out of ammunition shooting gophers, they send
someone to get some for you while you continue to hunt.
The food is wonderful and I always come home gaining weight. This
year it was two belts holes. From Turkey dinner to Steak and Seafood
they always have something good to eat and a lot of it.
Neil strives at all times to take care of his hunters needs. From
being picked up for your ride to camp, the hunt, the food, preparations
of your trophy, to the ride back to meet your plane, Neil and his
staff cover it all. Why, Neil even calls you to see if you got home
without any problems.
I highly recommend North Star outfitting for your next hunt. Whether
it is Bear, Deer, Duck or Goose. You can't go wrong with North Star.
I have hunted bear with Neil
Johnson of North Star Outfitters seven different times. He has never
failed to produce excellent bears, I have taken one over eight foot,
and several over seven foot. He works hard and does everything
possible to provide an excellent hunting experience. His accommodations
are first class, and there is more great tasting food than you can
possibly eat. I have hunted waterfowl one time with him, and we had
huge Canada geese practically trying to get in the blind with us.
I have no reservations on whole heartedly recommending Neil to anyone,
and would be glad to personally talk to anyone considering booking
a hunt with him.
This will be my 4th hunt with
North star . I have hunted whitetail deer in Sask and black bear in
Alberta and whitetail and mule deer in Alberta as well . I hunt
with a group of 6 hunters from FLA. and we will be at North Star camp
this fall for another whitetail/ mule deer hunt and then driving from
there to his camp in Sask, for the last week of the season over there
to finish up our canadian hunting adventure for 2006.Ive hunted with
other outfitters but non that go that extra mile to insure as quality
of a hunt as Neil and his staff due at North Star Outfitting.
Rocky Ford ft White FLA
My 1st Black Bear hunt and what
a way to start. Took a great Black Bear over 7' and a nice blond Bear
as well. Neil and Troy work super hard to try to put youin the
right spot. I've hunted lots of other places and none have put the
effort in you guy's did. Great food and accomodations make for a super
hunt . I have hunted 3 times now with North Star and this year will
be my 4th and looking very much to doing a Alberta/ Sask Whitetail
Garry Newmon Jennings FLA
What more could be said about
North Star Outfitting than WOW!
Neil runs a fantastic operation from the lodging, meals to the amount
of game. I have experienced a lot of different hunting environments
over the many years of hunting and this was one of the best by far.
I think this was the only hunting trip in which I think I gained weight
from all the delicious food Diane made for us.
Having never hunted bears before I really didnt know what to
expect when I got there. How many bears would I see? What are the
setups like? Shot opportunities?? Well all I can say is that I will
never have to worry about that again while hunting with Neil and his
guide Troy. I sat out four (4) days and honestly lost cost of the
number of bears I saw. At one point I had 10 bears within 40 yards
of me. The setups were near perfect. Neil and Troy did everything
humanly possible to make our trip a successful one. While I did not
harvest an animal this trip, the shot opportunities were there. As
an archer I choose to be picky and here with North Star Outfitting
you can be. Ill be back.
Book your next Alberta Canada Black
Bear Hunting Trip with North Star Outfitters!