Weather Conditions

Spring Black Bear Hunting:

A wide variety of weather conditions can be expected during the lengthy period of the spring bear hunt. April and early May are known for cold rains and wet snow, while later May and June can provide more comfortable hunting conditions. The warmer temperatures bring on the mosquitoes, however, so good netting apparel is essential. A choice of clothing layers will provide you with some options while planning your evening's bear hunt.

Fall Black Bear Hunting:

Warmer temperatures at the start of the fall black bear season mean that the mosquitoes are still active, so remember to bring your netting. First frosts usually arrive by the fall equinox (September 22), so cooler temperatures are the norm. Bringing a few different layers of clothing will ensure that you are comfortable while hunting no matter what the conditions.

Whitetail Deer Hunting:

Manitoba's weather conditions in October/November can be quite variable. While some unseasonably warm temperatures may be experienced, you are best to come prepared with a choice of clothing. Temperatures can range from +50F to -15F (+10C to -26C) . Snow is a definite possibility. Firearms should be degreased and lightly oiled to prevent freezing. A good solution is to use a reliable product like G96 Complete Gun Treatment (G96.com) of Paterson, NJ, which has been tested and trusted for proper firearms operation during cold weather by our Royal Canadian Mounted Police. Dressing in layers is also recommended, with a high-quality base layer (polypropylene long underwear and undershirt), and reliable gloves/mitts and boots. As the closest town is 45 miles away, going there to purchase appropriate clothing will take away valuable deer hunting time.

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What to Bring on Your Wilderness Hunt

 Manitoba requires all hunters to produce a Hunter Education/Safety Certificate in order to purchase a hunting licence. Please phone for details if you don't have one; you may qualify for a Manitoba certificate by submitting a declaration form.
passport passport
firearm and declaration form (if required) firearm and declaration form (if required)
Hunter Education/Safety Certificate Hunter Education/Safety Certificate
layers of warm clothing and socks layers of clothing appropriate to the season and socks
blaze orange hunting vest/jacket camouflage clothing including jacket (spring)
blaze orange hat/tuque blaze orange vest/jacket and hat/tuque (fall)
gloves, mitts gloves, mitts
hand muff/warmer (see IceBreakerInc.com ) rubber boots (insulated for early spring, fall)
insulated, rubber (autumn) pack boots mosquito netting for face and neck
winter boots (cold-weather pack boots) ThermaCell insect repellent system
camp shoes camera (memory card, batteries, charger)
deer calls ammunition
thermos trigger lock
camera (memory card, batteries, charger) rain gear
safety harness safety harness
ammunition and trigger lock headlamp
rain gear compass and GPS, if available
flashlight medications and personal items
headlamp thermos
compass and GPS, if available camp shoes
medications and personal items sunglasses
cooler (for trophy transport if driving home) flashlight
sunglasses cooler (for trophy transport if driving home)


Bringing Firearms into Canada

There are federal (Canadian) firearms regulations concerning ownership, ammunition, transporting and bringing firearms into Canada. You will have to submit a Non-Resident Firearm Declaration form (Form RCMP 5589/CAFC 909) upon first entry into Canada. You should have the form filled out in triplicate before your arrival, but DO NOT SIGN it until you are met by a Canada Border Services Officer, who will ask you to sign it at that time.

DO NOT attempt to bring any handguns into Canada.

Please visit the Visitors/Non-Residents section of the Canadian Firearms Program website or phone them at 1-800-731-4000 for information concerning your firearms and the declaration form.


Taking Your Whitetail Deer or Black Bear Trophy Home

Depending on your travel needs, choice of transport, and government regulations, several different scenarios are possible concerning getting your whitetail deer and/or black bear trophy home. Please visit the Canada Border Services Agency and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service websites or Contact Us for more information.


Manitoba Whitetail Deer Hunter Statistics

Number of Hunters
Whitetail Deer Harvested
Deer - Rifle 27,826 18,329
Deer - Muzzleloader 8,702 5,617
Deer - Archery 3,275 1,071



Please inform us about any physical limitations or food allergies you may have so we can do our best to accommodate you. We would also like to know if you are right-handed or left-handed so we can best situate your hunting stands.