Northern Ontario Black Bear Hunting



TWO WEEKS: AUGUST 18 - 25 and AUGUST 25 - SEPTEMBER 1, 2018 



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MRL Bear Hunt Program Overview

Our Fall 2018 program will run for two weeks from August 18 to September 1. Hunters may choose to come in either week (Sat to Sat). Don't delay. We only book 4-5 hunters per week.

At MRL, we offer an all-inclusive, fully-guided Hunt/Fish Combo Package that includes everything from baiting to butchering – so it’s completely turn-key for you. All meals, accommodations, maid service, boat, motor, bait, fuel, firewood, daily transportation, game retrieval, processing of your bear, butchering , labelled packaging and freezing is included in your 7-night/6-day Hunt/Fish Package. Your hide will be carefully cleaned, wrapped and frozen for you to take to your taxidermist. We even take care of all licensing (fishing & hunting), tags and validation, and export permits. We hunt in WMU’s 40 and 41.

We take great pride in running a professionally-managed hunt, ensuring optimum success and safety of our hunters. Baiting and clearing of stands begins early each season to promote active baits long before our hunters arrive. We offer stands or blinds with shots ranging from 20 yards to 80 yards, accommodating both rifle and bow hunters. We aim to have at least two active stands per hunter and generally exceed this each year. Trailcam monitoring during the baiting process allows us to preview bear activity with hear hunt

Unlike many outfitters, we strictly limit the number of hunters as we accept to no more than 4 or 5 each week. We take the time to profile our hunters to understand their level of proficiency, choice of firearm(s), stand or blind and shooting and range preferences. This enables our guide team to provide best-in-class service to each hunter while maximizing our harvest success and a positive and more exclusive overall hunt experience for everyone. 

Prior to the start of your hunt, our guide team, led by our hunt director, will conduct an orientation and program overview. This will include Team introductions, review of Hunter and Firearm Safety, MRL’s Bear Hunt Program Policies and Itinerary, Baiting and Stand Activity Report, Stand/Blind profiles, Administration and Logistic details and Hunter Q & A’s. Following the orientation, our Hunt Director will oversee the sighting-in of your firearm.

Daily transportation to and from your stand is included in your hunt package. Also, hunters appreciate that we have full cell phone coverage throughout our hunting areas. As such, we require that all hunters carry a cell phone enabled for out-of-country calling (for non-residents) so that you can call us when you harvest a bear or are in need of assistance. Meals are prepared by our Master Chef with breakfast served daily at 8 AM and your main meal at 1:30 PM.  Departure time from camp is usually around 3 PM each day. This allows you ample time in the mornings to fish our 24 kilometer (15 mile) water system and to prepare for your hunting day. A hardy late night snack is served on your return to camp.

When you harvest a bear, a team is dispatched to your location immediately. We will track and retrieve your bear and return to camp to begin processing your game. Processing is conducted in a respectful, systematic manner with opportunities for photos as well. This activity is always exciting and engages the entire camp in a celebration that goes well into the evening. Skinning and butchering will take place the following morning on site. It is important to note that if you harvest your bear on the last day of your hunt, we cannot promise that time will permit us to fully process your bear prior to your departure. In this instance, the Hunter is responsible for the carcass.

hunting stands bearThe Team:

Brian Moulder, Hunt Director: Brian is a life-long resident of Marten River, Temagami and North Bay and is a retired director with the MNR’s Forestry division. He is a highly knowledgeable and experienced bushman, hunter and firearms expert and is extremely helpful to hunters, particularly first-time hunters. Brian’s affiliation with Marten River Lodge dates back at least 20 years. He also acts as lead tracker when the need arises.

Ray Sapiano, MRL Owner and Program Administrator: Owner and operator of MRL since 2012, Ray has hosted and administered six bear hunts, upholding MRL’s long tradition of success under mentorship of his team of experts. Ray has raised the bar on professionalism in the management of the hunt and level of service provided to hunters. He has invested in new equipment including mutli-passenger UTVs, an Argo, trailcams, etc. and implemented policies, guide protocols and developed MRL’s Hunter Orientation program. 

Sam Rose, Lead Guide: Sam hails from Gananoque, Ontario, has fished and hunted in Ontario all of his life and has spent a lot of time fishing in the Temagami region. Now in his third year at MRL with two successful bear hunts, his take charge approach has improved our operational efficiency and program success. He has hunted large and small game, including bear, moose and deer and guided successful Whitetail and Black Bear hunts in Northern Saskatchewan. Fully proficient at tracking, retrieving and processing large game, Sam works closely with the MRL team in upholding our high standards and best practices.   

Stephen Wright, Associate Guide: Steve joined MRL in 2017 and proved to be a valued asset to both our fishing and hunting programs. From Ottawa, he gained much of his outdoor experience under the tutelage of his grandfather, hunting and fishing in the Ottawa Valley. He guided whitetail and partridge hunts at a private Ontario hunting lodge where he learned to dress both large and small game. Working closely with Sam, Stephen returns in 2018 and will continue to add value to our hunters’ experience. 

 Bill Tregenza, Senior Guide (Retired): Bill is also a life-long resident of Marten River and a highly respected trapper, bushman, angler and hunter. Bill developed the bear hunt program at Marten River Lodge over 25 years ago and guided at the lodge for 20 years. Today he mentors our team, provides oversight and council on program planning each year and will occasionally help in processing game.bear hunting canada

Dave Simpson, Senior Guide: Dave has guided at Marten River Lodge for over 17 years and trained under the tutelage of Bill Tregenza. Dave built many of our stands and has helped in training new guides each year in conducting an effective baiting protocol and has assisted in processing game. A trapper, hunter, angler and renowned knife maker, Dave no longer guides full-time but remains a strong proponent and mentor to the MRL Bear Hunt program.

Ken Tregenza, Gunsmith: Ken is Bill’s son and a long-time friend and associate of MRL. Also raised in Marten River, Ken could not help but become a wilderness expert and hunter under the influence of his father. Ken has also schooled and trained to become a licensed gunsmith in the province of Ontario and has many private and commercial clients. Ken often lends his assistance to MRL’s Bear Hunt program.

Tyler Moulder, Tracker and Associate Guide: Tyler is Brian’s son and has helped and worked along-side his father on MRL bear hunts for years. An avid and enthusiastic outdoorsman, Tyler is a great complement to the MRL team and often tag-teams with his dad to help track, retrieve and process game.

Phil Beauchamp, Butcher: By day, Phil is the store manager at No-Frills, Sturgeon Falls. In his off time, and from his home-based professional butcher shop, he specializes in wild game processing and is well known throughout the region for his work. Phil has become our go-to butcher at MRL and provides quality, professional work and very quick, reliable service.


Your package includes a boat and motor for every 3 adults in your party. Our boats are fully equipped, 16’ Starcraft models and include high-back swivel seats, vinyl floors with 7’ casting deck, automatic live well and bilge pump, rod holders, fish finder, 30 HP electric start motors and unlimited bait and fuel during your stay. Our main water system offers 24 kilometers (15 miles) of fishing with access into 4 different lakes for Walleye (Pickerel), Pike, Perch, Small Mouth Bass and Lake Trout. On arrival, we will provide you with a map and orientation of our water system and point you to known hot spots.

Though our focus and priority during our hunt dates is the bear hunt itself, MRL does specialize in guided remote back-lake fishing adventures. If hunters are successful in harvesting their bear early in the week, and time and resources permit, we may be able to accommodate a guided fishing trip to one of our remote Book Now check availabilitylakes at additional cost if there is interest.

Booking, Payment & Cancellation Policy

A 20% credit-card deposit or E-trans (Canadian Only) is required at time of booking to confirm your reservation. Due to the limited number of hunters we accept and the upfront costs of conducting our hunt program, we have a strict 90-day cancellation policy. Balance is payable on arrival. 

The deposit is required with all reservations refundable 90 days, (less credit card fees, if applicable) prior to reservation date.

All bookings are Saturday to Saturday. We encourage you to book your hunt early as space is very limited. 

Your 7-Night / 6-Day Black Bear Hunt/Fish Combo Package Includes:

  • Quality Accommodations in our spotlessly clean cabins including all linens, bedding, soaps and towels
  • Maid Service
  • 3 Meals Daily (Breakfast at 8 AM; Dinner at 1:30 PM) plus a late meal after your hunt
  • Fully Equipped 16’ Starcraft boat with 30 HP electric start  motor (for every 3 adults), fish finder, live well, swivel high back seats, and more – and 15 miles (24 Kms) of waterway and lakes to fish Walleye, Pike, Perch, Bass and Lake Trout.
  • Unlimited bait, boat fuel and firewood
  • Orientation session and overseeing of sighting in of your firearm
  • 8-Day Sport Fishing License (US Non-Res) or 1 Year Sport Fishing License (Res/Can Non-Res); Ontario Outdoors Card, Bear Tag & Seal, Export Permit (Can/US Non-Res); Bear Hunt Validation Certificate (US Non-Res);
  • Use of all lodge facilities including large screen satellite TV, free Wi-Fi, pool table, darts and more
  • Professional guiding, tracking, retrieval and processing of your bear
  • Butchering, labelled packaging and freezing service
  • Accessible, well maintained stands and blinds; pre-baited and brushed for optimal sighting
  • Choice of short and long range, monitored, active stands
  • Transportation to and from stands

Note: Bears harvested on last hunting day in each week may not be able to be processed and butchered prior to hunter departure next morning. In such instances, the hunter is responsible for their bear and there are no deductions in fees.

Rates: All prices in Canadian Funds plus HST - Don't delay! We only book 4 or 5 hunters per week!

Non-hunter guest rate applies to guests accompanying hunter(s) with shared accommodation. Youth discounts are not applicable. 

Rates: All prices in Canadian Funds plus HST

Non-Resident: US or other     


Ontario Resident:

 $ 3,465.

"Non-Hunter guest rate:" 

 $ 1,253.


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Ontario Moose Hunting

Moose Hunting at Marten River Lodge

Moose hunting regulations in Ontario changed significantly in 2016. Most notably, the start of rifle season has been pushed out one week and there is now only a two week calf season in many jurisdictions. Also, guaranteed group sizes have been eliminated in many areas.

For WMUs 40 & 41 specifically, these changes have restricted our ability to host moose hunters during the rifle season, as our camp closes for the winter the day after rifle season opens. However, we can welcome bow hunters during the bows only period.

Below is a summary of open seasons for moose in WMUs 40 & 41.

Rifles, Shotguns, Bows & Muzzle-loading guns

  Resident   Non-Resident
 Adult Moose Oct 15 – Nov 15  Oct 17 – Nov 15
 Calf Moose Oct 22 – Nov 4        Oct 22 – Nov 4
Bows Only  Bows Only
 Adult Moose  Sept 24 – Oct 14    Sept 24 – Oct 14


moose hunting in northern ontario lodgeFor complete details on the most recent hunting regulations, please click here 2017 hunting regulations for ontario

Marten River Lodge sits on the boarder of zones 40 and 41 and as the lodge is not eligible for the moose hunting tags handed out by the Ministry of Natural Resources hunters must apply on their own and may apply for either district. 

The lodge is surrounded by Crown land with miles of old logging roads and acres of marshes to hunt in. Our moose population is on the increase and it’s not unusual to see moose while you’re fishing. 

Moose Hunters who wish to hunt Adult Moose during the Bow Season can choose to enjoy our premier lodge facilities and our All-Inclusive Housekeeping or American Plan accommodations with the convenience of easy access to WMUs 40 and 41 right from our driveway. Our cabins are completely equipped with linens, towels, soaps, dishes, pots, pans, utensils, microwave, stove, refrigerator, 3 or 4 piece bathrooms, potable hot & cold running water and propane heat - every convenience for a comfortable hunt. A boat, motor, unlimited bait and fuel are also included so you can also enjoy fishing our expansive 24 kilometer main water system.

Subject to availability, we can arrange professional guiding services for a complete hunting experience. 

Moose Hunters rates in October - Regular posted rates apply less 15%. Take me to the Rates Page. 

Call us to discuss your Moose Hunting plans 1.800.561.2067

Ontario Small Game Hunting


spruce grouse marten riverMarten River Lodge sits on the boarder of WMUs 40 and 41 and is located just 30 minutes north of North Bay, Ontario. The lodge is surrounded by accessible Crown land and partridge hunters have access to miles of old logging roads and trails right from our driveway or within very short commutes in any direction. Because we spend a lot of time in the bush over the summer, we monitor partridge activity and we are happy to spend time with hunters to go over area maps and point them to known habitats. 

bird hunting marten riverRelatively dry summers will produce a good hatch for Ruffed and Spruce Grouse allowing hunters the opportunity to put up many birds in the fall and fill their limits. Wet summers can play havoc on young chicks with many not surviving a season of heavy rains. While conditions and bird populations can vary year to year, dedicated bird hunters will enjoy the experience and quality of our forests and trails. Dogs are also welcome at MRL in accordance with our pet policy.    

For hunters seeking other small game species, both Woodcock and Varying Hare (Snowshoe Hare) populations are average in the area and can present incidental opportunities while hunting grouse.  

As with all our hunting packages, small game hunters enjoy quality amenities and convenient access to hundreds of acres of crown land at Marten River Lodge. Marten River is host to many species of wildlife because of its ideal habitat with lots of cover, marshlands, rivers, lakes, streams and old growth forests.

view from the air temagamiWe offer quality, spotlessly clean cottage accommodations completely equipped with linens, towels, microwaves, stove, BBQ, refrigerator, washrooms, and propane heat - every convenience for a comfortable hunting vacation.

When available, we can also arrange professional guiding services for a complete hunting experience. 
Contact us to plan your next hunting trip. We’ll go out of our way to help make it an enjoyable and productive experience.



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Ontario  Hunting Regulations Summary

This annual hunting guide summarizes the rules and regulations for hunting in Ontario. 

It provides information about hunting licences and fees, as well as up-to-date regulations and seasons for each game species.

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