BLACK BEAR EXPEDITION
(Photography and Wildlife Enthusiasts)
Outer Banks, North Carolina
( 6 Days / 4 Days Black Bear Encounters )
4 SPACES ONLY
We are headed to the Outer Banks region of North Carolina, to seek out the largest of the wild black bear species, for an opportunity to observe and photograph them. The Outer Banks region of North Carolina is located on the Roanoke River about seven miles (11 km) upriver from its mouth, into the Albemarle Sound. The black bears around the Albemarle Sound are the largest of their species, often growing to more than 600 pounds. Even female black bears here can reach 300 pounds. Elsewhere in North America, male black bears usually don’t exceed 200 pounds, and females usually reach a maximum weight of about 150 pounds.
Not only are these coastal bears huge, they are also abundant. We have chosen this location because there are an estimated 8,000 bears in this area. Which is one of the largest concentrations of black bears in the southeastern United States.
While we are out there, we will also be seeking out the rare and elusive red wolf. We are hoping for an opportunity to photograph these elegant predators as well. The region around Alligator River National Refuge is the only place in the world were these extremely rare wolves can be found in the wild. According to Federal reports, there are only 40 red wolves left in the wild.
Day 1 - We will pick you up from the New Bern Airport (EWN) and travel 3 1/ 2 hours, via private van to the coastal town of Mags Head, NC. When we arrive, we will check you into your hotel. The evening is yours to relax and prep cameras and gear for our trip in the early morning.
Day 2 - (AM Session). We will wake up early and spend the morning seeking out bears and red wolves, around the Alligator River National Refuge area. We will help you set up your cameras and seek out the best opportunities for great images and video.
We break for lunch and return to our hotel. You can spend the next few hours relaxing, recharging your camera batteries or explore the town. (PM Session). In the late afternoon (3PM) we will return to the refuge to seek out the bears again. We will stay till we run out of light...Please note; these are long full days, seeking out wildlife.
Day 3 - (AM Session).We will wake up early and spend the morning seeking out bears and red wolves, around the Alligator River National Refuge.
We break for lunch. (PM Session). After lunch we will head out to the beaches (in 4x4s), around Currituck to seek out the wild colonial Spanish mustangs for a dusk (sunset), photo session. The mustangs here have been roaming these parts (documented recordings as early as 1528).
Day 4 - (AM Session). We will leave very early and drive to Cresswell, NC for the second half of our trip. This morning we will visit Pungo lake for more bear and red wolf (hopefully), encounters. Today we will explore the region both in our vehicles and on foot for a chance to capture unique, up close images of the amazing wildlife that lives in this region.
(PM Session). In the afternoon we will visit a private bear ranch to seek out bears, wolves, bobcats and foxes on an open top swamp buggy.
Day 5 - We will repeat day 4.
Day 6 - We will depart at 7am and drive you to the New Bern airport (EWN) for your journey home. Make your return flights after 12 noon.
We will visit a private bear ranch. Here we will ride around using an elevated open-top swamp buggy. Our guide has been working with the bears in this area for over 20 years. We will spend each day going out on half day trips. Bears are active in the early morning and late afternoon.
We will head out to observe the bears in the late afternoon. This will give us the chance to see the bears feeding and socializing with each other. During this time of year, the bears are feeding on corn stalks in the fields. As many as 85 bears have been counted here (in one day), during this time of year. For our photographers and videographers, this will give you the opportunity to take advantage of the setting sun for that golden light and unique up-close images.
The swamp buggy will give us access to places we just could not get to in a regular vehicle. This is a one of kind photography expedition with up close encounters with wild black bears and other wildlife.
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