Rick & Darleen Dickson

Rick & Darleen were born and raised in Northern Ontario. Rick’s father worked in the lumber camps, with fishing and trapping a way of life. His sons carried on the family tradition. Rick also worked in the lumber camps until he attended university and graduated from the Forestry Program. In 1978 Rick started his first string of bear baits.


Wawa is located 140 miles North of Sault Ste. Marie, MI.  Follow Hwy. 17 N from Sault Ste. Marie.

Baiting Area

Rick’s Bear Management Area is in excess of 3,000 km2 and is one of the largest in Ontario, surrounded by 3 Provincial Parks, 1 Federal Park and the largest Crown Game Preserve in North America, the Chapleau Crown Game Preserve.

Upon Arrival

You will be met in Wawa by Rick or one of his guides & brought to your cabin or remote campsite. A trip planning review will be conducted. Rick or one of his guides will then show you your baits.

The Baits

Each hunter is guaranteed working baits. We provide extra baits/party.  The bait consists of butcher scraps, bakery goods and grease. The butcher scraps are placed in a large metal drum securely anchored to the ground. The only animal in the woods capable of “tipping” the drum is a bear. Most of the baits also have “cookie boxes”, a metal fabricated container with a capacity for 15  gal. of cookies. The “cookie box” is securely fastened to a tree. The container is weather and rodent proof. When the bear is finished eating, the lid will automatically close. I am the only outfitter to use this innovative baiting technique. 

Tree Stands 80% of my baits have large permanent tree stands. I do recommend that each hunter bring a portable. It is mandatory for all clients hunting from tree stands to provide & wear a safety harness.  Self climbers are not recommended.

What To Bring

Normal fall deer hunting clothes & equipment-Tree stands, folding stool, hatchet or folding saw, sterno or single burner stove for grease burn, trail cameras or timers, rope, rubber gloves, compass, rain gear, rubber boots, head nets & duck tape, etc.-Hunter orange requirement (hat & vest).

Hunting Regulations and Licences

To acquire a hunting licence in Ontario, you must be 16 years of age & produce proof of previous hunting experience. The best proof is an old hunting licence from the state you reside in.




Licences (Canadian Funds) 

Bear - $255.17

Export Permit - $35.00 (required after harvest only)

Small Game - $128.84


Spring Bear - May 1st - June 15th  Fall Bear – August 15th – October 31st

Fishing Regulations and Licences




Fishing Licences (Canadian Funds) - Licence Fees Subject to Change

Sport: Conservation:

$88.92 $56.17   Seasonal

$58.06 $33.92  8-day

Canadian Gun Laws

All clients entering Canada must now register their rifles at Canadian Customs. The fee is $25.00 per weapon (Can. Funds). 

For more information on the Registration of Firearms, contact: 

Canadian Firearms Centre 

Phone:  1-800-731-4000 (open 8:30 am to 8:30 pm EST) 

E-Mail:  canadian.firearms@justice.x400.gc.ca



Filling out the form before you cross will save you time at the border.  DO NOT SIGN IT as you must sign it in front of the CBSA officer at the border crossing. It is only valid for the person that signs it and for only the listed firearms.  It does have an expiry date.



When entering Canada, you must have a passport. You are allowed to bring in bows and rifles, but no handguns or fully automatic rifles. A clip is restricted to 5 rounds. You may also bring 200 rounds of ammunition, 40 oz. of alcohol or 24 cans of beer, 1 carton of cigarettes and 50 cigars; duty free.  



How much can I bring back to the U.S. duty-free?https://help.cbp.gov/app/answers/detail/a_id/246/~/duty--free-exemption

Locker Service

Free locker service is available. 

We skin your bear, free of charge.

Form 33

The Form 33 is a permit required by all clients to confirm that a client is hunting with a registered Bear Outfitter.  I provide all clients with a Form 33.

Our Clients

All hunters are welcome to hunt with me. I have areas set-up for bow-hunters, rifle hunters and those wishing to hunt with muzzle loaders. I believe that so long as an Outfitter recognizes the requirements for each group of sportsmen and the needs for an individual hunter, he will be able to successfully accommodate all groups of sportsmen.

ATV Requirements

To legally operate an A.T.V. in Ontario, the driver must have liability  insurance, an R.V. sticker and wear a helmet.  A.T.V.’s are not permitted on some numbered highways.


It costs more to mail a letter to Canada than within the U.S.A.  

Distances From Wawa

Sault Ste. Marie …140 miles

Mackinaw Bridge …195 miles

Mt. Pleasant …350 miles

Grand Rapids …437 miles

Saginaw …397 miles

Detroit …491 miles

Green Bay …426 miles

Chicago …607 miles