This is a 1 day Bear Defence shotgun course, geared towards the average outdoorsman/woman. Silvercore has partnered with James Gary Shelton in the design of this wildlife defence program. Shelton's bestselling books have become the authoritative text on bear behaviour and how to survive a bear attack. His works have become essential reading for those who work in parks, forestry or anyone who plans to venture into the wild on a recreational basis. Safety is paramount, all of our instruction is done by federally certified firearms instructors and our instructor to student ratio exceeds government standards.

The course includes

  • An in-depth look at bear protection devices
  • Bear psychology
  • Bear and bear sign identification
  • Wildlife avoidance and encounter strategies
  • Firearm and ammunition familiarization and selection
  • Practical firearm training

Students are expected to supply their own firearm, ammunition, accessories and personal safety equipment.

Course fee

  • $470 + tax 

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Online Training

Many students take the Online Bear & Wildlife Defence Course  in conjunction with their in-person course to compliment their overall training.

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Silvercore is approved and recognized by Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC)

Anyone over the age of 16 who takes a course with Silvercore which either enables them to work or improves their skills in a recognized occupation may be eligible to claim their course fees under the education and textbook tax credits. Contact us for your T2022A tax form and check out Canada Revenue for further information.

Experience driven

Silvercore's instructor cadre has extensive experience in the outdoor industry,  law enforcement, security, military and/or competitive shooting to better help you achieve your goals. Our instructors are members of the International Association of Law Enforcement Firearms Instructors and hold active certifications through various police agencies.

For corporate and government clients

Silvercore also offers a Professional Bear Defence course geared towards people working in bear country. This course goes into greater detail on the subjects above and is geared towards demonstrating complete due diligence from a business standpoint and includes certification. Please visit the Corporate/Government section of our website for more information, or contact us today for a quote.

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  • A valid Non-Restricted PAL – Your PAL # must be provided when registering.
    (Exceptions may be made for active Law Enforcement Officers, please contact our office for details)



  • Shotgun, recommended: Pump Action (12 gauge only)
  • 2 point sling (required)


  • 100 rounds of 7 1/2 Bird Shot
  • 10 rounds of 00 Buck Shot
  • 25 slugs


  • Dress for the weather conditions
  • Supporting shoe with good traction
  • Baseball cap
  • Shirt / jacket should be form fitting at torso and cuffs as to not snag the equipment.
  • No loose collars as stray brass can get stuck down your shirt.
  • Pants should allow ample movement.

Personal safety equipment

  • Quality wraparound shooting glasses (mandatory)
  • Hearing protection. (mandatory)

Vancouver Island Courses

  • Due to range restrictions, all Bear Defence courses on Vancouver Island will have use of only Slugs.
    • 60-70 slugs required.  These must be Low Recoil and Low Energy.

Please note that neither firearm rentals nor ammunition are provided for any live fire courses and students will be required to bring their own equipment.

Waitlist Signup

Sorry, there are currently no upcoming classes scheduled for this course. Sign up our waiting list to receive email notification when course is available, or contact us for more information.

Student Testimonials

“Excellent day at the range!”
- Keith
“Great course! The instructor was terrific! Very knowledgeable and professional, I would recommend this course 100%”
- Mike
“Instructor was very knowledgeable and did extremely well in spite of the rain. Thanks.”
- Scott
“Extremely well conducted course tailored to our mixed group. The instructor was excellent! Very enjoyable! ”
- Jason
“Awesome class!!”
- Haydn
“Awesome. I will recommend to others.”
- James
“Great information and instructor. Learned a lot. Thanks!”
- Dave
“I wanted to write and say thank you for making the PAL course I completed last week both engaging and informational. ”
- Peter
“I would like to thank you for putting on the bear defence course as I believe it is very valuable and all bush workers should go through similar training. The training has already resulted in 2 situations where workers were able to avoid a confrontation by being able to understand what kind of bear they were dealing with and took a course of action to avoid such a confrontation. ”
- Louis Doyle
“It was an excellent course; it's the great instructors that make the course very interesting”
- Charles Tsoi
“The course was well prepared and fun. The instructors were experienced and devoted to teaching effectively.”
- Anonymous
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