James Gary Shelton's bestselling books have become the authoritative text on bear behaviour and how to survive a bear attack. It has become essential reading for those who work in parks, forestry or anyone who plans to use the wild country on a recreational basis. Chapters include human/bear conflict history, bear biology, bear aggressive behaviour, predacious attacks and bear encounter survival strategies to name a few.

The course includes:

  • An in-depth look at bear protection devices
  • Bear psychology
  • Bear and bear sign identification
  • Bear anatomy
  • Avoidance strategies
  • Encounter strategies
  • Firearm and ammunition familiarization and selection
  • Practical firearm training
  • Bear attack survival tactics

What you will receive

  • A certificate of attendance outlining all topics covered for your employer and records from Silvercore (a federal firearms training school).
  • A course book outlining all the major teaching points for your future reference.

Safety is paramount, all of our instruction is done by federally certified firearms instructors and our instructor to student ratio exceeds the government standard.

All firearms, ammunition, and safety gear can be made available if requested ahead of time.

We offer this as a 1 day Basic Bear Defence which is geared towards the average outdoorsman/woman and a 2-day Advanced Bear Defence geared towards the professional working in bear country. The 2-day course goes into greater detail on the subjects above and is geared towards demonstrating complete due diligence from a business standpoint and includes certification.

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.

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  • A valid PAL
  • Read and accept Silvercore Advanced Training System’s Refund Policy.


If you do not have your own equipment, Silvercore provides rental packages. Firearms are subject to availability so contact us early.


The student is responsible for bringing their own shotgun equipped with a field appropriate sling, preferably two point. If the student does not have access to a shotgun, arrangements can be made with Silvercore to rent one.


The student is required to bring a minimum of 100 rounds of 7 1/2 shot ammunition, 10 rounds of 00 Buck and 25 slugs for this training course. (the use of slugs will depend on range location requirements)

Ammunition can be purchased through Silvercore if advanced notice is given.

Personal safety equipment

You will need a supporting shoe with good traction, a billed hat (baseball hat), quality wraparound eye protection, and hearing protection. Eye and hearing protection are mandatory for everyone on the range. Shirt 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.

Safety Equipment can be arranged through Silvercore with advanced notice

Student Testimonials

“Absolutely terrific and professional!!”
- Don
“Awesome course, awesome instructor, taught me everything I needed to know for the testing.”
- Gobind
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