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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

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.

Course fee

  • $295 + tax (ammo extra)

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 2-day Professional Bear Defence course geared towards people working in bear country. The 2-day Professional 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 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 or 20 gauge)
  • 2 point sling (required)


  • 100 rounds of 7 1/2 Bird Shot
  • 10 rounds of 00 Buck Shot
  • 25 slugs (the use of slugs will depend on range location requirements)


  • 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)

Silvercore can provide a courtesy firearm and safety gear, if advanced notice is given. Ammunition can also be purchased through Silvercore. Please note that only ammunition purchased through Silvercore may be used in our courtesy firearms.

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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