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Bear Hunt has a New Location!

May 17-23!!

The Metropolis Complex Welcomes us in 2023!!

Registration Open

Welcome to the Metropolis Complex!

bear hunt XXIII

Dear CBL Members and Bear Hunt XXIII Attendees,

On behalf of the Bear Hunt XXIII Planning Team and the Carolina Bear Lodge Board of Directors, we would like to welcome you to the Metropolis Complex for Bear Hunt in 2023!

The Metropolis Complex's welcoming and friendly staff is getting ready for us and will help us settle into this great new place on May 17 - May 21th, 2023.

We are ready to present you... Bear Hunt  XXIII "RETROBEAR: Time Machine."

We will be adding new games, events and the same level of hospitality and fun as always. Welcome to Bear Hunt XXIII!

We have some amazing activities, games and parties being planned that will blow your mind. This will be the Bear Hunt not to miss!!!

The Metropolis Complexs welcoming and friendly staff is getting ready for us and will help us settle into a new place May 11 - May 14th, 2023.

Your run package will include:

>>>> A pre-mixer Wednesday evening
>>>> Access to all Bear Hunt XXIII activities
>>>> Drinks Thursday, Friday and Saturday afternoons
>>>> Music, Adult Snow Cones and Beer by the pool

>>>> Meals on Thursday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday
>>>> Access to stay at the host resort or overflow facility
>>>> Run bag full of goodies and a T-shirt (TBD)
>>>> And hours of fun with all the HOT BEARS,

          CUBS, OTTERS, etc.

Please review our incredible roster of events, accommodations and services below.

Bear Hunt is one of the few Bear Runs mentioned on Wikipedia under gay bear culture, and CBL is working hard to plan another Olympic spectacle. When you purchase your run package, you will receive a confirmation email with codes, special links, and phone numbers needed to book your room at the resort.  NOTE: You will need to call the resort directly.

Raffle drawings and other activities are held as fundraisers.

You can pre-purchase charity tickets on our donation page to be used for the raffles and other fundraising activities. These charity tickets are being sold $1 per ticket, you can purchase more charity tickets at the event. To purchase your charity bucks click here.

FULL members must be logged in and have an active membership to receive their discount.  

Save the date for Augusta Georgia's First Bear Hunt  >> Bear Hunt XXIII.

Robert Lee,
Chair of Bear Hunt XXIII

"We can't wait to see you guys!"

2023 Tentative Schedule

Wednesday, May 17th

4 pm – 7 pm                     Happy Hour at the Capri             

6 pm - 7:30 pm               Early Bird Registration at the Capri

6 pm                                  Chicken Wings & Beareoke / Meet & Greet

Thursday, May 18th        

2 pm - 5 pm                    Pool, and Hot Tub; Music ::: 70’s Music

6 pm - 7:30 pm               Registration at the Capri ::: Pizza Party!

8 pm                                  Mr. Bear Hunt Contest (Swim wear) ::: @Executive Inn Pool                             

9 pm                                  Doors Open @ Edge Nightclub ::: 70’s Dance Party! 

11 pm                                Late Night Munchies ::: Cafe Deck

Late Night Movie ::: Pool


Friday, May 19th  

8-10 am                           The Poolside Cafe ::: Breakfast Service

9 am                                   Mimosas & Bloody Marys ::: Sponsored by

12 pm                               Cocktails by the Pool ::: Vibrator Races!! ::: 80’s Music DJ

2 pm                                  Cocktails (sponsor) ::: Picnic ::: Burgers & Hot Dogs

4 pm                                  Happy Hour @ Capri Lounge 2 for 1 drinks until 7 pm

5 pm                                  Bad Bear Bingo at the Poolside Cafe Deck

6 pm                                  Dinner ::: The Poolside Cafe

9 pm                                  Doors Open @ Edge Nightclub ::: Retro Bear’s 80’s music!! Dress up in 80s fashion!

                                           Mr Bear Hunt Contest – The Interview/Fetish gear @ Edge Nightclub

11 pm                                Pig Pen Opens @ Parliament Resort ::: Toy Box Door Prizes

Late Night Movie by the pool


Saturday, May 20th         

8-10 am                           The Poolside Cafe Breakfast Service

9 am                                  Mimosas & Bloody Marys ::: Sponsored by

12 pm                                Lunch ::: The Poolside Cafe

12:30 pm                          Adult Snow Cones by the Pool ::: Lubed & Furious game

2 pm                                 Jello Shots and Naked Human Battleship!!!!

6 pm                                  Dinner ::: The Poolside Cafe ::: More Vibrator Races!!

4 pm                                  Happy Hour @ Capri Lounge 2 for 1 drinks until 7 pm

7 pm                                  Mr Bear Hunt, Raffle, and Final Announcements!!! Be Present to WIN!!!

9 pm                                  Doors Open @ Edge Nightclub :: Mr Bear Hunt Celebration

90’s Night – Glow Party!!

11 pm                                Pig Pen Opens @ Parliament Resort

Sunday, May 21st

8 am – 10 am                   Farewell Breakfast

10 – 2pm                          “Good to the last drop” Party by the pool.

Bear Hunt 2023
May 17th thru 21st

Registration gets you a Bear Hunt Event Pass (wrist Band)

$95.00 per person and $80 for CBL Members


1250 Gordon Highway • Augusta, GA 30901 • Ph: (706) 722-1155

Rates are good for up to 2 people/room.

$25 Additional fee for 3rd or 4th person per night.

Does not include tax & Key Deposit

"Standard Rates - 2023"

Click Here For Rate Information


Cancellations Must Be Made At Least 14 Days Prior To Your Arrival Date.

Additionally, a valid major credit card and photo identification are required at check-in.

Weekly Rates Are available and vary upon room.


The Bear Hunt Planning Team

2023 Registration Prices

Price Increases Dec 1st. & April 1st.

CBL Member $80
Non-Member $95

What's Included..

  • Access to all Bear Hunt activities including parties, contests, and side events.
  • Meals on Thuirsday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday.
  • Event Sponsored cocktail parties
  • Hours of fun with all the hot bears!
  • and... so much more!!!

By registering online, I certify that I agree to the following statement: I do hereby certify that I am at least twenty-one (21) years of age. Additionally, I do hereby release and forever discharge the Bears Hunt committee, the Carolina Bear Lodge Board of Directors, officers and members, heirs and successors, executors and administrators, hereafter listed as CBL, from any and all claims of any kind or nature whatsoever, either in law or equity, arising from my attendance or participation in any activities during Bear Hunt 2023 in Augusta, GA, including any official or unofficial activities either onsite or offsite. Also, I do forever release and discharge CBL from any criminal or civil action which I may have a right to bring as a result of my participation in or attendance at Bear Hunt 2023. 

I will abide by all CBL, resort, local, state, and federal laws, ordinances, rules and regulations. This includes but is not limited to: disorderly conduct or use of illegal drugs on resort property. I understand that failure to do so may result in expulsion from the event and premises, and forfeiture of all fees and costs associated with my attendance.

Carolina Bear Lodge cannot control what photos are taken and where they are posted and I understand that it is my personal responsibility to inform any photographers if I do not wish my picture taken. If you do see a photo on the website you can email to have it removed at any time.

When registering if you take advantage of CBL member pricing, you must remain a member during the year the event is actually held, or pay the difference in package pricing if you fail to renew.

We require that all Bears Hunt attendees wear wrist bands to prove participation. Those not registered with Bears Hunt will not be able to participate in events or meals.

By clicking the button below and continuing with the event registration you are thereby electronically agreeing to the 2023 registration agreement.

2023 Mr Bear Hunt Competition


Below are the requirements to compete:

  • All contestants must be 21+ years of age
  • Contestants from any country are eligible to compete


The winner will receive the following prize package from Carolina Bear Lodge

  • $100 Gift Card
  • 2023 Run Pass

History of bear hunt

Carolina Bear Lodge’s Bear Hunt began as a simple camping trip on Hunting Island, S.C., in 2001. The second event was so successful that organizers decided a camping format could not sustain the large numbers of attendees who were interested in returning each year. So the event was moved to a small hotel in Myrtle Beach S.C., with the initial theme of a Hawaiian Luau.

Following years, Bear Hunt went though many transformations to make the event bigger and better. Each event featured unique themes: "The Search for the Big Kahuna," "Return of the Big Kahuna," "Surrender the Booty," "Malestrom" (Viking theme), "Furs and Spurs" (Cowboy theme) and "Bear Trek." The 2011 smash hit “The Homecoming: Be All You Can Bear” was a military theme with nod towards local gay history and the war effort in Horry County, S.C., and the 2012 theme was “Crusades: All Bears United Under One Flag.” Both of these events were at a new venue for Bear Hunt, “The Carolinian” Best Western Plus Beach Resort.

Bear Hunt XIII “Pirates of the Bearibbean: The Search for Bear Booty,” Bear Hunt XVI “Bears Back to the 80s,” Bear Hunt XV “Super Bears & Wonder Cubs,” Bear Hunt XVI: “Bears on the Bayou,” Bear Hunt XVII “Jungle Jam: Bears on Safari,” and Bear Hunt XVIII “Truck Stop: Bears on Convoy,” Bear Hunt XIX: “The 4 Bears of Mount Olympus,” Bear Hunt XX: "The Bear-veley Hillbillies" were all held at the Ocean Park Resort. Bear Hunt XXI: "Bearadise Island" will also be at the Ocean Park Resort.

Carolina Bear Lodge in Review

The Carolina Bear Lodge (CBL) was founded in February 1994 in Charlotte, N.C., by a group of six hairy and masculine guys who decided they didn’t fit into the stereotype of a “normal” gay man. In forming CBL, they wanted to give this new bear community a place to call their own and a means to socialize in an accepting environment. CBL prides itself on giving all the opportunity for fellowship and to serve in leadership roles as members of an organized group.

Membership was primarily from those living in North and South Carolina, but now members from a number of other states are represented. From the beginning, CBL sought to unify the bear community spiritually and geographically. We believe we are a unique example of cooperation and sustainability for a movement that remains relevant and is still expanding today.

CBL has been fortunate to have many forward-thinking leaders since its inception; these volunteers have worked diligently to provide fun, sexy and safe events for the lodge’s members and friends.

One of the lodge’s longest-running gatherings happens annually – CBLs Anniversary Event which is held every February.

Another fun, free event for CBL members is Daddy Bear Luau Picnic, held in June/July. For the past few years, two board members have hosted the event at their home. Besides fun around the pool, the event features a luncheon and a “Top Chef Bear” cooking contest.

The CBL annual Christmas Party concludes the calendar year of activities. The party is hosted by a board member in a different location in North or South Carolina. Watch the for email blasts for more information.

CBL is dedicated to being a vibrant, progressive and responsive organization for its members; feel free to offer feedback and suggestions. Also, members can submit proposals for new events.

Bear Hunt XIX Sponsors

Bears Fur All

Capital City Bears

Careteam Plus

DJ Gary

Douglas-Hensley Photography

Flex Club

Frito Lay

Massage by Lukus

Call 678-66RELAX for appointments

North American Bear

Out Of Bounds

Parliament Resort

Smokin' Cardinal Sisters

Spunk Lube

Torso Menswear

Tidal Wave Party

Ultra Nate

Unlimited Bear & Cub

Beau &

2 Bears Custom Graphics

Steves Leather


    The CBL Bear Hunt Planning Team is happy to announce this year’s charity. In an effort to give back to the Augusta GA community, 100% of the Bear Hunt charity funds are going to Golden Harvest Food Bank. Its mission is to lead the fight against hunger. To learn more, visit the website

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