Arizona Black Bear Hunts
The quantity of black bears in Arizona is not extremely high, but the quality of the bears is why most hunters book Arizona black bear hunts.
This can be a very unusual and unique way to hunt black bears spot and stalk. Most hunters will see multiple bears a day and the percentage of color phase is extremely high. If you are looking for a spot and stalk bear hunt, with a twist, this hunt is the one. Some bears travel to the lower desert elevations of their mountain ranges looking for prickly pear cactus fruit, which is very sweet and high in calories. This phenomenon is often called “Bears in the Pears.”
Hunting season in Arizona is early, and hot. In August through September (our typical hunting season), Arizona black bears come out of the high country in search of fat-building food sources. You won’t be running hounds or baiting on this hunt. It is a glassing and Spot-and-stalk style bear hunt. Hunts are conducted mainly out of four wheel drive vehicles with horses and mules also available for packing.
This is a different kind of black bear hunt. You will be hunting in the desert. Some AZ black bears travel to the lower desert elevations of their mountain ranges looking for prickly pear cactus fruit, which is very sweet and high in calories. This phenomenon is often called “Bears in the Pears.” Other bears may travel to areas with a high concentration of acorns, juniper berries or manzanita berries. What the bears are feeding on dictates where and how you hunt. Arizona bears get BIG, and comes in all color phases, from blonde, cinnamon, chocolate, to coal black.
The former #8 SCI world record black bear was taken in the desert of AZ and weighed over 500 pounds.” ~Russ Meyer