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Arizona Bear Hunts

Arizona bear hunts are world class with an extremely high percentage of color phase bears.

  • Arizona has guaranteed, OTC bear tags.
  • Spring Hunts -The May and June dates have excellent weather in the 7,000 ft elevation Ponderosa mountains of Arizona.
  • Fall Hunts – Hunt with hounds, spot and stalk or sit water on fall hunts.
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Arizona offers some fantastic opportunities for black bear hunting that many hunters may not be fully aware of. The abundance of record book size black bears, coupled with the availability of over-the-counter bear tags, make our Arizona bear hunts compelling for hunters in the know.

While mule deer and elk hunting often steal the spotlight in Arizona, it’s clear that the state has more to offer, especially for those interested in pursuing black bears. The underutilized nature of these opportunities could be a hidden gem for hunters looking to diversify their experiences and potentially bag a record-sized bear.

White Mountain Apache Bear Hunting

This outfitter has been operating White Mountain Apache bear hunting since 1982, producing an impressive number of Boone and Crockett black bears. Tags are purchased by the outfitter from the Tribal Game and Fish Department. Each hunter may purchase up to two tags per year, and there can be up to four hunters in camp per week.

Specializing in trophy quality black bear hunting.

The White Mountain Apache Nation is home to some of the premier black bear hunting in the world. Known for having large color phase bears, the Tribal biologist estimates that 50% of all the bears on the Reservation are color phase. For this specific hunting unit, we believe this number to be even higher!

You truly have free reign to choose to hunt however you wish, and the outfitter will cater to your wants and needs.

  • The outfitter has highly trained hounds that excel year round on both mountain lion and black bear.
  • You can hunt over bait sites, with either a rifle or a bow.
  • You can spot-and-stalk, or sit water in the hot summer months.

For the spring/summer hunting season, each outfitter is assigned their own area. This outfitter operates in Area 1. Arizona has strived to manage the bear population in this unit to produce old mature boars. It is the goal to have a sow harvest percentage of less than 10% annually. They have met that goal yearly, without fail.

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arizona bear hunts with hounds

The Arizona houndsman that we recommend has great success on big boars.

The combination of using hounds in the morning and glassing for bears in the evenings adds variety and adventure to the hunting trip.

The process of hunting bears with hounds, approaching the treed bear, and deciding whether to harvest it offers a unique and hands-on hunting experience. The afternoon stalks are based around the bears’ food sources adds an element of strategy to the hunt.

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Angela admiring her Arizona black bear.

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Here at Outdoors International, we pride ourselves on having a team of highly experienced and knowledgeable consultants. They are passionate about ensuring your hunting experience surpasses all expectations. We understand the importance of meticulous planning and seamless logistics for a successful hunt. Ask us about our Arizona bear hunts today.

11 reviews for Arizona Bear Hunts

  1. Matt Janes

    The guides know the plan and execute on it. Trust their judgement. They want you to kill a great bear and have a good experience.

  2. Mark Wood

    I had the bear of my dreams. It made the Boone and Crockett record book.

  3. Andrew Hickey

    This is a top notch outfit! The outfitter along with guides Mike and Lane made this hunt a memory of a lifetime for my daughter Chloe and I.

  4. Trevor Shepherd

    Great black bear hunt! You get to see a lot of bears. high success harvest. Multiple opportunities to harvest. Hunting over bait barrel, and hunting with hounds.

  5. Zac Dickerson

    My black bear hunt was amazing! The camp and accommodations where very well put together. I enjoyed all the knowledge the guide had about bears and our success proved it. I highly recommend these guys.

  6. Jeff Cullumber

    My outfitter was fantastic! Had my own tent that they set up for me. Great food and first class equipment

  7. Michael Hickey

    Top Rate. Great bear hunt with an A+ outfit.

  8. Dale Parrish

    This was a trip of a lifetime for me to take a Pope and Young black bear.

  9. Joni Rowell

    This was a great trip. I have always wanted to go bear hunting and he gave me this amazing opportunity and it was a very successful hunt.

  10. Angela Myrick

    I loved that trip and my experience bear hunting in Arizona with this outfitter. I highly recommend him to everyone!

  11. Rex Myrick

    This was our best outfitted hunt that we have ever had.

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My hunt was absolutely top notch.

The outfitter is a fantastic man and incredibly hard working and knowledgeable, there is no doubt he will do everything within his power to make peoples hunts successful and enjoyable. I plan to do it again with him next year for sure.

Wade Zuver

Our hunt was excellent.

We saw bucks every day along with all other sorts of wildlife. Mountain goats, bears, and foxes were common sights. Fishing and crabbing was special bonus. The food was excellent, the crew was amazing. Outdoors International did a great job of finding exactly what we were looking for.

Jesse Neveau

What an amazing experience!

The hunting lodge was out of this world!, Rooms, food and the scenery were all A+. Our guide was exceptional and had us on Shiras moose all five days. We saw over 30 total with at least 10 bulls. They had a plan for everything including taxidermy and game processing.

Kayla Redmon