Black Bear Hunting Arizona
Most hunters know all about the great deer and elk hunting found in Arizona but very few hunters realize that Arizona black bear hunting is VERY good. With a great population of record book size black bears, it is a good place to hunt. Arizona black bears tend to run slightly smaller in body size than their northern counterparts but what they may lack in body they make up for with skull size. Most bear hunters ignore Arizona black bear hunting, leaving A LOT of record book bear hunting opportunities underutilized.
“Bears in the Pears”
The terrain that you will be doing your Arizona black bear hunting in will surprise you. Many Arizona black bears can be found in low desert country! They LOVE to feed on prickly pear cactus, they call it “Bears in the Pears.” Don’t let it fool you though. There are plenty of trophy sized bruins… and many of them are color phased.
Spot and Stalk is the Game
It is illegal to bait for bears in Arizona, so the most effective bear hunting strategy is finding a food source and glass for a monster bear. Once you find a shooter, plan a stalk or try some predator calling…. which can get exciting.
State Record Arizona Black Bear
This huge black bear scores 22 2/16″ and was taken in 2004 by Edward F. Balmes in Unit 17A.