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Sunday, April 11, 2010

Another Tough Day Searching for AZ Black Bear

Chris H., Mark G., and I put in another tough day of hunting in Mogollon Rim country.  The party started with Chris and I meeting at our rendezvous point at 3:00am to head up the hill together and meet Mark.  The party didn't end until pulled into my driveway at 10:38pm.  It was a long day that produced very
little.  We saw plenty of coues deer, mule deer and turkey but didn't see any bear.  A couple of the old-time bear hunters that I call for council on these topics seem to think that the tough winter experienced in the high country has the bears venturing from their dens later than in the past.  The few bears they have seen were very sluggish and moving slowly; only showing mild interest in the call.  This was not the report I wanted.  Seeing my hopes dashing, both seasoned bear hunters mentioned that the best hunting will likely be the last week of the season.  So the hunt will continue with fervor...

Coffee stop:
A decent coues deer buck photographed with a digital camera through my binoculars:

A group of mule deer seen in the pine flats:

Mark and Chris looking over canyons that have produced bears in the past