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Far better is it to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure... than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much, because they live in a gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat. ~Theodore Roosevelt

Basin & Range Outdoors was created to share the adventures experienced by two brothers in the American West. From the highest alpine terrains to the lowest sonoran deserts we will chronicle the pain and triumph that accompanies all of our outdoor pursuits.

There will be no high-fence hunts, no fly fishing lodges, no streamside caviar and wine breaks. Instead, you can expect cold nights sleeping in the dirt, flat tires on old trucks, and big dreams realized on small budgets. With Basin & Range Outdoors you will find useful reviews of hunting and fly fishing products, techniques, locations, and a general review of our outdoor expeditions on public land.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Bears of Spring Past

Since moving to Arizona six years ago I have been consumed by hunting black bears.    Of all of my outdoor pursuits, I enjoy nothing more than calling bears and catching brown trout (with steelhead a close third).  I would give up all other outdoor pleasures if I could pass the time chasing those two critters. Fishing for browns in AZ isn't great, so subsequently I have concentrated most of my time on
thinking about and hunting black bears.  With Arizona's 2010 spring bear hunt coming to a close the 29th, I will spend my summer planning the perfect fall hunt (and getting over a couple mistakes I made during this springs hunt which prevented me from harvesting a massive old boar).  While filing a few 2010 pictures in my bear folder, I came across pictures of bears from the past few years.   Seeing these pictures again helps me forget the dissapointments of this springs hunt and motivates me to work hard scouting and in the gym in preperation for the fall hunt.  I will be scouting and setting game cameras periodically throughout the summer and will post all of the results.

A big thanks to the trusted hunting partners that made these bear hunts so enjoyable: C. Harper, B. Martin, C. Buckels, and K. Kwake.