I spent all day Saturday hiking the backcountry of the Mogollon Rim. Most of the day was spent behind binoculars looking for black bear. We weren’t lucky enough to see any bears and only crossed one
track. Hopefully as the temperatures rise and things green-up more bears will be out moving around.
It was an early start:
The few elk we saw appeared to be healthy. The new horn growth looked promising:
Local celebrity and bow hunting extraordinaire Chris “Hollywood” Harper...not happy with my photojournalistic tendencies.
Chris and I have hunted spring bear together for a few years and have been lucky enough to harvest a couple dandies. This year Chris is in search of an opportunity to shoot bear with his bow. In years past we have been able to call bears to within 30 yards and with any luck we will repeat that while Chris is at full draw.
Track of front paw:
Track of back paw: