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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.

Monday, April 5, 2010

In Search of Arizona Black Bear (Part 1)

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: