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Bear Hunting

I have never hunted Black Bear, so I am looking for some starter advice. I have a couple of good areas in AZ. That I have been seeing some bears, but to tell you the truth I wouldn't know a big bear from a small bear.

I am really getting excited to start up something new. Any help would be appreciated. I am a hunter but Elk and Deer is what I crave. Maybe I can add this to the list.

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Black bear hunting

bigalwapiti,

One of the hardest things to do while bear hunting is field judging them. It takes years of looking over lots and lots of them. If you are hunting them over a particular water hole you can tie a flag in a tree about three feet up from the bottom and if his back is at or above the flag he is a good one. If the bear looks like he has short front legs and his ears look far apart he will typically be a good bear.

Good luck and good hunting!

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Thanks for responding. I was just getting ready to check and see if baiting in AZ is aloud. WOuld baiting around an active water hole be a good tactic? I have a couple of water holes that I have seen some bears. They dont visit everyday and seem to come to the water in the middle of the day.

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If you are able to bait I would not put the bait near the water hole, especially if you are hunting elk there. I would set it up a in good cover some distance away from your water hole. Cheap dog food and old doughnuts work well.

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I was always told that on a

I was always told that on a bear size to look at its ears.  If the ears look big compared to his head then he is a young bear and if they look small then he is a larger one.  And you can not use bait. 

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I agree with elkkill

I agree with elkkill about putting up a marker of some sort to judge his height by. You will find a few things to indicate a bears size...but experience is your best teacher; and sometimes that can fail you as well. Ive hunted with some hound guys here who have seen many bear, and on occasion they still get fooled.  I'm not sure how you plan on hunting them...but if they get in close they tend to grow, lol.  If you have a game cam, you can judge the pics.....then post and have others judge it, and see if you're in the ballpark with others. Anyway, I found this on the web and it has some good info. Good luck, let us know how you do.Thumbs up

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by Bobb Robb

1. Ears. Big bears appear to have small ears, because their heads are so large. A small bear will have ears that appear to be relatively large, sitting more on the very top of the head. The larger the bear, the more the ears appear to be on the side of the head. Also, a record-book class bear will have ears that are probably at least 8 inches apart between the inside tips.

2. Front Feet. Measure the track of a front pad, add one, change inches to feet, and you have the approximate size the bear's hide will square. Thus, a 5½-inch foot pad will carry a 6½-foot boar. Females rarely have front feet that exceed 4½ inches in length. It must be stressed that this is just a rule of thumb, and there are exceptions to every rule. With bears, though, these exceptions are few and far between.

3. Body Length. A female rarely exceeds 5½ feet in length. Mature males are longer than that, with many trophy-class bears often measuring more than 6 feet from nose to tail.

4. Snout. Big bears have what appears to be a short, squarish snout. We often refer to these snouts as a "stovepipe nose" set on a squarish head. Younger bears and females have what appears to be a longish, pointed snout set on a more sloping head.

5. Beer Belly. A big male will have a large belly, even in spring, that will appear to almost brush the ground when he walks. This belly is much more defined in fall than in spring, when bears have yet to put on their winter weight. Younger bears have smaller, flatter bellies.

6. Height. A larger-than-average bear, when standing on all fours, will have a backline that reaches to, or above, the waist of an average-size man. If there is an upright 55-gallon drum at a bait site, it will have a pair of rings around it. If the bear's backline reaches above the second ring, it's a good bear.

7. Cubs. Big boars are loners, except during the rut, which occurs in late spring and early summer. Boars hate cubs. If there are cubs with a larger bear, it's a female. If the cubs scamper up a tree and the female begins to act nervous, get ready--a boar has possibly moved in.

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Great information from everyone. Thanks to all. I can not bait I guess. Bear season will start October 1st in AZ. I hope I get a chance to see them then. We will be Elk Huntinf first. Using hounds would be a great option, but I can not afford it this season. I will print the information on judging bears, that seems to be something worth doing.

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u better have a big enuff gun

u better have a big enuff gun 2 take down a big black bear tho and u best no even try 2 corner a bear cause if u do they will attack and 1 more thing me and a couplez of buddies of mine shot this 1 bear 12 times before it had died so ya so u best have a really big gun but now i hunt with my dads old 303 brittish war war 2 gun lol so wat eva gets in my sites it is dead lol have fun

 

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If you're hunting bears in AZ and are in areas with prickley pear cactus look for bears in the pears.

They like the fruit that comes off the cactus.

 

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