Our outfitters in the Gila are telling us the ranchers are begging them to kill some bears they are so many of them right now and they are telling us they are really good size bears too, weight and skull sizes. They hunt units 13, 15, 16a&d ,17. Not sure which of these 5 units are best for bear but I am sure you can find that out easy enough. They are running in the high 90's % on successes. These are rough terrain units so be in shape. The Gila is in what they're calling a 20 year drought so water is a premium for them right now and the water holes are the hot deal. Spot and stalk, but especially hunt any water holes that have fresh bear sign around them.
MtCop, Going from Alaska to New Mexico, especially in the summer would be a challenge. Your blood should thin out soon. Good to hear you went fishing. I didn't draw my Ibex tag so I won't be headed to the Florida Mountains this year. Did you get any of those coveted NM tags, yet?
Not good. Seems we were a littel early. Was hiking back to camp one evening and 10 yds in front of me popped out a 9ft Brown Bear. Before I could get my rifle off my shoulder he was gone. Luckily he didn't come at me or I prob would not be here. Some pics.
There can be too much of a good thing with antler rattling.
I like to hit the horns together for a good 30- to 40-second rattling sequence and then hang them up and resist the urge to hit them again.
This works to the hunter's advantage, because if a buck has heard it, he may have been 300 or 400 yards away and he comes in and he's not exactly sure where it came from.
When finally is time to rattle again throw a slight change-up into the routine.
The second time, don't rattle as loud...