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New Mexico - Spring Black Bear

Hello all! 

Well, I was one of the lucky ones to draw a spring Valle Vidal Bear hunt this year!  I am super excited, but now feel extremely unprepared.  I have been up to that area several times and am generally familiar with the terrain and area, but I have not seen any bears up there yet. 

This is my first bear hunt, so any tips would be great...what is the best way to find the bears, call, spot & stalk...any areas that may be particulary better than others etc.  Thanks everyone!

 

 

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I know nothing about bear

I know nothing about bear hunting in New Mexico, but I wanted to say welcome tothe site, and congratulations!

Best of luck!!!

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I would imagine that the

I would imagine that the spring bear hunt there wouldn't be any different than any other area.  The bears will be feeding quite a bit and I would be willing to bet that glassing large open meadows or clear cuts in the timber is going to be the most productive so spot and stalking would be what I would be doing. 

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Wish I could help but good

Wish I could help but good luck on your hunt!!!!

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valle vidal spring bear hunt

I was also one of the lucky ones to draw a spring bear hut in the valle vidal this spring.  I have contacted over 30 different outfitters and no one I have spoken to really knows much about this hunt other than they have all said they were jealous of me.  None of the guys I spoke with had any special bear knowledge of the area and only a few had ever actually hunted the fall elk season in this region because of how difficult it is to draw tags in this region.

I spoke to the local game warden and he was pretty sure it would not be overly difficult to locate the bears as they would be feeding on the greens and berries near the meadows and roads.  

I am planning to hunt solo unless my brother can join me.

 

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Very cool Mark! 

Very cool Mark!  Congrats!

Hopefully you will be able to hook up with someone who does indeed have knowledge of the bears in that area, and they will point you in the right direction.

Best of luck.  We look forward to a successful report!! Yes

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valle vidal spring bear hunt

I am going to be there April 1st how about you?

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I would be a lot more envious

I would be a lot more envious if that tag was for a big bull in the Fall!!!

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I will likely be up there on

I will likely be up there on the 1st as well with two of my young boys.  Good Luck!

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Re: Bear Hunt

Sorry for the late post. I also drew a spring bear tag for the Valle Vidal. I successfully harvested a 3-4year old male cinammon bear. We went up there April 15 but after vigorous scouting, the bears were not out yet. I went the last weekend of the hunt in May and got a bear. I shot the bear 1/2 mile west of the rock wall and 1/2 a mile north of the FR1950. There was fresh bear track all over. He was in the thick trees, 50 yard visibility. This was my first bear and my first bear hunt. This was my friend Matthew first hunt ever so pretty intense for him. Big smile Check out his story and pictures of the bear at http://huntingtagsonline.com/hto-blog

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