Arizona Black Bear Hunt

Discussion in 'Nature Photography' started by tweinberg, Oct 7, 2007.

  1. tweinberg

    tweinberg Member

    Oct 7, 2007
    This week my good friend Ron Wood and I were able to bag a respectable
    Black Bear in the Mogollion Rim country of Arizona. We were at about 7,800 feet
    and almost 4 miles from the closest dirt road.

    Previous scouting trips told us there were bears doing business in groves of
    oak trees near a remote water tank. We staked out the water hole and the
    250 pound boar showed up right on schedule.

    He was dispatched with a clean shot to the front shoulder and heart with a
    150 grain Winchester 270 at about 58 yards.

    Elation soon turned to absolute hard work as we prepared the bear for
    taxidermy, the dinner table, and the loooooong backpack hike out. I havn't
    been this tired since my last packing out of an elk.

    For those of you in bear populous states like Alaska, Montana or Idaho, this
    may seem like a small bear. Bear in mind that Arizona only has Black Bears,
    and in Arizona a 350 pound bear is a giant sized bear.

    Here are a trio of photos of our bear. Many thanks go out to my
    compadre, amourer, tracker, guide and good friend Ron Wood.


    Last edited: Oct 16, 2007
  2. bwaites

    bwaites Well-Known Member

    Jun 24, 2007
    VERY nice Arizona bear!

    Everytime someone says its a small bear, just ask them if they would like to be in the same room with him alive!

    250 pounds for a warm weather bear IS big!


  3. royinidaho

    royinidaho Writers Guild

    Jan 20, 2004
    Very nice bear and hunt. Sorry about all the work but tuff knuggies;)

    +1 for the ol' 270:)