Arizona public black bear first time

Discussion in 'Bear Hunting' started by Metzger, Sep 26, 2018.

  1. Metzger

    Metzger Well-Known Member

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    Hi, I am planning my first DIY black bear hunt in Arizona. I need some expertise in a specific area to hunt next week :eek::eek: Currenly areas full tags for females are 29 and 30A. Areas 6A, 22 south and 23 south have no tags left.
     
  2. dennisinaz

    dennisinaz Well-Known Member

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    You are better off in 27 right now. They are still in the prickly pears until the acorns come on strong. Prickly pears are about 5000-5400'. Good areas are along the lower Blue and Middle section of Eagle creek.
    Plenty up higher but much harder to find.
     
  3. Metzger

    Metzger Well-Known Member

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    Currently in Alpine and hunting 27. I have been over the 7000' mark. I will check out lower elevations. Are you familiar with Smith canyon area?
     

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    dennisinaz Well-Known Member

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    Yes, I hunted elk there one year. Didn't think of it as a bear areas. Remember with bears, it all about the groceries and being off the beaten path. Either find acorns, juniper berries or jump down to the prickly pears.
     
  5. dennisinaz

    dennisinaz Well-Known Member

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    We killed a nice one in 31 today.
     
  6. Peregrine82

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    An area a lot of people dismiss is Unit 19A
     
  7. Metzger

    Metzger Well-Known Member

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    Well after 13 days I was unsuccessful at finding a bear. I spent about 7 days in unit 27. Might head back to unit 27 next week.
     
  8. dennisinaz

    dennisinaz Well-Known Member

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    13 days and no bears???
     
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    That's unbearable! :D Sorry, I'm no help, but I couldn't resist.....
     
  10. dennisinaz

    dennisinaz Well-Known Member

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    OUCH