Arizona Black Bear Hunt Outfitters

ARIZONA BLACK BEAR GUIDES

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CHASE'N THE KING, LLC

The desert Southwest offers a unique Black Bear hunting experience. We specialize in Spot-and-Stalk Arizona Black Bear Hunting. The landscape these animals live in is unparalleled in beauty and difficulty. CHASE'N THE KING's Arizona Black Bear Guides hunt on the vast and rugged public lands of the state. 

 

BLACK BEAR HUNT PACKAGES

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FULLY OUTFITTED
5 Day 1x1 3500

All Bear hunts are one Guide and one Hunter, up to 5 hunt days. Licensed guide, all meals, drinks, snacks, lodging, field care of game, camp equipment, and all items necessary for outfitting this hunt will be provided.

 

The Hunter is responsible for their weapon, tag, license, all personal items, and clothing needed for this hunt.  Camp Cook, Additional Spotter, and Filming options available.

        Resident Hunting License (37)

Non-Resident Hunting License (160)

          Resident Draw Tag (38)

 Non- Resident Draw Tag (165)

          

          Resident OTC Tag (35)

 Non- Resident OTC Tag (150)

Prices are listed Per Hunter*

 

ABOUT FALL HUNTS

Summer and Fall Over-The-Counter Arizona Black Bear Seasons:

Arizona is overlooked and underrated for trophy Black Bear hunts. The Southwest is synonymous with extreme desert climate and rugged and rocky landscapes dominated by rock and cacti. With that in mind the state accounts for a large portion of B&C Record Book class bears when directly compared to the rest of North America. Our state is represented by 80+ entries in the Boone and Crockett Club's "Records of North American Big Game 13th edition." In Arizona, the black bear is found in most woodland habitats, including pinyon-juniper, oak woodland, coniferous forest, and chaparral. With this wide range in habitat and distribution, Arizona presents a unique bear hunting experience unlike any other place on earth. 

Color phase bears are predominant in Arizona. More than half of the bears we locate in a given year fall into the color phase category. Black bears come in a variety of colors including two-toned, chocolate brown, cinnamon, blonde, and jet black. This makes AZ a premier bear-hunting destination if you are looking for trophy color phase black bear.

How Long are these Hunts?

The Summer Arizona Black Bear season is separated into two hunts: early August and late August through early September. The Fall Arizona Black Bear season generally runs from October through December. We offer Fully Outfitted Spot-and-Stalk style Arizona Black Bear hunts. Two 6-day Guaranteed-Hunt-Dates occur in August (Friday-Wednesday) these hunts offer the highest chance of success but are limited in availability. The October late season hunts offer far greater availability and cooler weather conditions to hunt in.

Hunts are booked in 5-day increments with the option to add additional days if the season remains open. High harvest rates in the early season generally restrict the hunt to the minimum allocated days by the AZGFD. Arizona Black Bear seasons are determined by hunt and annual Female Harvest Quotas, when quotas are reached in a Game Management Unit the Black Bear season for that unit will close the following Wednesday at sundown. 

About the Units:

 

Open units vary greatly between the seasons. Summer hunts in Arizona's Chaparral country can expect temps in the 90s and high humidity levels due to our annual Monsoon Season. The weather is always a factor to be considered in hunting bears in AZ and will dictate much of what we do and how we do it. Be prepared not only for the heat and possible rain but for the rough country itself. Glassing points are generally not that difficult to access, the bears on the other hand are extremely hard to get to. Being in good physical shape for fast paced Spot-and-stalk style hunting is paramount. Hikes are generally not that far distance wise; the hard part is the elevation change!

Rough would be an understatement when describing most of Arizona's hunts. The areas we hunt in lie in a region known as the transition zone, an area between the Colorado Plateau and the low deserts of the valley floors. Mountains and canyons dominate the landscape in areas that range from 3500-7000 feet in elevation. Backcountry hunts are an option for those prepared and physically capable. 

How are these Seasons Hunted? 

A good rule for hunting bears is that they live where the average hunter does not want to go, but that’s where we are going to pursue them! It is rough, physically demanding country, so be prepared to do a lot of hiking and glassing. Most hunts are preformed using Spot-and-Stalk methods. We utilize glassing points overlooking active Black Bear corridors and feeding areas. After locating a pursuable and suitable Arizona Black Bear we move to within an ethical shooting distance in order to harvest the animal. Days are long in the early season and glassing opportunities may only present themselves in the dusk and dawn hours. During the mid day lulls we move into the higher elevation Ponderosa Pine forest and set up using calls. Predator calls can be an extremely effect way to hunt Arizona Black Bears, especially when daytime activity is low due to weather conditions. Many bears will live and shelter in the thick dense country during the hottest parts of the early season.

How do I get a Tag?

Over-The-Counter Black Bear tags are available at any authorized tag dealer. Tag dealers include all Arizona Game and Fish Department offices and most stores with a sporting goods department.

Booking Information: 

To book an Arizona Black Bear Guided Hunt today or for more information on Arizona Guided Hunts contact Dillon Currie (623) 606-3364 or Email us at CHASENTHEKING@icloud.com.

OTC Arizona Black Bear hunts are booked in 5-day increments additional days may be added if the individual female harvest quota has not been met. Be sure to book your hunt early, spots are extremely limited and early booking ensures your chance chasing large, predominantly color phase, high desert trophy quality Arizona Black Bears.

ABOUT SPRING HUNTS

Spring and Summer Draw and Over-The-Counter Arizona Black Bear Seasons:

The Spring-Draw Arizona Black Bear hunts are primarily Archery-Only. These Archery draw tags are in some of AZ's most productive central and southeastern units and offer great opportunity to kill a Black Bear Spot-and-Stalk, calling, or sitting over water with a bow. These hunts run from May through July offering a long hunting window. Many units offer Over-The-Counter any weapon hunts in the early spring and summer as well. These seasons occur in most units in March, April, and May. A third group of units encompasses the entire spring/summer time frame from March through July with OTC hunts.

 

For any of the spring and summer Arizona Black Bear hunting opportunities plan on spending many days in the field. Bear activity generally increases steadily into the warmer months as bears come out of the den and seek high calorie food sources. Bear hunting is extremely difficult due to the characteristics of the animals, their feeding habits, and the unique rough terrain they live in. Arizona does not allow the use of bait on any bear hunt and does not allow the use of dogs for the spring and summer hunts. These hunts are for the hunter looking for a unique challenge. Backcountry hunts are an option for those prepared and physically capable. 

 

When does the Draw Happen?

 

The draw deadline for the 2020 Arizona spring draw is the second Tuesday of October 2019. This includes Black Bear, Turkey, Javelina, and Bison. Many of our Arizona Spring Bear tags are also available Over-The-Counter just like our fall hunts. 

 

Results will be available via your AZGFD Portal Account. 

 

If you have any questions about the application process or our Over-The-Counter Black Bear hunts contact us.

 

How Long are the Hunts?

 

Keep in mind, just like the more popular late summer and fall OTC hunts, there is still a Female Harvest Quota in effect for all spring and summer hunts. After the sow limit has been reach the unit will close the following Wednesday at sundown. As a result of the hunt structure it is important to hunt towards the beginning half of your tag to insure you get the chance to hunt, while the season is open. If however the hunt remains open throughout the season, it is usually more productive hunting in the second half as bear activity generally increases with temperature. On most years the sow quota is not met because of the hunt difficulty and the limited tag numbers. 

 

Spring Over-The-Counter general non-permit tags for Arizona Black Bear are also available. The OTC season dates are March 24th-May 4th in most units. Select units will run March 24th-July 31st. These hunts are typically limited-opportunity as bear activity in the early spring months can be extremely low. As the season progresses into the summer months bear activity increases drastically as the Black Bear rut kicks in. The Arizona Black Bear rut can run from the end on May through July. 

 

How are these Seasons Hunted? 

 

This depends on the individual hunter's skill set, time of the hunt, and Black Bear activity. With high Black Bear activity Spot-and-Stalk style hunting is an option. With lower activity levels sitting blinds over frequented water sources or predator calling are viable options. All three hunting styles are uniquely different and can be effective. The spring hunts coincide with the dropping on elk and deer fawns leaving Black Bears susceptible to "fawn in distress" predator calls. Calling in bears can be intense and close quarters. It's not uncommon to call bears in to under ten yards. 

Booking Information: 

To book an Arizona Black Bear Guided Hunt today or for more information on Arizona Guided Hunts contact Dillon Currie (623) 606-3364 or Email us at CHASENTHEKING@icloud.com.

Spring Black Bear hunts are booked in 5-day increments additional days may be added if the individual female harvest quota has not been met. Be sure to book your hunt early, spots are extremely limited and early booking ensures your chance chasing large, predominantly color phase, high desert trophy quality Arizona Black Bears.

 

Hunting High Desert Bears

Arizona Spring Archery Bear Hunts offer a unique chance to hunt these desert bruins in the early season. Tags are available through the AZGFD Spring draw.  The 2017 season was action packed with multiple bear encounters and this beautiful color phase boar, taken by Dillon Currie.

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BOOKING YOUR HUNT

The 2019 season awaits! Arizona Black Bear hunts are available on a first-come-first-serve basis. If you want to hunt the best seasons and areas, get signed up early. Upon booking a 50% deposit is required to hold your upcoming hunt spot. Tags are available Over-The-Counter at any tag retailer in the state of Arizona. For further information on season dates, openings, and pricing contact us at (623) 606-3364 or Email CHASENTHEKING@icloud.com if messaging us below, please specify which species and hunt you are interested in.

 

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