Black Bear

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Black Bear

Black Bear in New Mexico are estimated to be just under 10,000 bears. The Bears in NM come in all color phases from pure black to all different shades of brown. They can be cinnamon to almost blonde as well. Bears will range from below 4,000 feet to over 9,000 feet.  Black Bears taken will range from to 250 pounds to over 450 pounds. 

Physical Condition

Must be able to hike at high elevation for long periods of time

Gear

Must have quality boots as well as durable hot or cold weather clothing.

Tags & License

  • Over-The-Counter (OTC)
  • TAG ~ Resident $47 Nonresident $260
  • Habitat Stamp $5
  • Habitat Management & Acc Validation $4
  • Game Hunting License $65


What to expect

 

Each morning before daylight we start off with a hearty breakfast and load the hounds (it's not just about harvesting a bear but getting to watch a pack of hounds work together like a football team making plays against the black bear until they either baying them up or tree that trophy brute).

Once on the mountain we put GPS tracking collars on the hounds using the latest GPS tracking system we can continually track their whereabouts.We will hook the hounds up on the top of the dog box on the 4x4 trucks and rig the forest roads (rigging is putting a hound on top of the truck and driving around until the hounds starts barking letting the world know they smell a bear.) From their we release the pack of hounds and listen as they get out of hearing range. Using the GPS we will then parallel them on the road until they tree or bay one up trying to drive as close as possible. From there we will hike in to the hounds then sex and size of the bear is determined and we take all the pictures and the client harvests the bear. We field dress the hunters trophy and head back to the camp for a well deserved dinner and warm camp fire.