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The black bear hunting New Mexico boasts features bears weighing up to 350 pounds. The population is strong, and the outfitter has a very high success rate. References are available on request.
The season begins in the middle of August and can last until mid-November, but dates are quota-based, so a year with a lot of lucky hunters can bring an untimely close to the season. Aim to book on the earlier end.
Dressing in layers is recommended as the mornings may be brisk, and as the day progresses, the heat of the sun begins to set in.
The hunt starts off by putting the hounds up on top of the rig box and letting them sniff for the scent of a bear that crossed a forest road. Once the hounds open up and start barking, you know that the race is on.
The outfitters will release one dog to line out the bear, and once they see that dog is going well on the GPS, they will then let the whole pack go. When the scent gets fresher, the dogs will start barking more and more until they catch up with the bear. Once they catch up, the bear will usually go up a tree or the dogs will bay it on the ground.
If the guides cannot carry the animal out of the area, they will take care of skinning it and packing it out.
This hunt is not for everyone because it can be very physically demanding.
One of the great things about the black bear hunting New Mexico offers is the scenery. Be sure to bring a camera or a really good smartphone to take some photos of the animal that you harvest. New Mexico is very nice during the bear season because all of the trees are changing color and the mountains look really nice around this time of the year.
Local hotels we recommend are: Santa Claran Resort and Casino (866-244-7625) or Buffalo Thunder Resort and Casino (866-257-5990)
The airport is located in Albuquerque, New Mexico. It is around an hour-and-a-half drive into Espanola. The outfitters can pick you up or you can rent a car and drive to your hotel.
One guide provided per hunter with a hunting license. All field handling is done by guide, packaging of trophy is at hunter’s expense. Price is $3,000 plus NM state tax of 8%. Any tips for guides are appreciated; they are not included in the price of the bear hunt. A nonresident license costs $260 and can be purchased online at www.wildlife.state.nm.us.
Bear season begins in the middle of August and generally ends in the middle of November, but will close early if the quotas are filled out.
To reserve your hunt, you will need to pay a 50% deposit at the time of booking. The rest is due 75 days before you leave for your trip. You can pay by personal or business check, or Visa, MasterCard or American Express. Credit cards incur an additional 3.5% surcharge. There are no refunds, so please be sure to purchase trip cancellation insurance.
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Terms: Global Sporting Safaris accepts payment by business check and personal check. American Express, Visa, and MasterCard credit card payments are also accepted, but they do incur a surcharge of 3.5% in addition to the price listed in our Bear Hunting in New Mexico trips above.
A 50% deposit is required upon booking to reserve your spot. In some cases, we can split your deposit into 3 payments, please inquire. Global Sporting Safaris will provide a Disclaimer & Waiver of Liability which must be sighed and returned. All hunts are in U.S. dollars. Final 50% payment is due no less than 75 days prior to your hunt date. Trips booked within 75 days of arrival require payment in full. Total costs of the hunt are fixed. There will be no refunds for any hunter leaving early. See our Terms & Conditions for further details.
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