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So I have a spring bear tag and I'm trying to figure this critter out.  I did some calling the other weekend and covered a ton of ground looking at tanks.   Didn't see a track (though some places were really rocky and didn't expect to see tracks).   What tactics should I use for spring bear.   I'm guessing they will be up higher at this time of year but not sure.   If I sit water when do they typically come in?   Are they like CWT or just whenever?   How often will they come to water (daily, weekly, monthly).   Do they return to the same tanks?   My tag is in 35a and 35b.   Not asking for the next hot spot, just trying to learn bears and their tendencies.

Thanks, 

recurveman 

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the spring archery hunt is awesome. I've had the hunt several times and killed every time. Sit water! I used to have 3-5 bears a day come into water! you can be real picky and only shoot a big one. Afternoons were usally best. I would be in the stand by 1pm and then sit until dark. Bears were usally around 5-6000 ft.

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Thanks for the info.   I'm only going to be in AZ until the end of May and then gone for months.   I'm going to try and find one before June.   

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For bear there is the holy Trinity.

1. Consistent water.- a water source that is not seasonal and always! Has water!

2. Main food source. Acorns,prickly pear, and to a lesser extent juniper berries.

3. Thick,thick cover.- deep dark canyons and such. 

If you find a spot with all three you will not only find a bear, you will find many.

I live in 7e and that perfect trifecta is lacking. Bears are highly travelsome and almost impossible to pattern. I travel father south to bear hunt.

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13 hours ago, nateNAU said:

For bear there is the holy Trinity.

1. Consistent water.- a water source that is not seasonal and always! Has water!

2. Main food source. Acorns,prickly pear, and to a lesser extent juniper berries.

3. Thick,thick cover.- deep dark canyons and such. 

If you find a spot with all three you will not only find a bear, you will find many.

I live in 7e and that perfect trifecta is lacking. Bears are highly travelsome and almost impossible to pattern. I travel father south to bear hunt.

Well I think I have the perfect spot.   Heading down this weekend for 3-4 days.   I'll see how it goes.   

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7 hours ago, recurveman said:

Well I think I have the perfect spot.   Heading down this weekend for 3-4 days.   I'll see how it goes.   

Good luck! Make sure to post about your trip. As to your question about when spring bears water, it can be literally any time of the day.

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