Bear Hunting Workshops For New And Experienced Hunters

Bear Hunting Workshops For New And Experienced Hunters
Take advantage of this over-the-counter hunting opportunity this fall.

Arizona Game and Fish Department
Arizona Game and Fish Department

Arizona – -( and get years worth of knowledge on how to find, stalk, call, judge and harvest Arizona’s black bear during the fall hunting season from a veteran Arizona Game and Fish wildlife manager.

Brian Anthony, the wildlife manager for over a decade in Unit 22 (well known for its dense bear populations), will provide tips, strategies, and information for bear hunting that is useful to beginners as well as experienced hunters. The workshop is approximately two hours and will cover:

  • Arizona black bear biology
  • How to identify bear signs
  • Bear hunting tactics (spot & stalk, calling, weapon types)
  • How to identify bear habitat
  • Field judging bears
  • Field care

“The presentation will consist of a PowerPoint presentation, loaded with pictures, and I will have some hides and a skull on display. But, my biggest focus will be on habitat,” said Anthony. “Habitat is king. I’ll teach you what to look for, and how to determine if there are bears in the area. Knowing this information will make your hunts much more productive – and hopefully successful.”

There are two workshops. The first one is in the East Valley on Monday, July 20 from 7-9 p.m. at the department’s Mesa regional office, at 7200 E. University Drive. The other, in the West Valley, is Sunday, July 26 from 1-3 p.m. at Cabela’s at 9380 W. Glendale Ave.

Anthony added, “Last year I received close to 50 phone calls from sportsmen about bear hunting in Region 6. We like to be able to help folks have a safe and successful hunt, but I wasn’t able to get very detailed with them over the phone. My goal with these workshops is to offer more concise information to a larger audience and help folks take advantage of this over-the-counter big game hunting opportunity.”

Hunting Arizona’s black bear is challenging, exciting, rewarding and has the potential to provide the hunter with a harvest of a lifetime. Fall hunts are open to nonpermit-tags purchased over-the-counter and are available at all department offices and license dealers statewide. These tags are valid for a number of units around the state and have a couple of season dates in which to hunt.

Space is limited, and preregistration is encouraged, call (480) 471-4697.

For more information about bear hunting in Arizona, visit the department’s Web site at

The Arizona Game and Fish Department prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, national origin, age, or disability in its programs and activities. If anyone believes that they have been discriminated against in any of the AGFD’s programs or activities, including employment practices, they may file a complaint with the Deputy Director, 5000 W. Carefree Highway, Phoenix, AZ 85086-5000, (602) 942-3000, or with the Fish and Wildlife Service, 4040 N. Fairfax Dr. Ste. 130, Arlington, VA 22203. Persons with a disability may request a reasonable accommodation or this document in an alternative format by contacting the Deputy Director as listed above.