Bear Hunting With Pasamonte

Bears are often thought of as goofy, cute, and or cuddly, but this is not the case. Black Bears are no joke - they're smart and vicious. Guide Guston Wood from Pasamonte Hunts takes us through stalking one of the top apex predators in North America.

Sounding the Call

Bear hunting is one of the most challenging hunts that we do. In New Mexico, we bear hunt by predator calling. Yes, just like calling in a coyote. For years, before electric calls came out, we used a simple jackrabbit distress mouth calls.

In Search of Smokey

We bounce from canyon to canyon in search of Smokey. To hunt black bears you need to think like one. “What’s the most calories I can get for the least amount of work?” A bear, just like most humans would rather have a 16oz ribeye over a small bag of peanuts. This is why predator calling can be so effective. They would much rather have a deer fawn or elk calf than some acorns from an oak tree. The new fox pro calls are incredible for this.

Bears Can Also Be Lazy

The darker the night, the more daytime activity you tend to see from elk. This means on a full moon, expect to find success hunting closer to the elk's bedding areas and less success hunting travel corridors. One exception is that if there is significant overcast weather; the moon phase may have less impact.

We don’t make a stand and call for 45 minutes at a time. 15-20 minutes in one spot calling before we keep bouncing around from canyon to canyon. A bear usually won’t walk 3 miles to the dinner bell.

Another great thing about predator calling black bears is that momma bears with cubs won’t come to it. It’s only aggressive bore bears. You can field judge a big bore bear by the size of their ears. If their ears look small then that means they have a large head and that’s what they are scored by.

Weather Can Also Play A Factor

If it’s hot and dry black bears become more aggressive and more willing to respond to calls. When the canyons are lush and green there’s enough grubs and acorns to sustain a bear for the winter. However, they are curious animals and often will stand out from a tree to see what’s going on.  

You Gotta Have the Right Gun

Bear hunting is by far our most dangerous endeavor here at Pasamonte Hunts. Because of this we have different requirements. We require a .30 caliber rifle. We have lost 2 wounded bears to inadequate calibers. It’s always better to have too much gun than to not have enough. Follow your shot up with another. The last thing any hunter wants is to go after a wounded bear. 

What We're Wearing

It can get hot and muggy during our bear hunts. I prefer to wear the Zenyx shirt with the Zenyx neck gaiters. This allows me to mouth call and have the ability for quick concealment.

What We're Under-Wearing

I always wear Vycah socks and underwear. Most comfortable socks and undies I’ve ever owned. The undies keep you from chafing and the socks keep your feet cool and from getting blisters. Legs feed the wolf and your feet get you there.


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About Pasamonte Hunts

"Pasamonte Hunts gives hunters an all-inclusive, elite hunting experience on our no draw ranch. We pride ourselves on quality over quantity when it comes to game — no high fencing, few tags and over 56,000 acres of land ensures you’ll hunt trophy class animals in every species. Experienced guides, onsite hunting transports and optional lodging on the property make the experience an exhilarating getaway." - Guston Wood