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Report ID: 9122 Weapon Used: Rifle How Hunt Was Conducted? Guided
Date of Hunt: April 28, 2013 to May 1, 2013
Place of Hunt: United States - Arizona
Hunt Area: San Carlos Apache Indian Reservation

Outfitter (or safari company): Apache Land Outfitters. P.O. Box 1808; San Carlos; AZ; 85550; Tel. 928-475-6215; Web
Personal Guide (if any): Farrell Goode
Booking Agent (if any):
Trip Arrangements
(if self-guided):
License Required:

Major Game Animals Taken: Bear, Black - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: 6ft, square, 400 lbs.
Bear, Black - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size:
Game Sought But Not Taken:
Game Condition Comments: Excellent! Well managed 1.9 million acres of wildlife habitat. Little human encroachment, minimal livestock grazing, limited permits all add up to large animals and an excellent opportunity to harvest a large color phase black bear.

SERVICE RATINGS (excellent, good, fair or poor)
Quality of Outfit: Excellent Guide/PH Ability: Excellent
Condition of Camp: N/A Condition of Equipment: Excellent
Quality of Food: N/A Trophy Care: Excellent
Name of Airline: Southwest Airline Service: Excellent
Airline Comments: Well-organized -- no problem checking my rifle case

Hunting Fees: For four days, guide only Amount: $1500
Trophy Fees: Amount: $0
Permits/Licenses: Black bear tag fee Amount: $723
Commercial Airfares: Southwest Amount: $0
Charter Airfares: Amount: $0
Other Costs: Rental car $255, Motel $205 - 4 nights Amount: $460
Total: $0

Problems of Hunt: None
Highlights of Hunt: My wife taking a large chocolate color phase black bear that squared 6 ft. and weighed approx. 450 lbs.!
Equipment Recommendations: Spot & stalk skills, good binoculars, ability to shoot out to 400 yds.
Would You Recommend This Hunt to a Friend? yes
Why? Honest and hard-working Apache Native American guide and outfitter who knows the entire reservation and where the big bears are located.

Hunter Name: Stu Mauney
Contact Information: Tel. 912-424-8235 - 210 Jekyll Island Rd., Jesup, GA 31545 E-mail:
Hunting Experience: 33 years, 16 states and 6 foreign countries
Physical Condition: Good -- regular aerobic exercise each week via running and cycling.

IMPORTANT NOTES (actions taken if hunter unhappy with hunt)
Notified Outfitter? Notified Personal Guide? Notified Booking Agent?
Seeking any kind of restitution or other settlement from agent, outfitter or guide?
If Seeking Restitution, What is Sought?

My wife and I just recently completed a very successful four day black bear hunt on the San Carlos Apache Indian Reservation in Ariziona with Farrell Goode of Apacheland Outfitters. This is a very successful operation with high quality color phase bears squaring 6 feet or better. My wife took a beautiful chocolate bear that neard 450 lbs. with an 18-inch skull while I took a beautiful black specimen that was near 400 lbs. with a 17-inch skull. This was a spring bear hunt, thus both had lush, full non-rubbed coats.

There are a number of reasons why subscribers should consider this hunt. First, the area is vast at approximately 1.9 million acres. Because the San Carlos tribe has their own wildlife department, not the state of Arizona, they can administer the hunting and fishing programs on the reservation as they see fit. Only a limited number of tribal members may provide guide services and Farrell Goode, the retired police chief of the San Carlos Reservation, is one of them. He and his family are out on the reservation virtually every day of the year. The reservation is divided into four to five zones for bear hunting and only 15 permits are issued for each zone. Thus there is limited competition from other hunters and the lack of overall human intrusion into the reservation itself was striking. There is also very limited livestock grazing occurring, unlike BLM and Forest service lands. Both the quantity and quality of grasses, shrubs, and forbs for bears and wildlife in general was like no place Ive ever hunted in North America!

Some astute subscribers probably know the San Carlos Indian Reservation as the place where the average trophy elk harvested each year approaches 390 inches. Farrell Goode can also guide for those if one can afford the frightfully expensive tag fee of $30,000 from the San Carlos Recreation and Wildlife Department. He also guides for predators, Coues deer, javalina and quail. In fact, for the upland bird aficionado, Goode can offer the triple play of wild western quail: Mearns, Gambels, and Scaled or Blue quail. There are simply not many places in North America where that can be accomplished and the San Carlos Indian Reservation is one of them with good quantities of all three. This speaks to the overall quality of the habitat on the reservation since quail tend to be an indicator species of a healthy ecosystem for all forms of wildlife. One of Goodes former quail hunters was none other than Africa outfitter Johann Calitz of Botswana elephant fame. He also guided the notable bowhunters Randy Ulmer and Jay Scott for deer and elk.

I booked the guide only option for my wife and I. A fully guided option is also available. The price was great at only $1,500 per person for the four-day hunt. I was both shocked and pleasantly surprised when I arrived and found out that extra spotters using good quality Vortex optics, consisting of Farrell Goodes wife and son were provided, as well as a packer for the cape and meat. In only two days of hunting we spotted four bears, two of which were chocolate, my wife shooting one, a unique rust-colored bear, and the black I harvested. Ive hunted black bear in Alaska and Idaho and both of those locations pale in comparison to the quality of the bear hunting found on the San Carlos Apache Indian Reservation in Arizona. The tag is expensive at $723 when compared to other states and must be applied for beginning Feb 1st.

Interested subscribers can reach Farrell Goode at Apacheland Outfitters, P.O. Box 1808, San Carlos, AZ 85550. 928-475-6215.

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