New Colorado State Rep Wants to Allow Early Bear Hunting

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Colorado residents will remember that in 1992 voters banned early black bear hunting seasons. Since then the increasing black bear population, has caught the eye of Rep-elect J. Paul Brown a recently elected Republican from Ignacio. According to a brief statement in the Durango Herald, Rep. Brown intends to introduce a bear hunting bill in the next legislative session.

“We’re having so many problems with bears in different places,” Brown said. “It kind of ties the hands of the Division of Wildlife so they don’t have the flexibility to allow hunting,”


hunter25's picture

Although I would love to see

Although I would love to see the spring baiting season come back I don't think it will ever happen. I live just down the road from Aspen where they have a huge problem with the bears every fall coming into town and breaking into houses. The people up there are idiots and the paper prints all kinds of rediculous ideas to help but hunting is definately not one of them. The misinformed public for the most part loves to stay misinformed. And you would be surprised how many hunters or thier wives helped vote that law in.

I know for a fact that one of the only taxidermists in the areas wives voted for it. People up here think we should all move out and give it back to the animals since they were here first and we moved into thier house.

groovy mike's picture


As long as the population is sustainable I think more hunting opportunity is always a good thing!

AlpineClimber's picture

Spring Black Bear would be fantastic in Colorado.

Reading some of these posts and hearing about Black Bears chasing down Big Game regularly definitely indicates an issue with them.  I can't imagine they'd be too carnivorous in the Spring, but if people are physically seeing them chase down fawns and full grown deer the Bears need to be thinned out.  I've heard of inland Grizzlies doing this regularly, but it doesn't seem like regular behave for Black Bears unless they're traditional sources are being overgrazed or there's a lack of stagnet kill from other predators.

A cast and blast for Trout and Spring Bear sounds like a very appetizing trip for any family.

WesternHunter's picture

let it rip

Oh Colorado sure has changed.  It all started to change dramatically staring in the early 1990's.  Makes me wonder what it will be like here in 2020?? Let's get it back and then make people think before voting to enact such a ban again.  While we're at it let's vote to close off Rocky Mountain National Park to the public during elk season and open up a thousand more elk tags to residence in the park. 

Ca_Vermonster's picture

Well, I don't think there

Well, I don't think there should be any problems with it, since they have science to show that there is an increase in populations and encouneters.

That being said, as you guys commented, the numbers of tree huggers vastly outnumber the hunters in the area.  I would not say so for the whole state, cause if you get out of Denver and Boulder areas, a good number of people hunt.  However, as we see in state after state, issue after issue, these small minorities of people can turn things their way.

Alot of states currently have spring bear hunting, as well as Canadien provinces.  They should prop up some of those success stories as well to get their point across.

elkkill06's picture

Colorado Spring Bear Season


This is definately a very soar subject with me ! It was not the hunters that voted this season away (also hunting with bait and dogs was lost at the same time), but the tree huggers on the east slope. They out number us bigtime.

It will be a great thing if they bring back the spring bear hunt and up the number of bear tags in each unit. Since they closed the early season, along with baiting and dogs, the numbers have increased greatly. Now this may sound all good and wonderful, but they do a huge number on fawns and calfs each spring. I have also seen twice, once while antler hunting and the other while archery hunting, an adult bear run down a adult mule deer and kill them.

Another problem we were having during the 90's was anywhere from one to six bears coming into camp at night. I even had one come in and take my archery deer, which was quartered and in bags hanging in a quakey tree, that I could not reach standing on my tip toes and it stood flat footed on its hind legs and pulled it down with its mouth. The game and fish gave me a new tag due to the situation. I've also had them climb on top of the camper and rip the vent off the top and poke his head in. There are just to many bears. Every year we have multible bear encounters in town, we even had one next to elementary school here in Fruite during school hours a couple of years ago. Many are killed in town here both for safety reasons and in orchards and fileds.

It is time we start getting after these bears and getting them back in check ! I hope we get the spring bear hunt back.


jim boyd's picture

Quinton, I hear you and great


I hear you and great points you are making - no doubt.

I stated I was uninformed and it sounds like you are exactly the opposite.

I have long been in awe of the photos you have posted on this site so I have to assume that you are dialed in as a hunter out there and know what you are talking about.

Sounds like the state may be semi divided - east coast tree huggers you mentioned - and from the instances you have related, it certainly sounds like some additional hunting is in order.

I have posted many times, I am afraid of bears and have never seen one!

Give me rattlesnakes and gators - throw in a few wild pigs and water moccasins - and I am fine... I just hate the thought of being a section of the LOWER part of the food chain!

Good luck with this one, my friend...

Jim (rooting for more bear hunting)

jim boyd's picture

Man, this one presents a very

Man, this one presents a very real dilemma.

It would seem that the voting public has spoken - and has said that they did not want to approve what I will call "summer" bear hunting - although that vote was admittedly a LONG time ago.

Perhaps it is time for another vote - and let the populace, armed with new and updated information - decide again what direction they want the state to take.

One new way to look at it may be what type of revenues can now be acheived with an extended or new season - certainly, the monies that hunters will spend now (consider hunting costs in 2010 versus 1992 and the differences are not any less than astounding) may well allow hunters to take a "second look" at this issue and decide differently.

I do not know exactly what types of "problems" Mr. Brown is referring to - but of they are seriuos enough, I am reasonably sure that the voting public would certainly be willing to listen and then make an informed decision without even having to consider the monetary gains for the state - which I do not consider inconsequential.

I guess, from a completely uninformed standpoint, I would be in favor of the people of Colorado at least having a voice in the decision.

I guess the good news is that they have the bears - that is a super problem to have - at least it opens the door for more hunting revenues - while a lot of states are reporting less deer, less elk, less pronghorns - or whatever!

Solve it Colorado - and make some money in the process!!

jaybe's picture

The Public is Misinformed

  I am also an outsider, and therefore, grossly unfamiliar with the situation in Colorado concerning bear hunting.

  Having said that, I suspect that the situation that you have there is very much like the situation we had in Michigan a couple of years ago concerning dove hunting.

  Michigan has never had a dove hunting season since it started regulating hunting.

  Dove hunting, though a long-standing practice in the South, just wasn't something that people around here were familiar with.

  The DNR had good evidence showing that the dove population was soaring and crop damage was beginning to be a financial factor on what few farms we have left in the state.

  They also projected harvest figures and showed that it would still leave a huge population of doves that would in no way be threatened.

  So - when, at the urging of several of the sportsmen's clubs in the state, legislation was introduced to place the possibility of a dove season on the balot - the anti's went ballistic.

  Money poured into the campaign ads against dove hunting from all of the big anti-hunting organizations - as I recall, it was at least 2 million dollars.

  The TV's continually portrayed doves as "birds of peace" and "harmless, sensitive creatures intended to soar gracefully through the summer sky", and so forth.

  Pictures of slob hunters tearing down fences, throwing trash and bottles alongside the road and on farmer's front yards in their drunken quest to murder a poor little bird were burned into the minds of all the folks sitting at home watching the soap operas and reality shows.

  It was absolutely ridiculous.

  So "the people voted" - and they were sufficiently swayed by the negative ads to defeat the issue.

  That's probably what happened in Colorado.

  The people voted, but they were largely misinformed so that they made a bad choice.

  We may have the truth, but they have the money to buy the votes.

  Sad situation.