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To this day I have not one arrowhead or fossil in my possession

I feel your pain. Although a friend of mine found a almost perfect arrowhead a couple of years ago while we were hunting antelope. We must have ambushed the antelope at the same spot the indian did. Yes

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I usually hunt bear every 4 or 5 years here in Colorado. We spot and stalk and have about a 50% success with a rifle. I haven't tried with a bow, yet! A few years back I was stalking a elk and ran into a big blackie who didn't know I was there...the wind was right and he was ripping some logs apart looking for some food and working his way toward me. I'm sure I could have stuck him if I had a tag. He kept coming, so I yell, "Hey Bear" and he stops and looks at me and then went back to eating, so I say "Hey Bear" he looks at me again and then goes back to eating. Then he slowly starts making his way toward me, I decide to back outta there and leave him be. He wasn't scared of me, at all. I did watch my back trail and kept a arrow knocked for several hundred yards, just in case he got stupid. He was a beautiful Jet Black bear, a color that's rare in this area. Most all of our bears are off color and most are dark chocolate brown.
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I haven't seen too many bear in Colorado, but I think my favorite color has to be a cinnamon colored bear I saw north of Steamboat Springs at Hahn's Peak Lake a few years ago. Most do seem to be a chocolate brown and I have not seen a jet black one yet.

Any more new stories anyone?? Big smile

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A couple years I was hunting mule deer on a steep open hillside. I saw a beautiful black bear cub (40 lb?) in the distance. I got closer to it. I got even closer, maybe 40 yards ... then decided to throw rocks at it ... eventually it wandered off. Then I headed back a bit toward where I thought I might see some deer. On the same contour as I and perhaps a hundred or so yards out was another bear - probably a twin to the first one. Beautiful blonde (both of them). I decided to stand still and see what would happen. To my amazement, it contoured right over to me. Again - this was a bare open hillside. Me standing was definitely `standing out in the open' - the tallest thing around, by about 5 ft. I kind of looked all around as the cub got closer - for mommy. Since mommy didn't appear to be around - I let the critter get closer. (In retrospect this may have not been smart - as I only had two rounds in possession - one the chamber, and one in the magazine ... due to reasons beyond explanation here.) But, I was fascinated to see how close this thing would get. Pretty soon - it was me and him (her?). Just us, on this exposed bare open hillside. I reached out my gun and just about touched it with the end of the barrel (though not quite). It looked up at me - glassy eyes and yellow teeth - decided I was not one of him, and he ran off.

Back in camp I gathered that another hunter had shot their mom (not legal to take sow with cubs). For my sake it was perhaps good she wasn't around.

Gosh they were beautiful bears.

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Speaking of bare open hillsides ...

Some of you deer hunters may be able to relate / translate. Sometimes the best place to hunt deer IS in the open.

I was hunting in E WA several years ago ... steep OPEN canyon country. No cover whatsoever ... largest rock maybe sticks up 6 in. ... cheat grass maybe 5 in.

I was climbing up to where I wanted to hunt and got about halfway across this big open hillside when I got the sense it was getting too light to continue - so I just stopped. I was definitely the biggest `lump' on the hillside. And so I just sat and watched as the dawn unfolded. Below me 600 yards or so a coyote came boiling across the hillside ... with a couple mule deer does hot on his heels. Once they had chased him around the bend, they casually returned and started feeding, down below me.

Though I felt exposed, I knew I just had to sit.

To my fascination, as the morning progressed, literal herds of deer came out onto the hillside and grazed (on what?) on all sides of me. At one point I was surrounded by about 60 deer in about 3 different herds. Mostly does, and small bucks. I know I wasn't at all hidden. I guess as long as I just looked like a rock with a hat - I was okay. I would love to have had a video from across the draw.

Eventually they all wandered off - and I wandered over to a draw to get out of the open.

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Amazing things that you have seen........

Now that hunting season has wound down in many western states, thought it was time to resurrect this thread!

So tell us about some of the amazing things you've seen this year! Doesn't necessarily have to be hunting related.

All you new folks to BGH, come on and jump in! Big smile

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1. While bighorn sheep hunting this year in the Idaho wilderness ... came up on some wolf tracks. Only hours old. They were ENORMOUS for size. I should have taken some pics of them alongside something that would show how large they were - but ... these tracks were so large - that to continue hunting I basically couldn't even think about them.

(I am told that some wolves were killed in that general area that weighed over 200 pounds each.)

2. On a happier note - this fall I saw the end of a rainbow. Generally when I see rainbows it appears that their ends are on order of miles away. But, this fall I was traveling along a mountain road ... and there was a beautiful rainbow, and the end(s) of it was (were) only about 100 yards away. I think it was perhaps because the canyon I was in - basically there was little sky - only the steep Idaho backdrop.

As I got closer - the ends kept their distance of about 100 yards away. So, I actually didn't get there ... but to within 100 yards is closer than ever before!!! Big smile

3. Last weekend I went out looking for ducks. Found a bunch on a favorite creek. On the jump I got four greenheads in three shots. AND TWO WERE BANDED.

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Cowgal, Great idea! Lets hear some of your exciting stories.

SH, it sounds like your backcountry sheep hunt was exciting. Yes Did you see any goats?

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Congrats SH that will be one to remember.

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Great stories everybody....
i was hunting elk a few years ago and was riding my motorcycle out a trail to get out to where i would be hunting..
bout half way out i went down cuz of some ruts and ice in the trail..
i picked my self up and continued on,, well we hiked up to where we would start
our hunt and still had plenty of time before daylight so i started to look at the moon through my scope,, well i couldn't find the moon through my scope for nothing,, then it dawned on me i broke my scope when i wrecked..
well i had loaned out a couple rifles before i left on this trip,, so i didn't have a spare in camp Brick Wall,)
i was moaning and whining about my hunt being over for this trip, so my buddy took the scope off ang fashioned a front sight on my rifle with foil tape and a fishhook. i already had a rear sight but my front broke when i wrecked..
we set out a target at a 100 yards and we both hit it 3 times each,,
so the next day i went out and was on the north side hunting in some very loud crunchy snow the whole time thinking i ain't gonna see no elk hunting in this noisy stuff so i just gave up and got on a march to get out of it and them trees.
all of a sudden i looked up and there was a spike just laying in his bed about 25 yards away,,
i should have seen him long before i did and he should have seen and heard me way before that..
but he never even looked my way, he was laying in such a manner that all i had was a shot in the butt, or the top part of his neck and head, so i put the ol fishhook on his head POW!!! i missed he never flinched,POW!!! again missed again,, still he never flinched,, POW!!! again i seen this little spruce kind'a tip over right by his head,, still no reaction out of him..so i took and put a real fine bead/hook on him and it was instant death for him..
so here i am in total disbelief on what just happened, i walk over to the bull and as i am taking off my pack i look down and to my left and there is a cow just laying there chewing her cudd about 20 yards from me,, WHAT IN THE HECK IS GOING ON I COULDN'T BELIEVE WHAT WAS HAPPENING!!!!
so i unzip my pack to get my camera out took a couple pictures, then tried to see just how close i could get to her ,, i took a couple steps then she looked at me and blew out of there in the blink of an eye...
so i inspect my bull and he has two holes in his left ear, and one right in the ol noggin,,and i hit the spruce plumb center..
so i just built a fire and got him all quarterd up laughing and giggling at my
crazy luck...

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