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Avoiding bear problems in the back country

Ok guys. I thought I would see what advice people have for avoiding bear problems in the back country mainly at camp. What tricks do you use? Any little secrets that can help the rest of us? keep a bear from destroying our camp.

I ask this because I'm hunting Colorado this year and with out bear baiting or using hounds to hunt bear, there has to be a very large population here.

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Colorado has a good bear

Colorado has a good bear population but not a over abundant population. As with any big game critter it will depend on where you are hunting as to how many elk or in this case bears are in the area. I have been hunting and fishing Colorado over 35 years and the only bear problem I have had was at Green Mountain Res when a bear tried to take my cooler. This was at a public camp ground that was not very clean and lots of people with lots of food. To me the best advice I can give you is to keep your camp clean, all food store properly and take foods that do not give off a powerful odor such as bacon or fish. Also if possible consider pre-cooking your meals so all you have to do is warm them up. If all else fails have a bear tag in your pocket and that will eliminate the problem.

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Not a big issue here

While it's not a major issue here, you still don't want to deal with it.  Also depends on when and where you're hunting.  If you're in a backcountry wilderness area with no acorns in late October, you probably won't see a bear.  If you're hunting middle elevation stuff in September, it could be an issue.

 

Now, in Montana, in grizzly country, I took lots more precautions, such as hanging my food 100 yards from camp.... cleaning any pots or pans that evening and not dumping the remanants nearby, etc.

Also, our bear populations are probably heaviest in the Southwestern/Southcentral/Southeast units, next would be the northwest units, followed by the Front Range from Denver up to Foco.  West of Pueblo/Trinidad/ LA Veta are famous for bear problems, as are Aspen and Durango in the towns.  Colorado Springs seems to get quite a few calls in town too.  The largest sheep damage claims seem to come from places like the Piceance and White River in the northwest where bears seem to key in on domestics more than in the southwest. 

 

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You make it sound like we

You make it sound like we don't kill bears, because we don't use dogs or bait?

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Bears

Thanks for the info so far. Sounds pretty similar to anywhere else. I was just wondering if anyone had any special tricks that they did. I'm sure many bears are killed here. The fact of the matter is that bear hunting with dogs or bait is much more successfull then without. I'm sure there are more bears here then where I come from in Idaho because there was a lot of bear hunters that used dogs and bait. Its the best way to hunt them.

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You mean the easiest

You mean the easiest way.

Sorry, but using dogs and bait is a pet peeve of mine. I'm a stubborn old man set in his ways. I've never looked for the easy way to hunt, but the way that give me the most satisfaction.

Just ignore me.

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If you've never run anything

If you've never run anything with a good pack of dogs you don't know what fun it is and I'm here to tell you it isn't as easy as you seem to make it out to be!

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dogs

Topgun 30-06 wrote:
If you've never run anything with a good pack of dogs you don't know what fun it is and I'm here to tell you it isn't as easy as you seem to make it out to be!

 

Keeping up with the dogs is probably damn hard, but aren't the dogs doing the hunting? The dogs tree the bear, and the hunter(?) shoots it out of the tree. I can't see it?

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bears

I've been thinking of getting a bear tag this year, depending on where I go for elk and deer, does anyone know if it's legal to use the gut sack of another legally killed animal as a type of bait.  What I'm thinking isgoing for deer/elk as primary, and if I drop one sitting on the kill site waiting for bears.  It sounds a lot like baiting to me, but if I'm not adding anything to the guts, is it legal?

 

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Bait

Bunney wrote:

I've been thinking of getting a bear tag this year, depending on where I go for elk and deer, does anyone know if it's legal to use the gut sack of another legally killed animal as a type of bait.  What I'm thinking isgoing for deer/elk as primary, and if I drop one sitting on the kill site waiting for bears.  It sounds a lot like baiting to me, but if I'm not adding anything to the guts, is it legal?

 

Chris

No baiting of any kind is allowed. Hunting over any gut pile or something that doesn't occur naturally is illegal.

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Sort of not true

While true that baiting is not allowed and hunting over something that doesn't occur naturally can constitute baiting, it is not illegal to hunt over your gut pile, as long as you didn't place it ther for the sole purpose of baiting bears.  If you shot your elk or deer, and removed the guts, then packed out of all the meat, going back to that same spot to bear hunt is not illegal.  If you killed an elk, loaded it up into your truck, then dropped the guts into the mouth of brushy draw that you suspect to have more bear activity, then went back to hunt, that would be baiting.

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