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Bear Hunting

I'm thinking of bear hunting this year. I have one concern. You can get a bear tag here in two ways. OTC that lets you hunt along with the rifle seasons. Another way is the draw. That tag is good for the whole month of Sept. That's the one i'm interested in, because I don't hunt during Sept now. My deer and elk hunting is in Oct and Nov.

My concern is the Sept tag is a rifle tag. It means i'll be using a rifle along with bow and muzzleloader hunters. I would think every bow and ML hunter would turn me in when they see me with a rifle. I know i'll be legal, but I don't need the hastle from the hunters and wardens.

Has anybody experienced this?

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I have never had a problem

I have never had a problem packing a rifle during the September hunt and I have had 3 of those tags.  Just remember that you could pack a muzzle loader if you want. 

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I could, but I like the idea

I could, but I like the idea of a fast 2nd shot.  Big smile

Besides, the bow hunters would still be upset that I was there for the whole month.

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Critter.........I don't claim

Critter.........I don't claim to be a great bear hunter. I know spot and stalk is a popular method. As a still hunter that go's against my grain, but so is not getting a bear. I also thought i'd look for berry patches and hope for the best. I'm still using iron sights, so I still need to get fairly close. I've come on some bears over the years while still hunting for deer and elk, but they were usually going 100mph the other way.

Any suggestions?

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Of the 3 tags that I have had

Of the 3 tags that I have had for the September season I have shot exactly 0 bears during it.  The only ones that I have seen during this season have either been too far away or sows with cubs.  The biggest problem here in Colorado is that you can't hunt them over bait.  I even found out that it was illegal to hunt them over a gut pile from a game animal since the gut pile isn't naturally occurring. 

I have found that doing a lot of glassing on grassy meadows early in the morning or right before sundown has been the most productive for seeing them but getting to them is another problem altogether.  You just need to find yourself a nice productive area and then pray to the hunting gods that a bear will show up.   

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LOL..I knew it wouldn't be

LOL..I knew it wouldn't be easy, but it's better than no hunting at all. Sort of elk scouting with a gun.

I didn't know about the gut pile though. What if a cat kills a deer/elk? Can you use the gut pile then?

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Then you would have the whole

Then you would have the whole animal or what was left of it.  I really don't know but a call into the local Division should clear it up for you.  I do know that what I heard about the gut pile came from a field officer that I ran into, but I never did look at the guide book to see if it says anything about it.   

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I know it mentions animal

I know it mentions animal parts that you can't use, but I figured they meant something the hunter puts out. I'll give them a call tomorrow.

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Great way to get out !

Still Hunter,

I have had the September tag five times and that includes a year I was also holding a archery deer tag. So I was in full camo with my bow most of the time while keeping my orange and rifle with me at all times. I did not take a bear that year, but it was very interesting to say the least when the old warden would check me.

I have never had anyone at anytime try to turn me in during that hunt.

Quinton

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How would you know Quinton?

How would you know Quinton? They just make a call on the cell phone after seeing you.

 

I won't worry about it. Looks like getting a bear might be a challenge though.

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BELIEVE ME

Still Hunter wrote:

How would you know Quinton? They just make a call on the cell phone after seeing you.

 

I won't worry about it. Looks like getting a bear might be a challenge though.

The warden that used to run our area would have let me know in a heartbeat ! Huh? He was a complete "A$$" and would have been on me like "stink on poo" ! He was the type that would go through your camp when you were not there and every time he ran into you he would go completely through your vehicle. Except when he was doing something wrong himself and then he would go out of the way to stay away from you.

I don't miss you at all George and thanks for retiring. It allowed our warden Ryan to take over our area and he is a super guy. Sorry for the small rant, but I hope he reads this some day !

Quinton

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