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Bears while elk hunting.

Well as I plan for my first venture into elk country in search of a tasty cow, I was talked to a guy who just got back from the unit I'll be hunting and he seen elk and a lot of bears (7 in his week of hunting). So I was wondering how often do you guys run into bears in elk country and are they trouble some should one be lookin' over his/her shoulder? I've never hunted in country with a lot of bears I've hunted where they clam bears live but never came across one.

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Bears while elk hunting.

Black bears or grizzlies? Someone in our camp normally will get a black bear tag for Colorado with a good chance to fill it. It has been to my experiance that black bears and coyotes have the same fear for humans. If a bear catches your scent it is gone. Other than that keep your camp picked up. We have never had a bear in camp but, I shot one 2 years ago that was only about 200 yrds from camp.

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Bears while elk hunting.

I agree with Bull Buster, they will stay away from humans as much as possible but do keep a clean camp. If you get an elk on the ground and can't get it packed out the same day make sure you hang the quarters. Good luck!

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Bears while elk hunting.

We'll be hunting Colorado but I was just thinking bears in general. Colorado doesn't hold grizz's as far as I know. But a buddy of mine hunts in Idaho and he sleeps with a 454 he's had grizzlies come into his camp and make a mess of things, not sure how well I'd sleep in that country.......but I'm thinking of trying it next year for mule deer..

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Bears while elk hunting.

i got blackies in my yard. in my mind they aren't much to be afraid of.

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