Only one right now but I want to start planning. I figured to get another point this year and go from there as I see not many units take more than 2.
Bear were not on my mind before but now that my kids grew up I have a lot more time to think about what I want to go after. My son and daughter always show up to go hunting but I don't see them much other than that.
+1 on what elkkill said about the Grand mesa units! I fished alot up on the mesa and seen three bears up there last year. Thats not including were I hunted elk, I seen alot of scat and claw marks on alot of quakies up the re. But I seen the most sign around those mountain berry bushes. I tried last year to get me one of those archery over the counter caps tags but they sold out fast. If Im lucky and can get one of those tags this year thats were I will be hunting! It got kinda intense last year though cause on several ocassions we ran into scat that was still steaming in the morning! yah that right steaming, No lie, So we always had our pistols ready if something bad were to happen.
coloradoblackbear.com shows area 78 took more than any area for the last couple of years...I took a 500 pounder in Oct. 2011 thats going in the record books...Can tell you more if you are still wanting a great bear area in the future
Like the others said, don't overlook the Grand Mesa area. That's where my bear was taken. The locals were talking about bears being everywhere this year. I am only up there for a little more than a week every year, but I see bear sign all over the place. After I shot mine this year another guy in our group saw a big boar that he said was bigger than the one I got. The same guy that saw the boar used to hunt a few miles away and said he saw bears every year but never bought a tag. I assume you are wanting to hunt the Sept rifle season? If you are interested, I can give you a few more specifics. You just can't elk or deer hunt up there cause I have it all leased! :D
suggest the month long rifle hunts for bear. These are in areas with too many bears. Area 75 and 85 are usually among them These hunts are usualy in Sept. It is best to stay around large Campgrounds or places with human garbage. Just ask about bear sightings in the campgrounds.
If you hunt during the regular elk and deer seasons ask hunters about what hunting camps are being raided by bears. ::hello1
Sept can find bears eating choke cherries in great number. So get out the plant ID books and locate the choke cherries (south facing semi arid and about 8,ooo ft). Acorns also work but good thick choke cherry patches are better. Wild plums along drainages also attrack Sept bears 6-9 ,ooo ft. Service berry also work Remember bears poop where they eat --If no bear poop-- no bears.
Every year many hunters and outdoorsman and women come out west from the midwest and east coast to hunt the prized mulies and elk. One topic that comes up often is altitude sickness. My advice for flatlanders is to get into the best possible shape. Start months before your hunt, usually really ramping up my cardio around March or April.
I run 5-10 miles 3 times a week, and also go for walks carrying my pack with about 50lbs to simulate what could be on my back. Another useful tip is to drink A...