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Are now for sale by the DOW. I picked one up and will now be packing a cow elk, buck deer, and bear, license for muzzleloader. Sept. can't get here soon enough.

Edit: Remember these are first come first serve with a limited number. If you want one move on it.

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I did a stupid thing like that back in 1996, that is having a cow elk, buck deer, and a bear tag all for the muzzle loader season. I got my deer and while dragging it out and about a hundred yards from the wheeler a heard of elk walked by. So there was my elk tag filled. I had seen a lot of bear sign in the area so I went back into the same area the next day and a sow with cubs were feeding on the remains of the elk. Too bad that it wasn't a boar or else I would of went three for three that year. Good luck on your hunts.

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Not sure if your calling me stupid or not, but I'll take as many tags as i can legally get. After all we gotta wait a whole year for Big Game season to roll around again and I gotta get that fix while I can. Big smile

Two years ago after killing my Bull quartering it and getting it hung and then back down to camp, I found a pretty good sized Bear in the back of my pickup truck no less. The next day hiking back up to pack out the Bull there was a another smaller bear feeding on the gut pile. I could have easily sunk one into the lungs as he was broadside sixty yards away and totally focused on pigging out on those guts. But, no tag.

Last year i had a bear tag in my pocket and we indeed found a nice cinnamon had been feeding on my dad's bulls carcass. My dad caught sight of him one evening when by himself. He was a wary bear as we found sign he was on that carcass for the remaining evenings but we were unable to get a shot at him.

Maybe this year will be the year to fill my bear tag.

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SoCo, I hope you can find a good bear this year and close the deal. With all of this rain and all the acorn crop should be excellent. We are thinking about burning our points for a bear tag next year. It's been a while since we have hunted then and I'm starting to get the fever again. My daughter has been reading a book on bear hunting and is asking me if we can go.
Critter, I know what you mean about seeing sows and cubs only. Coming face to face with a big ole boar is one of the most exciting things I have experienced while hunting.

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Thanks Hiker!

What I like about the area we hunt is the likely hood of running into any one of the three, elk, deer, or bear, is fairly good as evidenced by the contact we've had over the last few years. One year on a summer scouting trip prior to the season we did see a huge sow that looked a lot like a grizzly. We still debate to this day the possibility of that. She had two cubs with her.

Anyway, it just makes the hunt that much more enjoyable for me knowing if I run into any one of the three I can make a move on it. And, if a deer or elk gets taken it's almost guaranteed a bear will be making a visit.

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Not calling you stupid but it is a lot of tags to try and fill in only 9 days. I know that the chances are and I have had them they are few and far between. Montana Fish and Wildlife has a good test that you need to take for before a bear license is issued, it can be found here http://fwp.mt.gov/hunting/licensedraw/bearid.aspx It will give you some of the differences between a grizzly and black bear. I know that some of the bears that I have seen in the last 20 years or so both here in Colorado and the remote areas of Utah could of been grizzlies but without getting closer I'll never know. I know that one of them that I kicked out of a draw in the Book Cliffs in Utah just may of been a grizzly. His paw was huge and the claw prints look a lot like the ones that I have seen in Alaska.

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Critter, I was just funning with ya.

I've seen that test or one like it someone posted here on Biggamehunt. net. The Sow and Cubs we saw were about a mile away and we watched thru the binos for a good bit. They ran across an open field for about 800 yards before crossing into the Aspens. The sow had coloration like a grizz (which I know blacks can have) but the main thing was her shape. She appeared to have a hump like a grizz. Like you said we'll never know for sure.

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Yes it's possible that we might have a grizzly in CO. The last one 100% verified was in 1979 and that one died, after the guide, that was being attacked, killed him with an arrow. Do you guys remember that? it was in the San Juans. I can see them being in northeast Utah, as it's so close to YNP.

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Yes, I do remember that. I've always thought what would stop one from coming down from Wyoming and we've got some areas like the San Juan's which are remote and rugged enough to hide a grizz.

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