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Elk hunting in 62

There are some really good elk in unit 62. The first couple days of the season are by far the best. The divide rd between unit 62 and 61 is a good area to work simply because the elk tend to drop off into unit 61 as soon as the hunting pressure starts. There are times when you can find herds of 10 to 20 elk usually with atleast one bull working their way to 61. Last year I did not get an elk tag but if I would have had one could have killed several decent bulls. My brother and a couple of other friends had elk tags and filled them all. I bought an elk tag 2 years ago and killed a bull that scored a little over 350. I have seen bigger elk and the numbers seem to be increasing. As far as the bear hunting in unit 62, there are a few places on the northern end of the unit that seem to have a lot more bear and bear sign. Saw a really big bear last year and was wishing I had a tag. Dont think the number of bears in 62 can compare to that in 61 but there are a few if you know where to find them.

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Colorado Trophy Unit 61 -- 1st bear hunt -- help?

A 350 class bull is far more than anyone can ask for out of a over-the-counter unit. Congratulations. I'm going to find out where they are planning on hunting in the unit and we'll see if you know any of the spots. I have had a couple of times filled with regret for not buying a bear tag during the regular rifle seasons. If you don't buy a tag it is almost certain that you'll see a monster bear.

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Colorado Trophy Unit 61 -- 1st bear hunt -- help?

Here is a pic of a bear I got on unit #61 on this years hunt. He is huge Chocolate and I worked real hard to get him Big smile

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Colorado Trophy Unit 61 -- 1st bear hunt -- help?

Man! Nice Bear!!!
You sure he dosent have a hump on his back????
If you got time I would love to hear the story.

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Colorado Trophy Unit 61 -- 1st bear hunt -- help?

Wow. Very nice bear. Is there any chance you got him near Mailbox. One morning I was glassing from Leanords and glassed a huge chocolate over in the open pastures above mailbox. It appeared he was feeding on a dead cow. He was holding another big black phase off the carcass. I had never been over there so ended up driving over to the area (I had a sheer cliff imbetween us) and couldn't locate the carcass. Just wondering because the terrain and the bear look like what I was looking for. That is definitly bigger than my bear. He is my first bear though and I'm really proud. Congratulations.

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Wow. Awesome bear! You didn't happen to get him around Mailbox did you. That bear resembles one I glassed at a mile and a half. He was feeding on a cow carcass and holding another bear at bay. I couldn't find the exact location though after the long blind stalk and lost em. Congrats.

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Colorado Trophy Unit 61 -- 1st bear hunt -- help?

Yea every one who looks at the picture says the same thing he is a big bore and he probably weighs 450- 500 lbs.
I was hunting the canyon that i got him in on and off for about 6 days and I was basiclly sitting on a overlook glassing. I was getting pretty frustrated because I was not seeing any bear so i was ready to move to a different part of the unit. My brother kept on telling me to have patience that they were in there so I decided to sit one more morning and glass but this time I was going to drop down into the canyon I was glassing to see if I could get anything moving.
Well as I was making my desent down the canyon I was heading for a flat that I wanted to look at and I decided to stop and rest and as I was sitting there I looked up and comming out of the bottom to flat I was heading for was this big bear. I was only about 200 yards away when I shot. I did not relize how big he was until i was standing next to him.
This hunt was a lesson in patience and hard work.

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Colorado Trophy Unit 61 -- 1st bear hunt -- help?

This bear was on the northern part of the unit a few miles offf the divide road.

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Colorado Trophy Unit 61 -- 1st bear hunt -- help?

Im a CSU student and was by myself when I got mine. The pack out was a monster but yours must have been a little worse. Atleast in weight of meat. Are you getting the skull measured? I am getting my rug made by a guy connected to Steve's Meat Market out of Arvada. Have you decided who you're going with?

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Colorado Trophy Unit 61 -- 1st bear hunt -- help?

Luckly I had my brother with me. I shot him at 9:30 in the morning and we did not make it back to camp until 10:30 at night. This was one of the hardest pack outs I have done.
My Taxidermist told me the skull measures 22 1/8 and that is before the drying period. I am told it has a great chance to make Boone & Crocket. I decided to have a full body mount done with him it will be alot of money but that is ok because I don't know if I will ever have a chance to get a bear like him again

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