Colorado Unit 61 (Uncompahgre) Black Bear -- Help please!!!
After 5 years of applying for a unit 61 early season tag me, my brother, and my father finally drew our bear tags. Has anyone ever hunted the Uncompahgre for bear or have any suggestions about where to start scouting?
Try looking in the area of where Big Red Canyon joins with HorseFly Creek. It's steep and deep there in places, but there are a lot of bears eating acorns off the oaks there at times. I've seen bear and dens down on some of the benches below the rim.
If you try to do your spotting from the north face of the canyon from HorseFly Mesa, you can see if there are any there. But, don't try to cross the canyon. It's better to drive around. I know of some people that have spotted a half a dozen bears on the face, but then the trick is to find them when you get across where you can shoot. If you can't spot any, then it may not be worth going around the rough road and you can save yourself some time. At that point, I might try the upper end of Big Red or Tabaguache Creek.
If the bears aren't in there, they are probably hanging close to the ranches.
I've spent countless hours either on my hands and knees or bent over, messing up my back, looking for blood. One such instance I remember most was a hog hunt a few years ago in Mississippi. I had never shot a hog so when I poked a hole in this guy; I was determined to find him. Wearing snake leggings, I crawled on my hands and knees through the briars and the brambles and bushes where a rabbit wouldn't go. I found a spot of blood here and there but never the pig. And lucky for me, I didn't find...