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.
If you're lucky enough to be on private land and can leave your stand up during the off season you can tie an old piece of cloth or something of the sort to your stand. I like to use an old camo bandana that I have. That way the deer get used to the movement and eventually don't bother even looking up when there is slight movement. This may just give you the time to draw your bow or raise your gun without being detected.