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d zone opener bear taken

Well let a small buck see another day, but couldn't pass up this bear.

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Opening Bear

Good job nice looking bear, did you see many deer at all?

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Beautiful bear Spot!  If you

Beautiful bear Spot!  If you don't mind my asking, what deer zone are you hunting? 

Not any bears this far south.  Gotta drive an hour or so north towards San Bernardino before I would have a shot at possibly seeing one.

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we were hunting in d4, saw 5

we were hunting in d4, saw 5 deer total one forky, had full moon that had tent lit up like a latern was on all night. Lots of deer tracks just so dry you couldn't walk quite enough without blowing them out all the deer we saw was from a vantage point. The deer were 50/50 on changing color from summer to winter.

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Yeah, the moon is taking it's

Yeah, the moon is taking it's toll.  Plus, it's 105 degrees down here, so not much in the way of deer movement.

 

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Nice blondie you got

Nice blondie you got there.

 My buddy shot a bear last weekend, but the bear is smaller than him.LOL

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Good job on your bear.

Good job on your bear.

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Good work on your bear. He's

Good work on your bear. He's a good looking blondie! I have to say that there are some better looking blondes on my campus right now but he's pretty good for the woods I guess. lol I really want to take a blond phase bear some day. I still haven't actually seen one in the wild. My bear was a chocolate and this is actually the majority of the bears that I have seen in Colorado. I've also seen one cinnamen and it would pretty neat to take one of them as well. Anyways... congrats!

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Congratulations to your success!

Awesome looking bear!  Congrats on filling at least one of your tags!  More importantly to me, thank you for passing on the small buck!  I sure wish more and more people had the same attitude when it comes to the smaller bucks.  I know that here in Southern California the success rate is usually pretty low (10% for the general/rifle season and 6% for the archery season) and therefore just about every legal buck (only has to have a fork on one side) is fair game.  But, can you imagine if for just one season we had the majority of our hunters let the 1 year-old bucks walk, we would see a HUGE difference in the quaility and quantity of our herd!  Just last year I took my boys on a weekend rifle hunt in D-16.  On Friday night, I missed a long shot at a nice 3X2 with my 12 and 9 year-old boys alongside.  Of course they thought it was cool that I got a shot off but they gave me a good ribbing for missing (first time ever missing a big game animal with a rifle!).  So, Saturday morning found us back in an area close to the missed shot.  I told them that the first legal buck we saw I would take a shot.  We weren't in our spot for more than ten minutes and out walks a year-old forkie and he promptly walks down the hill towards us and beds down in plain view.  I get the rifle out and put the crosshair on his vitals, click the safety off, and then back on.  The boys are laying beside me and ask what's wrong.  I told them that they are about to leard their first lesson in game management.  "We have to let the little guys go or there will never be any beiiger bucks".  Of course at their age, all they wanted to see was Dad get a buck so they didn't really understand.  Of course this story has a happy ending because after passing up the little guy and checking out a couple of other areas, we ended up back at the same area and found a nicer buck (see "2009 D-16" buck in my gallery).  The boys were really excited and they learned a lesson.  Of course I have seen the other side of the coin several other times also.  I can remember at least three different seasons where I passed on small/young bucks and watched them go over or around a hill omly to hear a gun shot.  I even helped a young hunter field dress and drag one of these young bucks back to his truck one year (it was his first buck so I had no problem with it).

 

Again, congratulations on your bear and good luck finding that BIG BUCK!!!

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