My wife & I have been blessed to harvest a few Bear in Colorado, without bait and dogs. We have a 50% success rate.
I think the key to Bear hunting , without bait and dogs is to find their "Food". Find out where there're eating. Come the end of July, Colorado Black Bear will feed up to 20 hours per day, getting ready for winter.
They like to eat, Fatty foods.....Nuts, Maggots, Berries and grass. The area we hunt has a lot of Scrub Oak and on a nice, wet year they will eat the acorns that grow on the Oak, they love all kinds of berries especially Chokecherries.
Once we find out where they're eating, we get up high and glass. It takes a lot of patience and many hours. We may glass 3 or 4 areas per day. Once we spot one by itself, without cubs we determine its size and if we like it, we stalk it. Bear are very alert, but thankfully at this time of year they are to to busy eating to pay total attention and if you're careful, you can get in range with a rifle to harvest one.
I would also contact the Colorado Division of Wildlife Officer in that area and ask him for suggestions. CDOW's # 303-297-1192.
I must admit that I have missed a big game animal with a rifle. And not only was it a bull elk, it was the largest bull that I have had in my sights with a tag in my hand. But, as with most "missed shot" stories, I have an excuse. Moisture doesn't really ever bode well for hunting equipment. When moisture (either rain or snow) gets into a firearms barrel, nothing good takes place. A couple rain drops down there can change the point of impact drastically and a barrel jammed with snow after a...