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.
If you want to properly preserve velvet antlers, you will have to inject & brush them with formaldehyde or some of the new less toxic chemicals (4 in 1 solution works great as does Knobloch's antler in velvet tan) as its easier to use however, both will work.
First, using rubber gloves take a razor blade and make small incisions at the tips of all points about 1/8". Next hang the antlers upside down, allowing the blood to drain. Starting at the bases inject the solution into the...