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Kevin, Thanks and I would

Kevin, Thanks and I would consider it more of a chocolate color although he was pretty light on his back. The black bear has a fantastic and very thick coat, even the outfitter and his wife commented on how thick the coat was. The color phase has a great 2/3 coat but has some rub marks on his upper back where all the thick top hair is gone so it looks more like wool. Of course we could not see that until after he was down. We also did not know he had a chest mark until he was down either but such is bear hunting in thick cover. I was very happy that I was able to get the bears down with enough light to get good pictures in the field. All pictures are good, but ones in the field right after the kill are the best by far. My wife and I were hoping to video the hunt but that did not work out due to the angle and thick cover on the color phase and the distance on the black one. Oh well guess that means we will have to go back again and try to video another hunt. If you ever plan to try Idaho let me know and I can get you all the info on the outfitter and all the detail.  

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Sounds good

Sounds good SGM, I'll pm you sometime. Again, sounds like you and your wife had a wonderful time and great pics to boot! Kevin

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Congrats

Very nice bears SGM, Congrats!  

Do you bear hunt in the fall in Colorado?

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Thanks Southwind. No I have

Thanks Southwind. No I have not hunted bear in Colorado yet but I have 3 pref points and plan too as soon as I can. Have done some scouting and know where some bears hang out but without being able to bait and no spring bear hunting it is more of a challange. I want to draw a tag and have basically all of the Septemeber season to hunt them in the unit I want. Biggest problem is I am never home more than one year before I am sent out of state or overseas. Plan to retire in 2-3 years so hope I can get in a good fall hunt before then. I was going to get an over the counter a few years back but was too late and they were all sold out. This year we drew either sex muzzle loader for elk but very few bears in the area and not worth blowing the money this time. In fact we have hunted this area for 25 plus years and have never seen one or even sign.

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Curious

I was curious, I have never hunted bear in the fall but have thought about buying over the counter and sitting on a elk carcass for a few days. Of course with that there are a whole lot of challenges in first counting on someone to kill an elk, and two it then being in a good area, heat issues etc.etc.

I have had family that have done well up poudre canyon sitting on berry patches.

Anyway, like I said curiosity. I think by the time September rolls around in Colorado most hunters are thinking antlered and horned critters and not bear.

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If I was hunting an area and

If I was hunting an area and knew I had a fair chance at getting a bear (20%) I would get a tag for sure. To me September and October are about hunting (some great fishing too) and not real particular as to what I am hunting. Just getting out in the woods is great to me. Don't get me wrong elk and deer get my blood going but having another tag in the pocket is always a plus, just not worth it in my area. If/when I ever draw a moose or big horn tag, that hunt will be geared more directly at that critter as it very well could be my only shot I will get here in Colorado.

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Amen

Amen

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