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Contributors to this thread:
coelker 11-May-17
otcWill 11-May-17
Treeline 11-May-17
RogBow 11-May-17
TheSaint 12-May-17
Treeline 12-May-17
JDM 12-May-17
TheSaint 13-May-17
JDM 13-May-17
KHunter 15-May-17
Glunt@work 15-May-17
Quinn @work 15-May-17
coelker 15-May-17
MathewsMan 15-May-17
RogBow 27-Sep-17
mikea20 28-Sep-17
RogBow 28-Sep-17
mikea20 29-Sep-17
RogBow 29-Sep-17
jims 30-Sep-17
From: coelker
11-May-17
Just FYI....

From: otcWill
11-May-17
Lol! Bear PPs=biggest scam ever

From: Treeline
11-May-17
Got bear tags! WOOO-HOOO! Had to burn our points...

From: RogBow
11-May-17
Drew a Bosque tag, good times.

From: TheSaint
12-May-17
Unit 61!

From: Treeline
12-May-17
Burned 3 points for both me and my son to draw a 0 point unit. If I get one this year, not sure that I will ever apply for bears again. Probably have had over 30 tags over the years and still never shot one...

From: JDM
12-May-17
Saint, how many points did it take you for 61?

From: TheSaint
13-May-17
JDM,

I think I had 3 pts.

Blayne

From: JDM
13-May-17
Thanks, I've got a few more than that and am looking to spend them in the next couple years.

From: KHunter
15-May-17
I have 16 bear points now. No earthly idea what to 'burn' them on. Maybe Bosue someday if decide to commit the time. Maybe 61 if I have a friend drawing ther elk tag so I can tagb along but hunt...

As I like to say. "If ever they start preference points for skunk I am putting in. Never know when or if I might be be dying to pull a skunk tag...and don't want to be behind on points when I do"

From: Glunt@work
15-May-17
My gut tells me that bear could be OTC unlimited in the entire state and it wouldn't have a big effect on harvest or overall population.

From: Quinn @work
15-May-17
I guess I'm saving my 16 bear points for when they open Grizzly season in CO. ;)

From: coelker
15-May-17
Glunt,

I feel you might be right, but I also know that approach would land them in court and fighting with the whack jobs.

From: MathewsMan
15-May-17
I can remember being able to buy OTC archery Bear tags back in the 80's. I think you had to have a Deer or Elk Tag- which was also for the most part OTC unlimited as well.

From: RogBow
27-Sep-17

RogBow's embedded Photo
Was a tough year down there with no mast crops but managed a boar. Camera lens was foggy so not a great pic.
RogBow's embedded Photo
Was a tough year down there with no mast crops but managed a boar. Camera lens was foggy so not a great pic.

From: mikea20
28-Sep-17
Congrats! That's awesome! Did you call it in, spot and stalk? How did it happen?

From: RogBow
28-Sep-17
The day I got this bear is as follows;

I got up at 5 am, double checked my pack for essentials, ate a quick breakfast bar, and headed over to a parking area where I would work a few canyons. As it started getting light enough to shoot, I slowly made my way up the edge of canyon number 1 watching carefully for bear. I only spotted deer and elk on that 3 mile loop. I got back to my truck for a quick look at the map and decided on another canyon 2 miles away so started the hike over there after a nice refreshing Coke and a sandwich. I slowly worked my way up the canyon hoping to see a legal bruin. After going up that canyon 1.5 miles the only thing I saw was huge piles of fresh bear dung but the problem is the wind was swirling so bad is would be futile to wait for that bear to show. It was a great place for a smart bear to stay alive.

I worked back down canyon 2 and decided to see where the boundary of the property was just for the heck of it. When I got there I took a quick sit down and started wondering how many miles I could cover in a day. I was kind of surprised I covered what I did by 3 pm.

By this time the wind was not my friend, straight at my back surely spooking anything in front of me. I slowly made my way back to another canyon on the way that I reserved for later thinking the wind would calm and be more consistent. When I got to the foot of canyon 3 it was 5 pm, my water bladder was out, and I said to myself I would look over just one more edge to see what was in this hidden pocket.

I crested the top of the bluff slowly and saw something 1/4 mile away. I pulled up my binos and yep, there is a nice brown colored bear feeding on a flat. I ranged that bear at 470 yards and thought that's just way too far for me these days. I used to shoot a lot more rifle and could make that shot but on this day I decided to cut the gap.

I quickly hoofed it around the rim of the canyon hoping the wind would cooperate. As I made my way to nerve rattling, excited distance of about 200 yards I see another bear to my left coming up my side of the canyon. There was no shot as all I could see was brief moments of bear slipping between the oak brush thickets. I quickly turned my scope down to minimum, 4.5x and waited for this bear to pop out in front of me.

The bear was now 20 yards away from me and the brush was so thick I didn't know where he was going to pop out. I did know the wind was bad, he would scent me instantly at that range with the direction it was blowing. I knew it was going to be a quick shot so I flipped the safety off my rifle and got ready.

The bear popped out 20 yards away, I quickly put the reticle right behind his shoulder and fired. It was a quick, clean, ethical kill and it all happened so quickly I don't even remember the recoil or blast of the 300 wsm.

It was a fun, short hunt and would do it again.

From: mikea20
29-Sep-17
What a terrific story! Glad you decided to 'put in the last mile' for a huge payoff! I'm hoping to go next year and trying to gather all the info I can on the subject especially here in Colo, where we have a few more restrictions than other Western states. Thanks for the story and again congrats! Are you having it mounted or turned into a rug?

From: RogBow
29-Sep-17
The key is to be prepared if you do get one. You need to have ice on hand for the meat, you need to have salt for the hide. In the warm early season this is the priority. Plan your route back to get the bear inspected, you have 5 days to do that but if not frozen it would never make it that long. Prop the mouth open with a stick so the officer taking a tooth sample doesn't have to wrestle with getting the mouth open.

Bear must be cooked through and bear taste like what they eat. Don't cut yourself while skinning/butchering one. Black bears aren't that big so field judging you need to look at the head closely to be sure it's a mature animal. Make sure there are no cubs.

I went with a shoulder mount on this one with the remainder going to cover the top of a bookshelf. Also a euro and a necklace with the claws. I did all this mostly because 15 years of applying for the tag holds some weight. This was my first bear tag as I've never really been serious about hunting them. I was also happy to be able to get back to bowhunting rutting elk, so that was a huge bonus.

Good luck to you next season.

From: jims
30-Sep-17
Rogbow, congrats on your hunt! Looks like a super nice, color-phased boar!

I happen to be dumb enough to have 20 bear pts. There actually aren't many guys that have more pts than me in Colo. I've considered the Bosque, 61, and others...but haven't "made" time for a bear hunt. Sure sounds fun!

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