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I have been a resident in CO since 2015 and have hunted here since 2006. Elk mostly, deer some. I picked up an archery bear tag for 20, 28, 38 this year the heck of it. I have a deer tag that is my primary to fill but thought it might be fun to have the bear tag in hand just in case.
I understand fall bears are feeding heavily on berries and nuts so will be in the lower elevations in that type of veg......not really where I will be deer hunting. But I have a few spots where I think I can have a better than average chance of encountering a bear.
I also understand bears can be a real nuisance for folks living on the front range, and there may be some folks who would appreciate a motivated hunter trying to clear out a nuisance bear in these units. I am not looking for a rug, but I am anxious to try bear meat.
So if anyone has a suggestions to help me fill my tag.......I could use all the help I can get! PM Please. :>)
No answers a bear tag has always been very effective bear repellent for me.
I don't know why I bought it really. I've seen bear but never when I was hunting. I might go out once or twice focused on filling it in some spots I know that look promising.
Iv seen bears on almost every elk hunt that I didn’t spring for the bear tag. Iv yet to see one on a year that I bought one though.
I always wanted a bear with my bow so about 10 years age I bought a tag and have every since. I have now killed two bears that came to me while elk hunting. It is fun, and I think the more bears we can get rid of the better. I had sausage made out of both of them and it was very good. So I have another this year, the missus gets a little pissed about the rugs but other than that all is well. Scott
Your best chance is to fill that deer tag and wait on the gut pile. Actually lot of bears in the general area you're huntn. Good luck!
Good Luck...get the hide off quickly and cool him down. Meat will be great....get lots of sausage and ground. Bear tacos and chili!