Bear Season Colorado 2015

Bear season was a complete failure for me this year. I had gotten mixed up on the application deadlines and ended up with a muzzle loader license. This was the first time I had ever used that type of firearm and even though I had one in my closet, I had never even fired it. 

So the learning curve was there and I got to where I could load and hit my target but finding a bear was hard. In that season you only have one week to hunt and unless you have spotted a bear earlier that is frequenting an area, you probably are not going to see one. 

The last bear I did harvest was on an elk carcass and there were actually 5 bears visiting that same elk meat. So that was a great hunt. This year I didn't kill an elk or find one dead so it just did not happen. 

Currently the laws in Colorado prohibit baiting and the use of dogs and the use of electronic calls so its a tough season in areas with a lot of timber. The game wardens tell me that in the areas with oak brush its much easier to see bears and stalk them. i may have to try a different location next year. 

Fall Colors Abound

This past weekend saw the conclusion of the archery deer and elk season.  

I have heard both good and bad reports so far but it appears that hunters who were willing to hike back in several miles scored more consistently than others who did not go as far. The elk found places to hide in response to the pressure from both bow and muzzleloader hunting.

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Hunting Report, September 18 2014

I had hoped to have a personal hunting success story for the readers this week but so far have struck out on both bear and elk. Those 4 a.m. alarms are starting to wear thin and I am just trying to hang on for now.

There have been some success stories of course but the results are too scattered to really try and pattern a hunt. The warm temperatures have sent the elk into hiding and hunters report poor conditions overall. I was able to stop and visit many camps this past week and everyone was reporting the same dismal results. Many of the hunters simply gave up and went home which is troubling for our reputation as a prime hunting destination.  

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