CO Deer/Bear

prhunter

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I have a deer hunt coming up in October (2nd Rifle) and was wondering if it would be a good idea to also pick up a bear tag.

I just received an email from CO DOW indicating that Non-Res bear tags are goin for $101.75.

My deer hunt is in unit 68/681. Thoughts?
 

FYT

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I don't know that unit, so I can't help there. My $.02 is that if you can afford the hundred bucks, why not?!? I'll be picking up a concurrent bear tag and when I'm out during 1st rifle for elk and 2nd rifle for deer, I'll happily take a nice bear if I come across one.

Three years ago I didn't have a bear tag but if I did I could have taken an absolute hog of a sow and I regretted not being able to do so, so I've been picking up this tag since (though I have yet to fill it). It's also cheaper for me as a resident, but I'd say go for it because you may regret not having it and also because CO has too many bears in the first place!
 

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I've seen enough posts about this to make me wonder if it'd be worth planning a short, 1 - 3 day bear hunt in CO on the way back from an ID or Montana trip. Some of y'all almost make it sound like a guaranteed thing in certain units.
 

Ben Sellers

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I think unit 68 is all sold out. Several units sold out before that email was sent.
 

JohnCushman

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I always have a bear tag during archery elk. I haven't used it yet, but I know damned well if I didn't have it in my pocket I'd have a bear within bow range. A good just in case tag.
 

Nick_CO

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Seems like I average about 1 bear sighting per rifle hunt I go on. Largest one I saw was 4th season a few years ago. So yeah, get yourselves a bear tag. Why not? Especially OTC hunters. I wouldn't bother if I just used 15 points on a muley hunt or something, but otherwise go for it. I finally applied for and drew a September Rifle Bear tag and am excited to focus solely on a bear hunt instead of opportunistic sightings while Elk or Deer hunting like usual.
 

wllm1313

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I've seen enough posts about this to make me wonder if it'd be worth planning a short, 1 - 3 day bear hunt in CO on the way back from an ID or Montana trip. Some of y'all almost make it sound like a guaranteed thing in certain units.
I think there are a couple places where except for POW you have the highest chances of success of anywhere in NA.

That being said I think your best chance is Sept 2-5 with a limited rifle tag.

Also, on a purely anecdotal basis, I’ve killed bears in three states... but not in CO. Partly that’s due to not wanting stop an elk hunt to pack out a bear.
 
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Ben Sellers

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Looks like you are correct. I thought those were unlimited
Most of the bear tags that are concurrent with deer/elk seasons are over the counter with caps. This means there are a limited number of tags but they are first come, first serve.
 
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