Bear - 1st combined rifle season

300wtby

Active Member
Guys, I just got my Colorado regs in the mail yesterday. Planning on hunting in the Gunnison National Forest the 1st combined season (October 24 - November 1st). I've never hunted this area before so I'm not too familiar with the area. I'm going with my nephew and his dad. They have hunted here before. I'm curious about the chances of seeing a bear during that season. Is it worth purchasing a bear tag or will they be denned up? I know there are many factors including the weather but just looking for some advice.

Thanks,

300 Wtby

Dave
 

tailchasers

Long Time Member
Plenty on bear in that area. 1st is a great bear season with the added bonus of hunting over a fresh gut pile.
 

The_Coloradoboy

Active Member
Pretty late in the year for much bear activity. Not saying you couldn’t run into one but bears become very dormant after September when the temperatures drop and the snow begins to fly.
 

300wtby

Active Member
Thanks, for the replies. I got to looking at the regs and it doesn't look like you can hunt (unit 521) during the 1st season. They only offer a bear season for limited licenses for September 2 - 30.

Take Care,

300 Wtby

Dave
 

nripepi

Very Active Member
They are over the counter for during the 2nd Rifle Season (1st Combined) when you will be in 521. It is on Page 67 of the Regs. For $101, you should be able to buy one anytime up until the season starts. Not sure if it is worth it or not, but they will likely still be out and about during the end of October depending on the weather. It would stink if you see one, but the odds are probably 5% that you would have a shot at one (at least that is how often I see one that time of year). Not sure if those odds are worth $100 or not?
 

300wtby

Active Member
Thanks, I will have to consider it. For $100, what the heck, better safe than sorry.

Have a nice weekend!

Dave
 

swampokie

Active Member
Thanks, I will have to consider it. For $100, what the heck, better safe than sorry.

Have a nice weekend!

Dave
This is exactly what cpwd was counting on when the tags were reduced in price. Id like to know how much more revenue the reduced tags brought in last year. I heard that exact phrase 100 times from elk hunters last year that never saw a bear track much less a bear
 

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