Fall Bear

Discussion in 'Bear Hunting' started by Dalebow, Jul 9, 2012.

  1. Dalebow

    Dalebow Well-Known Member

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    I have shot spring bears and they had long, beautiful hair, my big Choc bear was shot on Oct 18th, 2010, which was a pretty hot year and the hair was long and pretty. I drew a CO bear tag for Sept 3-7 and was just wondering what the hair is like then?
    Thanks
     
  2. HARPERC

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    Generally good, but getting better. Some of the bigger bear can seem a little thin. The August ones we've shot here, and in BC were OK. All the old hair is gone so they don't have patches here and there.
     

  3. winmag

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    I typically hunt Hells Canyon the 3rd weekend in August. Just about the time the wild plums are ripe. It's very very rare to see a bear with a thin coat even then. However, my September bear from 01' had the thickest coat I've ever seen. I'll bet you'll be fine. No where near as risky as spring bear, & I belive the meat is 10 times better in the fall. Huckle berries, wild plums, blackberries, & green grass all summer make for way better flavor than something that has been living off its fat reserves, & hadnt fooped in months. Just my opinion..... but I'm right:D hehehe
     
  4. HARPERC

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    I think you're absolutely right-especially a young kick out that likely never had nothing but momma's milk, grass, and berries.
     
  5. Dalebow

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    sounds good, Iam looking forward to it.:D
     
  6. Timber338

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    I hunt in Colorado along the western slope of the Rockies up in the Grand Mesa National Forest... I have yet to see a bear with a scraggly looking coat. Everything from cubs up to the biggest boars all have very healthy thick fur in the Fall, and the bear population is very healthy. Although, I have never hunted there in the Spring, so I don't know how their coats start out after Winter.

    Just this morning I picked up my OTC bear tag for the 2nd rifle season in late October... as always, it's gonna be hard to wait for hunting season! gun)
     
  7. Dalebow

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    I got my first season rifle tag also for bear, it is an A tag and my private land rifle tag for Sept 3 is a B tag, so Iam hunting bear twice in CO:)
    Hope to repeat my 2010 OTC tag hunt, got my elk in the morning and my bear exactly 12 hours later:D
     
  8. Dalebow

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  10. winmag

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    Nice bear bud!
     
  11. KurtB

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    Pumpkin head I guess. Any measurements or scores off that bear you would share?
     
  12. Dalebow

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    7' sq, 503# certified scale, 19 11/16, lot of fat on him
     
  13. KurtB

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    Just a huge bear. Congrats. Assuming he came in to your elk kill. I'll be hunting water holes with an elk tag and a bear tag. Hoping for either.
     
  14. Dalebow

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    Nope, totally diff area, spot and stalk, he was feeding on scrub oaks