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    Decided on unit 421

    Well me and my hunting party decided on unit 421 and were hoping we could get some info on possible spots to check out on our scouting trip this summer. We are bringing some youngsters with us this year along with a couple side by sides to make it more fun for them... they are excited for there first hunt and for the scouting trip, just trying to find some areas to check out with a chance for the kids to see some animals to get them hyped up for there first hunt. After some studying we have heard of bear activity in the area which doesn't bother me but makes my hunting partners wife a little worried about the kids, is there many bears in the area?
    For the scouting trip we will be looking for any signs of animals and for good areas to camp, mainly close to traveled road for ease of getting out of there in case a storm were to move in since we will be hunting out of a base camp (I don't think my hunting partners sons are quite ready for spike camps yet).
    We will hopefully all be holding a couple buck tags, cow tags and a couple bull tags.
    Thanks for the info/advice in advance

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    Jas I'm in there every 4th rifle for the past 10 years and fish ride quads at Vega at least once every summer. Shoot me a Pm and I can help you and the kids out.

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    Jas; I don't have any info on the unit, but have extensive experience in dealing with black bears. I teach "bear aware" to canoe groups in wilderness areas. I won't go into all the details here, but if you keep a food safe camp, I don't consider black bears to be any kind of a danger. You can get all the advice from the F&G websites. One thing that I have learned though the hard way, is to personally check on the kids to ensure that NO food ever ends up inside the tent. They will lie to you and sneak in candy bars, etc. Trust me on this, as I've guided over 200 boy scouts on these trips, and I bet over 10% will try to get away with it.
    You will be hunting with others, have noisy quads, all have guns, bear spray if it makes you feel safer, etc. If you see a bear, consider it as part of what you are going into the wilderness to experience. Good luck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RICMIC View Post
    Jas; I don't have any info on the unit, but have extensive experience in dealing with black bears. I teach "bear aware" to canoe groups in wilderness areas. I won't go into all the details here, but if you keep a food safe camp, I don't consider black bears to be any kind of a danger. You can get all the advice from the F&G websites. One thing that I have learned though the hard way, is to personally check on the kids to ensure that NO food ever ends up inside the tent. They will lie to you and sneak in candy bars, etc. Trust me on this, as I've guided over 200 boy scouts on these trips, and I bet over 10% will try to get away with it.
    You will be hunting with others, have noisy quads, all have guns, bear spray if it makes you feel safer, etc. If you see a bear, consider it as part of what you are going into the wilderness to experience. Good luck.
    Thanks for the info, I'm comfortable around bears and will keep a eye on the kids and food in the tent... mainly just trying to figure out if there actually is a bunch of bears in the unit or not, we all have bear proof coolers and they usually stay locked up in my truck under my bed cap.

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    Just a fyi for you if you don't know but your ATV's need to be registered in Colorado no matter what. There also may be some travel restrictions on them for where you are headed. I know that there are restrictions on the Grand Mesa.

    I wouldn't worry too much about bears. Just be prudent as you mentioned.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JimP View Post
    Just a fyi for you if you don't know but your ATV's need to be registered in Colorado no matter what. There also may be some travel restrictions on them for where you are headed. I know that there are restrictions on the Grand Mesa.

    I wouldn't worry too much about bears. Just be prudent as you mentioned.
    Yupp thanks for the info, all of our side by sides have ohv stickers. That's another thing I forgot to add to my post is we will also be scouting the restricted areas to be sure we know the areas. I have hunted in Colorado and been a resident all my life but this is a new unit for us so we appreciate all the info we can get.
    This trip is centered around the kids and getting them out in the outdoors instead of glued to the tv.

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    I didn't even look to see that you were a resident.

    I'm so used to non residents asking for help that I just thought that you lived out of state.

    Thinking can be a very dangerous thing for me to do at times.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JimP View Post
    I didn't even look to see that you were a resident.

    I'm so used to non residents asking for help that I just thought that you lived out of state.

    Thinking can be a very dangerous thing for me to do at times.
    No worries at all and my wife tells me not to think cause its dangerous for me too lol

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    If you keep a clean camp, you really won't have to worry about bears. If you see them while your hunting, as soon as they know you are there, they'll run like hell. The biggest problem will be at night in camp. they'll smell the food and it will attract them.
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    Buy a bear tag then you'll be guaranteed NOT to see one!

 

 
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