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    Eagle Valley Elk herd drops 40%

    This is an interesting read for those of you considering elk hunting in the Eagle Valley of Colorado.



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    Thanks for sharing!

    I found the observation about all the non-hunting recreational activity, as a stressor on the elk, interesting.

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    I live here in that unit 44. A lot can be attributed to no closed area during elk caving to keep the shed hunters and those riding off road vehicles all over the hills. That along with the number of bears in the unit now.

    This last muzzle loader season I saw no less than 15 bears in a weeks time, and I would say that well over half of them were different bears.
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    Our bear hunting structure at some point is going to have to change and I think the only solution is baiting like many other states.
    Not having a dedicated area closed off for calving is a tough one also to overcome.

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    "Before 2007, there would be 2,000 or more cow elk permits available for the fall hunting license draw. This year, there will be fewer than 200"

    Shouldn't the biologist have caught this issue much sooner? I would think when the elk herd drops below 10% of the target goal they would reduce the number of cow tags accordingly to balance this? If it was up to me I would be giving the bear tags away free with an OTC elk license. If the herd is in that big of trouble why even have the 200 tags?! I mean seriously. Close the freaking season down on cows.

    In the end, Its all about money. The DOW got to ride the wave and Sell those tags until the resource is now gone.

    Then throw their hands up and scratch their heads, then go on to blame hikers and predation (Which I am sure are part of the problem).

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    Quote Originally Posted by JimP View Post
    I live here in that unit 44. A lot can be attributed to no closed area during elk caving to keep the shed hunters and those riding off road vehicles all over the hills. That along with the number of bears in the unit now.

    This last muzzle loader season I saw no less than 15 bears in a weeks time, and I would say that well over half of them were different bears.
    Maybe its time I try for that bear skin rug?





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    I went to a discussion last night with CPW and the Colorado Bowhunters Association. CPW recognizes they have a problem with bears. One audience member brought up bringing back spring bear hunts, which is the most logical solution. CPW floated dedicated bear seasons but there is really a not enough days during the fall to hunt these and not infringe on other seasons.

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    I'm all for spring bear hunting!

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    Quote Originally Posted by JimP View Post
    I live here in that unit 44. A lot can be attributed to no closed area during elk caving to keep the shed hunters and those riding off road vehicles all over the hills. That along with the number of bears in the unit now.

    This last muzzle loader season I saw no less than 15 bears in a weeks time, and I would say that well over half of them were different bears.
    Seems that part about bears may be getting missed.

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    Likewise, the region has seen an increase in predators, including mountain lions, but that is a contributing factor at most.

    No mention of bears.

    I do agree. I have family who live in Rist Canyon NW of FT Collins and they have all sorts of bear problems over there.

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    The CP&W is working on getting rid of a lot of bears and lions north of the Rifle area in units 33 and 34 I believe, they started to do this last year. The problem is that I haven't heard of how it is going. They were doing this to help improve the deer herds in that area.
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