Re: Are You Concerned About BLACK Bears in the Backcountry?
I didn't think that I should be concerned about black bears, until my first Elk hunt, last year. My hunting partner and I had both taken bull elks on public land here in Steamboat Springs, CO. We packed out a couple dozen pounds of boned out meat each and returned with a pack horse and my girlfriend for the rest. Upon arriving at the carcasses, my hunting partner found that something had dragged off a hind and front quarter and found them about 15 yards away in the timber. The rest of the day was mostly uneventful. Went to work quartering and boning out my elk and boning out my partners. Got it all loaded up and began our decent down the mountain. As we were leaving, we observed from about 50 yards, a very large black bear nonchalantly walking over to where one of the carcasses lay. I'm sure it was watching us the whole time, waiting for its chance at the leftovers.
At that moment, I was not too concerned. However, I was doing some research about a gentleman I had met at the base of the mountain, who lived up the road, and whose name sounded familiar. I came across this article from 1999. http://findarticles.com/p/articles/m...1/ai_n9963562/
to summarize the article: the same gentleman I had met, was hunting elk. He packed out a load and was returning for the rest when jumped by a bear. He escaped with his life, but the bear injured his shoulder and hand.
I have reason to believe that the area where I was hunting is the same area where he was attacked (the gentleman owns land there, and most access to the area is through private property - Just one little sliver of BLM land surrounded by private land, I have reason to believe that is private land gains access to the hunting area)
Anyway, after reading the article, I thought about that black bear we saw when leaving the area and how we were boning out the carcasses with no rifles or sidearms (that was stupid of us). So, suffice to say, that I will be looking to purchase a hunting sidearm for, among other things, black bear protection, while hunting here in Northern Colorado.
"Real magic(k) can never be made by offering someone else's liver. You must tear out your own, and not expect to get it back." Peter S. Beagle (The Last Unicorn)