July 21, 2016 at 1:23 pm #5348
Scotty, that is a mind bending amount of water. If I ever come out to CO I will look you up.
Are there grizzlies? I see black bears here on occasion, there is actually a good population of them in NW NJ where I fish most. I have seen them near brooks I fish, even was warned once last year that there were bears seen in the area, by that time I was almost done and never saw anything, kept fishing. I pretty much know what to do and what not to do, (no guarantees there) but it’s quite an adrenaline rush to see one. I love seeing them, if they were after me it would be a completely different story!
The other concern is altitude. I’ve lived 100ft above sea level or less pretty much my whole life. I’m in better shape than I have been in a long time but if it’s anything like the jet lag I experienced while going to Vegas this winter, the altitude is sure to get me.July 21, 2016 at 1:52 pm #5349
How’s this for a fast response? Yeah, I’m still on vacation with my computer in my lap. No grizzlies in Colo. Supposedly the last one was killed in 1972 I believe down around the South Fork area. Creek being a bear hunter may know more on that than I would. But in reality, I wouldn’t be surprised if there are one or two still lingering around that area, but no proof. I’m sure if there were, someone would have ran into one by now. So there’s no worries of meeting up with one. Black bears are common, but not to worry about either. Unless your car is filled with Twinkies and cup cakes with the windows rolled down, you may never see one, ha ha. I’ve only seen a handful in my lifetime in the wild. Now in Wyo. & Montana, yes, there are grizzlies. But here you have a better chance running into a moose than a bear.
Altitude, unless you go high and hike a lot, you should be fine. TAKE LOTS OF WATER & TAKE YOUR TIME if you do!!!!! Altitude sickness isn’t something to mess with. But if you’re in better shape than I am, and probably are, and get a Sawyer filtered water bottle, you’ll have nothing to fear if you stay hydrated and take it slow. A 100ft in elevation is nothing like 12,000ft. But the beauty of it is, you don’t have to go high to get into some beautiful water.July 21, 2016 at 3:18 pm #5350
Nope! No grizzlies. I wish there were. I love hunting for them.
I wouldn’t worry about black bears. If you’re lucky enough to see one it will be running 100 mph is the opposite direction. It’s one of the hardest animals to hunt. Their senses are like no other critter.
July 21, 2016 at 3:27 pm #5352
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Creek my friend, how’s your back healing? Have you been able to fish any lakes?July 21, 2016 at 4:16 pm #5353
That was quick Scotty! And thanks very much for the info.
Creek, Your comment about liking to hunt them reminds me of something I read once where a guy said he preferred to hunt grizzlies over black bear. Black bear were a pain in the arse because when shot they would run off and he’d have to go find them. He said when Grizzlies are shot they run to (AT) you….July 22, 2016 at 12:03 pm #5354
Sometimes black bears will run at you when shot too. It’s a bear thing.
Scotty………..Slow healing. Not much fishing. I’m trying to get healed up for hunting now. I switched from using a muzzleloader to a bow for hunting. Recoil from muzzleloader was hard on my back. Should be fun hunting for bear with a bow. Most guys will do that in a tree stand over bait. I’ll be stalking on the ground like always. Trees are for squirrels, not hunters. Bait is for those who can’t hunt.
Hunting to me is just like sneaking up on brookies on a creek. When hunting I like to sneak up on game instead of having them come to me.Much more rewarding and challenging. However, it does put me face to face with bears. It definitely gets the heart pumping.
July 24, 2016 at 12:41 am #5356
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Do what you need to do Creek, and good for you!!!! It’s always been a belief of mine that hunting is being in pursuit of the animal, not sitting on your duff and eating jerky while waiting for it to show up on a silver platter. I have a hard time with that even though I don’t hunt. It’s good to see someone make it a real sporting adventure. But being face to face, that’s more sport than I care for. With the heart pumping like that, who needs exercise?
Good luck.July 24, 2016 at 10:59 am #5357
I also carry no backup handgun. I have one shot with a bow to get it right and then i’m down to a bowie knife.
To be brave you have to scared first and then overcome it. I like the challenge and adrenaline rush.
A little nuts, but it sure beats be a couch potato getting fat.July 24, 2016 at 1:47 pm #5358
Creek, you have just become my all time American hero. A regular modern day Daniel Boone. I’d be carrying a hand gun. I once worked with a bear hunter years ago, and he would take a shot gun and bow. He said he would blast them in the face then get behind the bear and shoot them right behind the head with the bow. He said it was to cover up your scent by the bears own blood and to blind the bear. I saw it as nothing but a non fair advantage by the hunter who was a, I’ll just say a cheat and a chicken, who wasn’t in it for the sport, but just liked to kill animals. I simply looked at him and told him where he could go and went back to work. I get enough issues with people fishing at times that just makes me shake my head. I don’t need that hunting and dealing with others while carrying weapons. You never know what type of person you may be dealing with these days. As I have stated before in another post, I’m not against hunting as long as it’s done with honor and respect and for the right reasons. It’s a American tradition that should be passed down to those who choose to do it, like fishing is.
Speaking of fishing, I’m back from vacation and I still have a week off. Soooooo, tomorrow, it’s back to the creeks and streams stalking the different trout. I’m taking a box full of dries, and calling it good, and if they don’t work, I have a bowie knife……..LOL.
I should be getting my bamboo rod this week, maybe the next at the latest. I’ll let you all know what I think when it arrives.
By the way Creek, if you have to resort to hand to hand combat with the bear, and I hope you don’t, and God forbid this to happen, but what if in the struggle, the bear breaks your back again, what’ll you do then? Just curious, and I genuinely do care.July 24, 2016 at 2:10 pm #5360
I’m more worried about the bears teeth and claws than my back. Seriously, though. If a bear attacks i’m pretty much dead anyway.
Not such a bad way to go doing what I love to do.
Good luck with your cane rod. I’m sure you’ll enjoy it.
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