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Old 09-10-2007, 06:31 PM
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I've noticed that the Colorado Elk bow season overlaps with the rifle bear season. Has anyone ever carried a rifle while elk hunting with a bow? This year onour elk hunt, we came across a large boar up at 12,000' and wasn't sure if we could get within bow range if I had a permit, which I didn't. We could definately get within rifle range and was considering putting inthe draw for next year.Is it legal to carry a rifle while bow hunting, with a legal permit forbear of course.
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Old 09-12-2007, 11:51 AM
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I don't think so, but you're allowed to carry a pistol, I think, or there was a law that was being considered to allow it, so you could get a .500 Magnum or something if pistols are legal.
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Old 09-12-2007, 05:54 PM
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In 'rifle' season you can carry anything you want.
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Old 09-12-2007, 06:12 PM
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This is what is confusing! A rifle bear season is running concurrently with the elk "bow" season. I feel it should be legal to carry a rifle during the bow elk season, as long as both permits are in hand.
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Old 09-18-2007, 12:55 PM
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I've noticed that the Colorado Elk bow season overlaps with the rifle bear season. Has anyone ever carried a rifle while elk hunting with a bow? This year onour elk hunt, we came across a large boar up at 12,000' and wasn't sure if we could get within bow range if I had a permit, which I didn't. We could definately get within rifle range and was considering putting inthe draw for next year.Is it legal to carry a rifle while bow hunting, with a legal permit forbear of course.
I too came across a large boar (I assume) about 12,000' while elk hunting this year. In fact,me and my partner came across 2 mature bears in 5 hours in the same meadow. Next year I'm going to apply for the early rifle bear tag as my 1st choice, bull elk muzzleload for my second, and a cow as my third. If I get my 2nd or 3rd choice, I'll buy the over the counter muzzleload tag for bear and have one weapon for both. What part of the state were you in?
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Old 09-18-2007, 05:34 PM
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Apple, this was in the Maroon Bells wilderness area. We've seen alot of bear sign when we hunt there, so next year I'll definately buy a bear permit to carry along, just in case.
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Old 09-19-2007, 08:37 AM
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We were just north of Chama, NM on the Colorado side.
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Old 09-19-2007, 10:58 AM
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Yes, if you have a permit for both then you can carry both weapons in Colorado!
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Old 09-19-2007, 12:31 PM
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Yes, like huntquest said but you MUST have both permits in your posession.
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Old 09-19-2007, 06:44 PM
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Thanks for responding everyone! After reading the odds of a non-resident drawing the limited early season rifle bear tag, I figure it's not likely to happen, but I might as well be prepared. Thanks!
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