I don't think the odds will be that good unless you can call one in. You'll have lots of hunters for company in 2nd season, and the bears won't be hanging around.
I don't agree.Last year there were three bears working the area I was hunting and that was in 2nd season.1st season gets a lot more pressure. One boar follwed me up a trail and as I sat along the trail,I watched him sniffing my trail. He followed up to within 100 yards and I stood up.He took off thru the timber.The next night the same bear pulled part of a 6x bull out of a tree that young hunters had hung there. Thursday night ( it snowed Wed & Thur), a sow and cub got on the front quarters of the cow I shot .Luckily it was frozen solid and all she did was drag it around and then went back to the gut pile.I chased her off when I got there Fri AM to pack the front quarters out.This was right at timberline. Another bear was tearing up camps over the next ridge.
We usually see at least one bear each year just bumping into them.
Chances are not all that good of seeing one, but we do not actively go out and hunt them.I'd bet if a guy went out and stationed close to fresh gut pile,he could tag a bear.
I plan to buy an OTC bear tag this year as I'm tired of feeing them my elk.
This year,becasue of the drought and lack of food,they are going to be more active and get on those gut piles,hunters or not.
Milehigh.Why not get one of the 2ns season only OTC/cap Either Sex tags. No sense having to pass on a a bull if the opportunity presents itself.You can still buy the cow 'B' tag.
If I really wanted to kill abear,I'd look at the east side of the Sangres, Medano or Music pass area.