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I am planing a long back packing trip up in the mountains of Colorado along the Continental Divide. I plan to be in for ten days to two weeks. My first question is, is it legal to carry a gun for bear defense in Colorado? I have done some searching on the internet and cannot seem to find a clear answer to this. Please, no debating here, I am just asking if it is legal or not.
If it is legal, I was wondering if anyone who has experience dealing with bears would think that a 12 gauge shotgun loaded to the max with 3" magnum slugs and 000 buck would be enough to stop a bear?
Please, let's not start the whole gun vs bear spray vs experience debate here. Each person has their own ideology and I respect that. I am trained marksman with over 30 years of back county survival training and hunting experience. Most of my experience has been in tropical jungles though, where the animal dangers were Jaguars, Pumas, Anacondas, Venomous snakes, Crocodiles & Alligators etc. I have done some camping in Colorado before when I was young, but never any real deep back country stuff. I recently moved back to the US and want to start exploring our back country like have the jungles of Central and South America.
In my experience, there are few animals on this earth that will shake off the massive impact of a 12 gauge slug, and there is no better weapon for close quarter fast action combat then a short barrel 12 gauge with slugs and 000 buck. But having never faced a bear before and I thought I would ask people that do have some experience with killing bears.