Watch the presentation from the bear biologist on the PGC website. PGC wants a higher harvest statewide and feels this is the best way to do it. They avoided the last week because they want to be cautious. Archery bear harvest could go from 250 to 800 or more and by using the week they picked it can help limit overharvest since the highest participation rate during archery is the last week. IMO people will now take off the 5th week instead of the last week so they can hunt both deer and bear, at least that's my plan!