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post #61 of 76 (permalink) Old 02-11-2019, 09:58 PM
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Dick, I love reading your posts so this isn't an attack, but is it still fair to say the bear population is growing at unreasonable numbers? Our states bear biologist reported at the BOC January meeting that bear numbers have stabilized the last three years. He also reported bear collisions and nuisance calls have remained stable in recent years. I read his chart to show a declining population currently, which shows the current population at 19,400. It seems like all the expanded bear seasons have already stemmed the growth, and if it wasn't for the rain on the 2017 opener and deep snow in 2018, it seems like it would have been a significant reduction already before these new proposed changes.
I am not convinced that the bear harvest result corollate as much to the bear populations as they do to the weather conditions of the season and stable hunter densities. Even the marked/recapture data (tagged bears in the harvest) is probably missing the majority of the bears that live in the remote areas as they should be. I suspect we have more bears in the remote areas of the state than the estimate process captures.

I know in this part of the state the vast majority of our bears have no idea they are ever being hunted. We have sows that living to be over twenty years old so that tells me we have a very healthy sow bear population that will not be harmed by harvesting the few that will be harvested during that week in October. If we see declining age trends n the future they can make adjustments to the season. But, at this point I see this as a positive step in the right direction even though if the decision had been mine I would have made it WMU specific and forced hunters to hunt bears in the big woods units during the October season. But I can also see the benefit of having it in the farm areas where farmers are suffering damage in their corn fields at that time of the year.


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Not thrilled about it because I have no intentions of hunting for bear until the rifle season and I imagine a lot of my best archery spots will be trampled over just before the rut. At the same time congrats to those who were wanting this. I do think it’s kind of cool. It just won’t be doing me in favors when it comes to archery.

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My question or my thought is I should be able to harvest a bear during this muzzloader season using my bow, correct? I can shoot a deer with my bow during this time and I can shoot a bear with my bow during rifle bear, I better be able to use a lowered powered weapon for this week.
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My question or my thought is I should be able to harvest a bear during this muzzloader season using my bow, correct? I can shoot a deer with my bow during this time and I can shoot a bear with my bow during rifle bear, I better be able to use a lowered powered weapon for this week.
I don't think so. Muzzleloader bear is one week and Archery bear is the two weeks following.

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That would make no sense in my eyes. You could always shoot a deer with a bow during any other rifle/muzzleloader season why wouldn't it be the same with the bow?
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They would have to go away from precedent if you couldn't use your bow. You can use your bow during any open season.
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If I can use a bow - I'm kinda excited for the opportunity to take a buck, a doe, or a bear at that time. Plus my kid & my buddy's dad can take their rifles at the end of the week ... Could become a new tradition!
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