I read that report in the Trib today also. Sounded like they were tossing around a few ideas. It also reported wanting to make bear season the whole week of Thanksgiving. As well as make all seasons in the extended bear season the Mon to Sat thing.
The early season thing was to move the archery bear season up to October the same week as the early ML. Theory was that more bears would be available in case of early denning and the ML hunters could shoot bears also. We'll see what actually pans out.