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post #31 of 53 (permalink) Old 11-28-2019, 08:27 PM
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Some people thought the Saturday opener was going to desimate the bear population. That was 10 years ago and it continues to increase. As usual, the PGC was far to conservative, with bears, like they are the favored species in this state.
Nonsense!! they were not too conservative, they were responsible by not throwing caution to the winds and moving forward in increments instead rapidly. Moving slowly into increasing the length of the season is a lot smarter than moving too fast. Animal populations are not static, they grow and the fall back. Judging by the harvests in the last decades, they have done a stellar job with managing bears populations.

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Nonsense!! they were not too conservative, they were responsible by not throwing caution to the winds and moving forward in increments instead rapidly. Moving slowly into increasing the length of the season is a lot smarter than moving too fast. Animal populations are not static, they grow and the fall back. Judging by the harvests in the last decades, they have done a stellar job with managing bears populations.
Hardly stellar. They now realize they had to do something out of the box to curb an increasing population.

Guess what? You go to far with reduction, you reverse course.

Seems they did that with the deer population? Concurrent was too much for 2 weeks, they cut back. Not hard to figure out populations, especially deer and bears can snap back.

There was a warden or something that said the bears were gonna be hit too hard with the Saturday opener. He was proved wrong. So much for PGC experts
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Says you, you have no track record, the PGC does. End of story.
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post #34 of 53 (permalink) Old 11-30-2019, 04:17 PM Thread Starter
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I see the PGC reported 188 in the extended season today.

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post #35 of 53 (permalink) Old 11-30-2019, 04:23 PM
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Season length has very little to do with deer populations. It's all in the anterless allocations. With bears there are no limits as tags are unlimited.
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Season length has very little to do with deer populations. It's all in the anterless allocations. With bears there are no limits as tags are unlimited.

Season length has ALOT to do with deer poplations! Only a small percentage (in most WMUs) of the allocated doe tags are actually filled. Why do you think they used the concurrent season for herd reduction then went back to the split seasons statewide except for the SRAs? Think how many more deer both antlered and does would be harvested if they gave an additional week of concurrent rifle season, or if say archery was open nonstop from Sept 1 to Jan 31 statewide.
More hunting time will always lead to a bigger harvest percentage vs number of hunters of any game species
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I see the PGC reported 188 in the extended season today.
Extended bear kill up to 223

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Count me into that total, yesterday I killed the first bear I’ve ever seen in the woods while hunting, live weighed at 475#. Let me tell you it is an interesting experience to have something that big galloping through the woods at you. Took 20 minutes for my leg to stop shaking enough that I could safely climb down from my stand.
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Count me into that total, yesterday I killed the first bear Iíve ever seen in the woods while hunting, live weighed at 475#. Let me tell you it is an interesting experience to have something that big galloping through the woods at you. Took 20 minutes for my leg to stop shaking enough that I could safely climb down from my stand.

Great bear! Congrats! Nice rig too!
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Nice bear, congrats CMP!
On another note, can somebody point me to a bear harvest by county?
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