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post #1 of 22 (permalink) Old 03-31-2012, 11:25 AM Thread Starter
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Harvest number accuracy for bears

Does the GC only record the number of bear brought to a check station or do they add into the numbers a% for bears not recorded. The reason I ask this is that a big complaint by hunters is that they think the deer harvest reports are inaccurate but you never hear anyone complain about bear harvest accuracies. The GC estimate that up to 60%of deer go unreported, what is the percentage for bear?
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Re: Harvest number accuracy for bears

Every bear that is killed in pa has to be checked in. I would say that the harvest numbers you see on the bear kill is 100%. Sproul
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Re: Harvest number accuracy for bears

I wouldn't say 100% because theres always outlaws, but I'd bet its pretty darn close.

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Re: Harvest number accuracy for bears

I wasn't considering poaching and the possabilities of guys leaving dead cubs in the woods, I was trying not to bring that issue up. Ok bear harvest numbers are close to 100%. Sproul
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Re: Harvest number accuracy for bears

So an actual check station is appox 100%, deer harvest reports are around 50%. Seems like a deer check station would then give a more accurate estimate to the total number of deer kill.Why not increase the price of liscenses to pay for people to work the check stations, do a 3 year study to see what the difference is check stations vs estimate harvest reports and see if there actual system is accurate.It surprises me that all bear hunters will report there kill but deer hunters don't.Isn't it alot easier for people to report a deer, definately less time consuming, no need to leave there house and drive somewhere at $4.00 a gallon. Why are bear hunters so honest and deer hunters aren't? Aren't they usually the same person?
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Re: Harvest number accuracy for bears



Bear season is how many days? 3-4 days. Deer 6 weeks archery, 2 weeks rifle and 3 weeks muzzy & late archery. A lot of man powers (hours) for deer.

I'd rather see online & telephone for deer...no more cards. That way when cross checking field checks with harvest reports there would be no more "lost in the mail" excuse. Reporting would go up.
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Re: Harvest number accuracy for bears

Pete the amount of deer harvested is approx 60 times that of bear and as Frey stated the seasons are much longer for deer.

The costs associated and the manpower to run such check stations for deer would be bank breaking (and killer on a work schedule)

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Re: Harvest number accuracy for bears

I agree with Frey about the ease of using on-line and telephone for calling in deer kills. Makes things much easier and quick on the computer.

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Re: Harvest number accuracy for bears

As "Lost in the Sproul" brought up no one likes to think of the unethical hunters "slobs" but they are out there. I Know of one high ranking Fayette Co. official that has shot at least 2 bears in Dunbar SGL 51 took pictures of them and left them. Two different seasons from the same rock. He is 74 yrs. old and said that the GC wants them all killed and he is not having a heart attack taking them out of the woods. If some one reports him or others like him then stuff will happen to family members etc. So I do not hunt the area any more. I hope he gets caught some day.

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Re: Harvest number accuracy for bears

If you know him and also know that he is shooting bears and leaving them lay, have you reported it to the Pgc?

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