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Bear hunting near honey bee boxes?

I am trying to find out if it is legal hunt bear on a property that contains honey bee hive/boxes. I've been looking at the regulations, and didn't see anything concerning this specifically. Any info is appreciated. I have an opportunity to hunt a property, but found out there are hive boxes there.
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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 11-06-2012, 12:15 PM
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Re: Bear hunting near honey bee boxes?

wouldn't think they are any different from other normal agriculture. do you hunt bear near a corn field?

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Re: Bear hunting near honey bee boxes?

I would hunt it. I have bee hives myself and I can assure you that no one goes through all the work of setting up a hive with the intentions of using them for bear bait.

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Re: Bear hunting near honey bee boxes?

I was just hoping someone might know for sure. I didn't know if it was the same as hunting over agriculture. And of course if I call the GC, I could get 5 different answers.
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Re: Bear hunting near honey bee boxes?

My understanding of bait is that you have to be knowingly taking advantage of a baited animal. SO it leaves alot of grey areas.

Many of us hunt some suburban areas where there are many bird feeders and maybe even people throwing out a handful or two of corn. Obviously, deer will take advantage of these areas at times. So does that make hunting anywhere near a neighborhood illegal? No. But If you were to set up overlooking the feeder and waiting then yes. So where is the line drawn? Say you are hunting a thin strip of woods with one wallered deer trail leading to the bird feeder. You could be 1/2 a mile away and still be "taking advantage of the bait."

In your case, I would say you're fine. Can't say I would set up over top of the bee boxes, but thats just me
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Re: Bear hunting near honey bee boxes?

As long as the bee boxes arent manipulated in an unnatural way you can hunt right by them. If you took the topsoff them and spread the honey around that would be a different story because that isnt a "normal" agricultural practice.

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