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Never happen. States that do allow it are under attack by the bunny huggers.
 

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John S said:
Never happen. States that do allow it are under attack by the bunny huggers.
Sad but true...i would love to run them in my home state! But thats why you jus go to W.V!
 

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I have hunted bears with dogs in Va. The group I was with dont shoot many any more unless its a big one or a first time hunter wants it. I would love to have it in Pa. on a trial run make their own season for it so the people that dont want bears ran with dogs can have one as well
 

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the nice thing about it would be you could pick the bear you wanted to shoot and keep the cubs around
Same could be sed about baiting...
 

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I wish!!Hound hunting is crazy fun and tiring.Did it for my bobcat and it was the most exciting hunt ever in Pa.Be nice to see them do a season for dogs instead of these extended seasons.Dog guys would probably be a lot more picky too
 

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I agree I doubt we'll ever see it...


But if you like hunting with hounds I highly recommend a bear hunt...

I've been a coon hunter since about the time I could walk in the woods well...

Made some friends on the coast of NC and eventually was invited to their hunt club...my buddy had a friend that is older and was looking for help to run his bear dogs before the kill season...I told him i was in!

It was fast paced and action packed...amazing morning...we struck a bear fairly quick on free casted dogs..we saw the bear the evening before (or a bear in that field). We ended up treeing a sow and 2 cubs..right when I spotted them the sow bailed and boy the chase was ON..those little plott dogs he had took OFF and put the heat on her...I got a few pics of the cubs and we took off to cut off the dogs as they were heading for a big block we didn't want in...


I also ran deer down there and that was a blast...


The bears on the coast are numerous..we went spotting one night and we saw more bear than deer...it was amazing...

Its a different world and the hunting ain't for everyone...its thicker than thick....take the thickest place in PA and double it...you might be close...the bears honestly have tunnels in the brush...

I didn't make it for bear season..still working on it...their crew pretty much trophy hunts and said I would have about no problem killing a 200-300# bear..anything bigger and he said I might have shooting competition...
 

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hey we can all wish that someday it would happen i can see the good and the bad with it and it not like you can have a couple dogs and shoot more bear its just a different way of doing it you still have to do the homework and put the hours in finding them
 

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i would be against it . not much for speaking against any one hunting ,but , i would think it could be fairly easy .my family has always had black and tans . we have had several over the years that would ride in the back of the truck and pretty much tell us what side the bear was on . i think it would be fairly easy for guys that had good dogs .the bears around here don't have big woods to scurry through , see them tree with a barking hound on them quickly . would have to agree that it would save some cubs ,however the last time i checked my license says bear , not big bear
 

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im not saying that it said big bear but i know alot of people personally would let a cub go than to shoot it me being one of them. and its not a cake walk using a dog you have to know where bear are at you have to find tracks and put time in. same as you do for any other kind of hound hunting
 

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They could make rules as to the size of the bear and would have to make it a seperate season or it wouldn't work but I don't think we will ever see it here in PA not unless we were literally overan and it wouldn't last long. Costs a lot of money to keep them dogs going and a lot of work. If they did have a season I would be all for it. There would be soooo much opposition from other hunters though. Look how much trouble you have with everything else. People not wanting to share public land is the problem with a lot of people they think they own it and you have no right to walk through where they are hunting even if you try to avoid people you still manage to run into them. Should be a point system where you can report those types of people then after so many points they should not be allowed on public land. They just make the outdoor experiance bad for everyone and discourage the youth from hunting.
 

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I can see it now...Public land/game lands...Guy and kid in heavy laurel sitting on stand...hear brush breaking and out comes bear...kid shoots bear....then they hear dogs barking in the distance...Someone is going to be real upset one way or the other
 

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I'm for any extended opportunity to thin the bear population.

That being said........in my area, you'd be hard pressed to find a houndsman who would put his dogs on a bear. Too many roads to have high-dollar hounds crossing.
 

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dce said:
I think the chase would be cool but I couldn't imagine wanting to shoot one out of a tree.
look at the other side of the coin. You would have time to decide if it's a bear you want to shoot or not, and you have a good, standing shot, instead of cranking away at one going flat out thru a thicket. Much, much easier to make a humane 1-shot kill.
I'm all for it, but no, I don't think it will ever happen.
 

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Retired Donkey said:
No need for dogs to make it easier.
Ain't anything easy about it! The only thing easier to kill with a dog than without, is a rabbit. Any hound guy can attest to that!
 
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