Just looked at the Bear harvest report and they are at 4072 this year, the 2005 record was 4165.
Yeah they put a hurting on them up north this year. Even in my county Perry was more than doubled harvest compared to other years.Pchunter, I think you right about that.
Game comm wasn’t prepared to handle all the kills from ML this year.
Did you see how many from some of those townships up North.?
The reason they took the number of bears that were taken was because the population of bears was to the point that they needed to be thinned out. If the bears are not there and available they will not be killed. Back when there was a short season the population continued to grow and the problems with bears continued to grow and Gary Ault's research showed that we had more bears than we thought we had and that we cold kill a higher number and not jeopardize the resource. He was right and our harvest since the longer season prove it!That what I have heard, also
My observations mirror yours. I hardly saw anybody in bear rifle season and I hunted 2F and 2G. This was probably the lightest turnout that I've ever seen in my life. When the bear opener went to Saturday, my group noticed a big drop-off in participation in the NC region for whatever reason and I've had a few others tell me the same. Any time they expand the early season opportunities, I also notice a corresponding drop in rifle season participation, though there are always a few who chime in to tell me that I'm wrong about that.From what I saw, nobody was out hunting Bear rifle.
We were pretty much the only vehicles out and about. didn't see 1 other group larger than 2 guys all bear season.
I liked the ML season and bear during buck, but feel it took away some of the interest for bear rifle.
If they want to keep all these seasons, I won't waste time hunting around home anymore (2C) where I have to depend on pressure pushing them into the thick.