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#3649807 - 04/19/14 12:21 PM Bear hunting changes
smstone22
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Something is in the air, not sure exactly what....
http://www.nooga.com/166288/twra-to-recommend-bear-hunting-season-in-hamilton-bradley-counties/
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#3649824 - 04/19/14 12:52 PM Re: Bear hunting changes [Re: smstone22]
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Expansion of bear hunting opportunity = good, but something had to be done about the bear check in system.
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#3650450 - 04/20/14 10:31 AM Re: Bear hunting changes [Re: Poser]
CATCHDAWG
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I'm all for opening bear season at least here in Bradley co. I'd be even more for doing away with the stupid reserves in Cherokee wma. There may have been a time when it was needed twenty years ago but not now! I hunt on the Ocoee reserve quite a bit and see probably ten bears to every deer, the place is just over run with them!
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#3650532 - 04/20/14 12:59 PM Re: Bear hunting changes [Re: CATCHDAWG]
fredfred
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There's not enough Bears in Cumberland county for a season either
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#3651497 - 04/21/14 03:33 PM Re: Bear hunting changes [Re: fredfred]
timberjack86
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Good news that the population is growing so well!
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#3652178 - 04/22/14 09:12 AM Re: Bear hunting changes [Re: timberjack86]
Jmed
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My buddy could have taken one on the hamilton/bradley line for the past 4 years....this is great news! Wish they would take a look at the buck limits
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#3652506 - 04/22/14 03:14 PM Re: Bear hunting changes [Re: Jmed]
stik
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 Originally Posted By: Jmed
Wish they would take a look at the buck limits


the buck limit is fine as is.
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#3659699 - 04/30/14 07:24 PM Re: Bear hunting changes [Re: stik]
smstone22
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http://www.ihoneida.com/2014/04/state-agency-proposes-bear-hunting-season-for-scott/
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#3659716 - 04/30/14 07:39 PM Re: Bear hunting changes [Re: smstone22]
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TWRA’s proposal comes on the heels of a 2013 survey that concluded there are nearly 300 black bears on the northern Cumberland Plateau, most of those on the Tennessee side of the TN-KY border.

300 Bears and everybodys gets a chance at one for a month.

As the elk population grows in the restoration zone legal hunting of elk will be a management option. As of January 2009, it is estimated that just over 300 elk roam freely throughout the zone. Beginning in the spring of 2009, the TWRA will issue five bull elk tags to the sportsmen and women of Tennessee, four of these tags will be raffled off through a quota permit drawing while one will be donated to the RMEF to generate monies for the elk program. The number of tags was carefully determined to make sure there were no negative affects of the current growth of the population. With any luck, the first legally harvested wild elk in over 140 years will take place in the fall of 2009

300 elk and only 5 tags were issued for a couple days
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Now tell me how this makes since?
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#3659723 - 04/30/14 07:47 PM Re: Bear hunting changes [Re: fredfred]
smstone22
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I think the wording is alittle off. I could be incorrect and if I am someone please correct me, but the 200-300 number the DNA survey came up with was for the immediate area the original DNA survey took place in (BSF and Pickett), not the follow up multi county (including Cumberland) survey. I believe that 200-300 number was only for that specific area (BSF and Pickett, not for the areas outside of that(like mine) with the best habitat that has alot of bear.

I'll say this, I am very suprised that the hunt was proposed for such a huge area that is well outside of the "epicenter" of bears. I cant believe Cumberland Co. was added to it for instance. At least my area is hopefully getting what we need but man what a huge net to throw. I never would have imagined the proposal would be this liberal. I guess they are thinking the arhcery only will limit it alot and I imagine it will.
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