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#3659785 - 04/30/14 08:33 PM Re: Bear hunting changes [Re: smstone22]
fredfred
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Those numbers may very well be wrong. The elk numbers were for 2009. I'm sure the elk numbers have increased also. There are still only 5-6 elk tags a year. My point is why protect one animal and not the other? Both are native and both have been stocked into the area by TWRA.
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#3660106 - 05/01/14 11:06 AM Re: Bear hunting changes [Re: fredfred]
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The difference is that the bears will protect themselves, figuratively speaking. The elk hunts are comparable to shooting fish in a barrel. Bears are a much harder animal to hunt with a bow,from a stand. Look at the rest of the US, most archery bears are taken over bait because without bait, they simply are not patternable creatures. Anyone that knows bears should know that bait in some form accounts for a large number of bear archery harvests in TN. With all that said, I have not and never intend to archery hunt for bears in TN. If hunters are not violating baiting laws in the Cumberland region, the bear population will not be negatively affected.
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#3660330 - 05/01/14 04:30 PM Re: Bear hunting changes [Re: 2in1shot]
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That is a big IF!
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#3660438 - 05/01/14 07:38 PM Re: Bear hunting changes [Re: fredfred]
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I agree 100%. Most will whether the bait is dinner table scraps, dog food, bird feeders or trash cans. If you successfully legally harvest a bear in open woods with a bow you have done something.
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#3660572 - 05/01/14 09:46 PM Re: Bear hunting changes [Re: 2in1shot]
fredfred
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I hope the commission see's that the data doesn't support the theory of a large or even moderate bear population and puts the ax to this proposal.
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#3661014 - 05/02/14 01:25 PM Re: Bear hunting changes [Re: fredfred]
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 Originally Posted By: fredfred
I hope the commission see's that the data doesn't support the theory of a large or even moderate bear population and puts the ax to this proposal.


Why not have a Bear mortality quota like they have in Wyoming and other states. Open a season within a certain area with a limit of say 15 bears. Once 15 bears are checked in the season is closed. Simple as that.
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#3661151 - 05/02/14 04:16 PM Re: Bear hunting changes [Re: trealtree]
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KY did a 10 bear limit on their archery season. The quota was filled, not sure how long it took to fill it. The largest bear killed in KY this past year was taken 9 miles from my place. I think we will be seeing some dandies get taken when our season starts up. That 27 hits out of 28 area is not to far from me.
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#3661216 - 05/02/14 06:04 PM Re: Bear hunting changes [Re: smstone22]
fredfred
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If you want to hunt Bear then go to East Tennessee like the rest of us have to. Oh and when a couple of these (trophy) Bears are killed, see what happens to the lease prices in those areas.
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#3661526 - 05/02/14 11:17 PM Re: Bear hunting changes [Re: fredfred]
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Fred im guessing you will not shoot one if you see one during archery deer hunting?
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#3661645 - 05/03/14 08:42 AM Re: Bear hunting changes [Re: dovahkiin]
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 Originally Posted By: dovahkiin
Fred im guessing you will not shoot one if you see one during archery deer hunting?


That would be correct. I will not shoot one
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