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#3724137 - 08/03/14 02:11 AM Re: Bear hunting the Foothills WMA [Re: scn]
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Mud Dauber
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 Originally Posted By: scn
 Originally Posted By: Poser
Adam,

Like BB said, the tagging regulations for bears is quite a prohibitive system. With some coordination, a few of us on here started submitting that this regulation be changed during the TWRA comment period. Here is a write up of my first attempt at bear hunting in Tennessee: http://gocarnivore.com/2013/11/26/tennessee-bear-hunt/

You seem to have the right attitude for it. Stick around on this forum as there are a couple of guys on here that run dogs and might be willing to help you out, espeically if their tags are already filled.


In the for what it's worth column, your comments were considered during the season setting process, and changes were made. Proclamation 14-05 in the Big Game Tagging section reads:

(2) All harvested bears must be checked in at any approved checking station (excluding internet and mobile applications). Bears may be whole or field dressed, but must weigh 75 pounds or greater when checked in. If bears are quartered or boned out, the total of the meat, hide, etc. must equal or exceed 75 pounds. The reproductive sex organs shall remain attached to each bear harvested at least until the bear has been officially checked out at any official checking station.


Sweet! I didn't know that. Wow!
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#3724146 - 08/03/14 05:20 AM Re: Bear hunting the Foothills WMA [Re: scn]
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Thanks SCN. Everything I've read was the old rules. That's awesome!
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#3724504 - 08/03/14 03:17 PM Re: Bear hunting the Foothills WMA [Re: scn]
timberjack86
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 Originally Posted By: scn
 Originally Posted By: Poser
Adam,

Like BB said, the tagging regulations for bears is quite a prohibitive system. With some coordination, a few of us on here started submitting that this regulation be changed during the TWRA comment period. Here is a write up of my first attempt at bear hunting in Tennessee: http://gocarnivore.com/2013/11/26/tennessee-bear-hunt/

You seem to have the right attitude for it. Stick around on this forum as there are a couple of guys on here that run dogs and might be willing to help you out, espeically if their tags are already filled.


In the for what it's worth column, your comments were considered during the season setting process, and changes were made. Proclamation 14-05 in the Big Game Tagging section reads:

(2) All harvested bears must be checked in at any approved checking station (excluding internet and mobile applications). Bears may be whole or field dressed, but must weigh 75 pounds or greater when checked in. If bears are quartered or boned out, the total of the meat, hide, etc. must equal or exceed 75 pounds. The reproductive sex organs shall remain attached to each bear harvested at least until the bear has been officially checked out at any official checking station.
Great job to everyone that made this happen!!!
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#3726115 - 08/05/14 09:48 AM Re: Bear hunting the Foothills WMA [Re: scn]
DaveB
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Amazing, congratulations to Poser and all the others who petitioned for a change to the rules and were successful.
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#3728673 - 08/08/14 04:58 AM Re: Bear hunting the Foothills WMA [Re: DaveB]
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Great change !
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#3734645 - 08/15/14 08:24 PM Re: Bear hunting the Foothills WMA [Re: ghosthunter]
2in1shot
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Next question: can you even bear hunt foothills? In the regs it does not list a bear hunt.
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#3734790 - 08/16/14 12:09 AM Re: Bear hunting the Foothills WMA [Re: 2in1shot]
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It's open to statewide regulations
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#3735670 - 08/17/14 10:17 AM Re: Bear hunting the Foothills WMA [Re: AdamMcK]
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Honestly, If it were me I would go either north or south of the park, Foothills gets hunted pretty hard and has very limited access.
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#3735912 - 08/17/14 05:01 PM Re: Bear hunting the Foothills WMA [Re: CATCHDAWG]
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really don't have much choice. I don't know anyone with private land. I want to hunt the opener due to my work schedule and deer season here in Indiana. S that leaves the Foothills. We plan on still hunting and calling to cover as much ground as we can.
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