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    I'm all for spring bear hunting too (and have some preference points burning a hole in my "account") but wouldn't that put hunters out in the field pressuring elk as much as shed hunters?

    This might be an unpopular opinion (who loves Johnny Law breathing down their necks?) but I'd love to see more enforcement of the shed hunting laws. When I go out on general hikes I NEVER see CPW officers around outside hunting season. I got tag-checked twice this past fall (all in order thank you very much) but almost never see an officer any other time. Even a few random parking-lot drive-by's in high-risk areas (like Eagle Valley) around the state might help - it wouldn't "fix" it, but it might make some people think twice...

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    Calving areas would still be closed....and should stay closed. If that herd is in that bad a shape and the known ( if there is) calving area is not closed....then that's a shame.

    You could do the spring bear hunt like June 20 start for a 10 day season.

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    The problem with getting a spring bear hunt or allowing baiting is that I believe that it was a Colorado constitutional amendment that stopped the spring hunts and running them with dogs in the first place years ago. I remember that it was on the election ballot back when it happened.

    So it is not just a game and fish decision to reopen it.
    If you don't care where you are, you are not lost....

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    Yup, over 25 years ago already.
    Voters approved it. I think dogs were already gone but not sure.
    People voted on emotion claiming too many females with Cubs being killed.

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    And now they have monthly seminars in Boulder on how to deal with "problem bears".

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    Both trapping and spring bear hunting were voted on; with the Front Range carrying every election these 2 things have gone the way of the Dodo Bird and will never come back.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hunter25 View Post
    Yup, over 25 years ago already.
    Voters approved it. I think dogs were already gone but not sure.
    People voted on emotion claiming too many females with Cubs being killed.

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    Ontario banned spring bear hunting a few years ago and biologists found that this caused even more deaths of cubs due to increased predation by boar bears.

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    I remember the t.v ads in 1992 when the vote happened. it was way over the top with hunters shooting cubs and dogs in predator traps. I don't think we could ever get that amendment overturned by the public vote. I bet you couldn't find any politician to sponsor the bill.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RICMIC View Post
    Ontario banned spring bear hunting a few years ago and biologists found that this caused even more deaths of cubs due to increased predation by boar bears.

    They also found in Ontario that by people targeting large boars (As most hunters do) that it was causing the bear population to explode because the Big boars actually control the population by killing the cubs. Small boars rarely kill cubs because they mother can defend them.

    Maybe thats what happening in Colorado?

    Too many big boars being killed allowing the population to get out of control?

    Only FACTUAL studies can prove this theory. Ontario has those studies. I read them.

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    This is an interesting read and it covers a vast array of other information.

    You cant always relate one area to another due to human density but it provides some ideas.

    https://www.bearbiology.org/wp-conte...osky_Vol_6.pdf

 

 
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