Freelance Bowhunter wrote:Tim H wrote:Low harvest numbers could be looked at several ways. If it takes 10 years to get a kill tag, a hunter probably isn't going to shoot the first 100 pounder that comes through. In my eyes they'd probably wait for something bigger. Just because they aren't filling their tags, it doesn't mean the bear numbers aren't there.
My experience in communicating with a LOT of bear hunters would lead me to believe the opposite. Most people are thinking it took so long to get this tag that they aren't going to take a chance on not getting a bear. They may wait for a mature bear, but not for long, and at some point they are going to shoot that yearling rather than not shoot a bear at all. Hunters who wait many years to draw a tag are more likely to shoot a smaller bear not less likely.
(Most people are thinking it took so long to get this tag that they aren't going to take a chance getting a bear) That way of thinking has always been the norm in Wisconsin and other state where it takes you years to draw tags, only experienced bear hunters with a few bears under their belt might think differently.