Minnesota Urges Bear Hunters to Use Caution in Forest

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Due to storms in Minnesota there are thousands of acres of forest that have been affected by blow-down. The state is warning hunters that some areas are hard to access in the woods of Pine County, a popular bear hunting area. Pine County is a no quota area, so bear hunters are able to harvest two bears in the area during the season.

Two big storms in July led to major tree damage in St. Croix, Nemadji and Chengwatana state forests.

50 forest workers were working on making roads more accessible in the area. There are still areas that will be treacherous to get through. Hunters should also be careful around downed trees, trees with hanging limbs, twisted trees, just use caution in the forest.

Bear hunters in Minnesota are also required to send in two teeth samples from the bears they harvest. The teeth are used to determine the age of the bears. Most of the male bears usually are around 2, the females around 3, but there have been some as old as 30. Those that send in the teeth before November 1st will receive a Minnesota Bear Management Cooperator patch. From SCTimes.com.

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In the American west, poison

In the American west, poison was usually only practised by the owners of cattle or sheep who had suffered losses from bears, though this was rarely put into practise seeing as bears were harder to poison than most other carnivores such as wolves.Once a general area is identified, a bear hunt usually begins by looking for claw marks on trees.

GooseHunter Jr's picture

Amazaing how all the weather

Amazaing how all the weather related incidents are affecting the hunting this year.  With the fires, hurricanes and then just some bad storms...crazy year.  Them blow downs are nothing to mess with either they can take ya down quick.  We had an old tree that was standinf fall last year while elk hunting while it was snowing and the wind blowing like crazy.  The tree fell with in 50 yards of the wall tent...kinda scary to wake up and see a 2' diamter tree fallen over that close.  To all my hunting friends lets be as safe out there as we can.

hunter25's picture

Well if it's not one thing

Well if it's not one thing it's another as far as the weather goes. In most places it's been flooding or fires and now the hurricanes are hitting the coast again. I have never read much about a situation like this though where so many trees were blown down in a state like Minnesota to actually interfere with access and the ability to get out and go hunting. I bet it would have been really scary to have been caught out there in teh weather when they were coming down. I've seen one huge okd tree get blown over when I was a kid adn it was not a good feeling wondering if more where going to follow and come crashing down on the house.

Hopefully they can get it all cleaned up good enough to at least allow access to the forests and I bet the hunters that go there will get it figured out from there.