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Grizzly hunting coming soon?

It looks like we may not have to travel to the far north to hunt brown bears and grizzly bears in the not too distant future. It looks like the grizzlies in the Yellowstone area in Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming may be de-listed soon. Who is ready to put in for a tag?

http://drul.co/hunting-grizzlies/

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I wouldn't hold my breath if

I wouldn't hold my breath if I put in for that tag. 

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It'll probably be a resident only once in a lifetime tag. Just another reason for me to move north to God's country.

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First they will have to be

First they will have to be delisted and just because the feds are saying they are leaning that way doesn't mean it will happen. My guess is that it will be a hugger driven battle by the antis to keep them listed even more so than the wolf debacle that took so long to get done. They will say the numbers are not high enough when anyone who has been out in that country knows there are more bears than you can shake a stick at in a lot of the drainages. There are so many that it's a good bet they are killing a lot of the elk calves that the wolves are getting blamed for. In fact, a study within the Park that was recently completed states that! I saw this one in September just a couple miles from the east entrance to Yellowstone when we were on our way to a Cody taxidermist with the horns and cape of a Bighorn sheep my buddy killed in southern Oregon. Grizzlies are huge and this one appears to be a big, mature boar.

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Grizzlies

Topgun 30-06 wrote:
First they will have to be delisted and just because the feds are saying they are leaning that way doesn't mean it will happen.  My guess is that it will be a hugger driven battle by the antis to keep them listed even more so than the wolf debacle that took so long to get done.  They will say the numbers are not high enough when anyone who has been out in that country knows there are more bears than you can shake a stick at in a lot of the drainages.  There are so many that it's a good bet they are killing a lot of the elk calves that the wolves are getting blamed for.  In fact, a study within the Park that was recently completed states that!  I saw this one in September just a couple miles from the east entrance to Yellowstone when we were on our way to a Cody taxidermist with the horns and cape of a Bighorn sheep my buddy killed in southern Oregon.  Grizzlies are huge and this one appears to be a big, mature boar.

I don't doubt that grizzlies prey on elk, but I would take any study from the Park with a grain of salt.

Remember the Parkies were all for the introduction of Canadian wolves into Yellowstone.   Back when they were first putting the wolves in Yellowstone, Mary Meager, a leading YNP biologist pubically stated that the wolves would not prey on the Bighorn sheep in the Park because the sheep lived in the steep cliffs where the wolves couldn't get to them.

Before the wolves and the pink eye epidemic, I used to go to Yellowstone several times every winter just to photograph the elk and bighorn sheep that would winter on the hills and flats between Gardiner and Mammoth.  I have pictures of myself and a friend sitting on the flat ground and a ram and a ewe walked up to us and sniffed my hand.

Then when the wolves started devistating the Park elk herds, the Parkies said that the loss of elk was because of the fires.  BS.  The fires killed thousands of acres of pine and fir trees, but the land came back in the highest and lushest green grass that I have ever seen in the Park.  Conifer trees have very little food value for elk.

Then the Parkies said that the elk died as a result of the extreme winters of '95 and '96.  Actually, those winters were some of the mildest that we had in decades.

Topgun is right in saying there will be a huge battle with the huggers before we will see another Grizzly season in the lower 48.  One good thing is that Judge Molloy in Missoula retired.

Thirty plus years ago we could buy an OTC grizzly tag for $25 here in Montana.  I did for many years, just hoping that I would come back on my elk gut pile and be able to shoot a bear.  Looking back, I should have seriously hunted grizzlies those years.