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HUNTERS PLEASE HELP!

A petition is being signed and gaining popularity to protect radio collared bears in Minnesota.  Please help us hunters get our voice heard! We all know an ethical would not shoot a radio collared bear, but where will this end?  Please sign this petition to keep our wild animals "wild".http://www.thepetitionsite.com/2/keep-it-legal-to-hunt-collared-bears-in-mn/

 

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This issue has already been

This issue has already been ruled upon, and to our knowledge it's fair game to hunt collared bear in Minnesota. See this blog post from March 2, 2011.

http://www.biggamehunt.net/blogs/bghjournal/minnesota-radio-collared-black-bears-still-fair-game

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MODERATOR---You lost me on

MODERATOR---You lost me on this one because, although they are currently legal to shoot, there is evidently a petition being signed by the antis to have it rescinded so that all collared bears will be protected.  I believe that is what the original post meant and why he wants this one signed to show the State people there are more people for leaving the ruling intact than against protecting collared bears!

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I think you might be right

I think you might be right with your thoughts on this. Although the DNR rejected the request for a ban it is quite likely the antis are taking another approach. The petition he is pushing might just be a preemptive attempt to slow them down.

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MN DNR ruling

The MN DNR just recently ruled that collared bears are fair game and will not be protected. Nothing confusing there. So basically the petitions and protests from the antis have been thrown out. I'm sure the antis will continue to protest, however for now it won't make any difference to the DNR.

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HUNTERS PLEASE HELP!

Personally, I don't see where shooting a collared bear would be any different than shooting a banded bird or catching a tagged fish.

The collar issue gets under my skin a lot because Alaska is out of control with them.  You'd be amazed at the number of otherwise great wildlife photos I have that have collars in them.  I understand what they're trying to do, but there's nothing more frustrating than going someplace like Denali National Park and seeing collars on all the animals.  And it's not just a national park thing, either.  We had a grizzly fishing right beneath us along a riverbank near Haines (in the panhandle) and it was a beautiful thing...but the collar the bear was wearing really detracts from some great photos.  My best photos of wolves, bears, and dall sheep in the wild all have collars visible.  Mad

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I absolutely agree.  It's not

I absolutely agree.  It's not like having the collar on him makes him more tame, or easier to shoot.

He gets collared, he then goes about his normal life.  He does his "bear" things.  There is, and should be no difference in shooting a bear with a collar or not.

If I was hunting in Minnesota, and a 300 lb black bear with a collar walked out in front of me, I would not hesitate to shoot it. After all, I think that would be a legitimate part of the study.  Getting shot is one of many ways an animal can die.  Predator-prey.

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You either need to get a

You either need to get a little further into the wilds or learn photoshop techniques, LOL!  Seriously though and in all sincerity to the posts by the Moderator, it doesn't much matter what is on the books now the way the antis are able to get their petitions going like the one this guy must be talking about.   Then they get it on a ballot initiative, into a courtroom, the political arena, etc.,  and the end result is that WE, the hunters, end up losing!!!

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That is correct, the DNR did

That is correct, the DNR did make it so that law would not be changed. However, the anti's are now taking a different approach and are going to make it a legislative problem.

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