Was doing a arcticle a few years back and got to talking with the bio's down on the island, and he brought up the resident skull size average for bears killed was right at 21.5", where non res average was right around 24".
Got me to thinking...
why do residents kill small bears on kodiak? we have plenty of small bears around the state if your just lookin' to drill a 7 footer or so, but as hard as it is to draw a tag on kodiak why don't more guys hold out for that once in a lifetime bear to go with the once in a lifetime tag?
please note i'm not bashin' anyone who's shot a small bear on kodiak, not my intent at all. looking more or less for some reasoning why it happens. you'd think it would be the other way around a non res paying huge bucks would be more worried about going home with nothing than a resident would...just curious for some imput from guys who've either been in the situtation or have thoughts on it.