Okay, in order to help keep things from getting too tangled up in one thread, I thought a separate thread on bear snaring would be a good idea. I'll start one on using helicopters too.
I have mixed feelings about bear snaring. On one hand, IF (and that's a question in itself) we need to do more to thin our bears out in GMU 16 (or anywhere else for that matter), and snaring works better than hunting, why not? On the other hand, if we are already taking enough bears through hunting, is there really a need to employ this method?
Based on the numbers I heard at the BOG meetings, there were roughly 500 black bears taken in GMU 16 last year. That's about 100 bears fewer than management goals. Do we give hunters more opportunity using conventional means and seasons, do we extend the season for hunting and baiting, or do we go with snaring?
I don't have enough information to weigh in one way or another, so please inform me.