Just curious if anyone else is putting in any BOG proposals?
What is the problem you would like the Board to address?
Blackbear salvage and sealing regulations require that the hide be salvaged in all cases. This requirement nearly eliminates the use of black bear as a source of food due to the added expense involved w/ the proper care of a hide. The cost of tanning alone can add up to hundreds of dollars in unnecessary expense for a meat hunter.
What will happen if this problem is not solved?
Meat hunters will continue to be turned away from bear hunting due to the excessive expense of properly salvaging the hide and skull as currently required.
What solution do you prefer? In other words, if the Board adopted you solution, what would the new regulation say?
I prefer that the current regulations requirement be changed to read “The hide OR meat of black bear must be salvaged” except in the spring where the current meat salvage requirements should be left in place but the hide salvage requirement eliminated.
In order to continue the valuable information gathering that the Dept of Fish and Game has been getting through the sealing process a reasonable specimen similar to the lower jaw requirement in some moose hunts should be instituted.
Solutions to difficult problems benefit some people and hurt other:
A. Who is likely to benefit if your solution is adopted?
This solution will recognize the black bear as an important and useful subsistence food source and benefit meat or subsistence hunters by eliminating the unnecessary expense of salvaging and processing the hide or skull.
B. Who is likely to suffer if your solution is adopted?
The primary potential downfall of this change would be the loss of sealing data for the Department of Fish and Game. This could easily be eliminated by the addition of a specimen sample requirement that would be turned in to the dept in lieu of sealing. Something similar to the lower jaw salvage requirements on some moose hunts would be preferred if the dept felt that they couldn’t get adequate information from the harvest reports alone
List any other solutions you considered and why you rejected them.