You can kill a man here with less sentence than a bear. Bear kill illegal is $5000 and year jail time. Bear hunters take it serious. I think 3 bear limit is the reg again this year beginning in late August thru January for season. They can run the dang dogs year round in "training". Good portion of the group are arrogant SOBs that think all the land is theirs for them even tho we have millions of acres of public land to hunt.
Bears are quite common and I meet up with them regularly thru out the year on my farm. Never a problem but still can scare the crap out of you when you jump one from a thicket. And I once tried the "wave the arms over the head and shout" recommendation for black bear encounter. The four bears just stood there at 20 yards laughing at me and wondering what the hell was I doing. I'm sure they all laughed about it around their table that night as they ate my blackberries I'm never allowed to harvest.
Quiter than any deer going thru the woods, or can sound like a locomotive. I see them often enough to usually have names for them. Never touch my stuff and I've had them sit within 20 yards while I changed cards in camera. I can tolerate them better than the bear hound hunters.
I wish I had your luck. Complete nuisance here I welcome any hound hunters to our area. Had too many honey bee hives ripped apart, young apple trees toppled, deciding tree tubes are playground, digging for whatever under pond liners, rolling rocks off rock piles into trail roadway, don't get me started on amount of corn damage.
They were cool to see 15 years ago.....whoa how majestic. Now I can only hope that we get more guys running bait and hounds.
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