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May 07, 2013

U.S. Fish and Wildlife: Montana Grizzly Season May Open Next Year

By CJ Lotz

Grizzly hunting in Montana could be a reality as soon as next year, says a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service report.

The process to remove grizzlies from the list of federally protected animals could begin as soon as next year. Grizzly bears have been listed as “threatened” since 1975.

The new plan could allow for regulated grizzly bear hunting in designated areas within a 110,636 square-mile section of Montana, including Glacier National Park, the Bob Marshall Wilderness Complex and the Rocky Mountain Front.

The current grizzly population int he state is greater than 1,000. Every year, it increases by more than 3 percent. The hunting model would aim to maintain a diverse grizzly bear population with at least 800 bears, the plan says.

Read more from Great Falls Tribune here.

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from weswes088 wrote 49 weeks 5 days ago

Looks good to me, but after what happened with wolf delisting and subsequent hunting I sure hope they're prepared for multiple years worth of lawsuits.

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from Ontario Honker ... wrote 49 weeks 5 days ago

Well, there won't be any bear hunting in Glacier Park. But the Indians bordering on the park's east side will no doubt get in on the action. It's sure to be a mess in there.

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from nota33 wrote 49 weeks 4 days ago

these animals need to be protected. The real conservationists will make sure these animals stay right where they belong, on the endangered species list. Hunters, start being real conservationists and put your guns down and pick your cameras up.

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from idduckhntr wrote 49 weeks 4 days ago

If it wasn't for the money sportsman pay for license, tags and stamps there would be no wild life. I doubt you contribute much.

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from MaxPower wrote 49 weeks 4 days ago

Good thing we have nota33 to show us all the error of our ways. I don't know where i'd find direction without the self-righteous rebuking of such tree-huggers. I know I'm now committed to putting down my gun and picking up a camera.

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from Pathfinder1 wrote 49 weeks 4 days ago

Hi...

Well, according to the posted info...if indeed there are an 'adequate' number of the species, then limited...and carefully controlled...hunting should be permitted.

Only time will tell us the real answer.

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from rock rat wrote 49 weeks 4 days ago

Next year +10 = 2024

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from nota33 wrote 49 weeks 4 days ago

Hunters kill more wildlife than any other group out there. The claim that no wildlife would be around without hunters is a laughable and false and unproven claim. There will be lawsuits and these lawsuits will succeed in keeping grizzlies where they belong and that is on the endangered species list.

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from idduckhntr wrote 49 weeks 4 days ago

DU, RMEF,T U, Mule deer foundation pheasants forever. Which one of these do you support? Thats what I thought you DONT

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from Ga hunter wrote 49 weeks 3 days ago

All hunting license purchases go towards conservation. Lets see plus, we have groups like Delta Waterfowl, Ducks Unlimited, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, National Wild Turkey Federation, North America Hunting Club, Pheasants Forever, Quail Unlimited, Safari Club International, Snipe Unlimited, and Quality Deer management (just to name a few) who are all Conservation groups supported by HUNTERS. What have you done to give back to our wildlife Nota? I support several of these groups and I'm a hunter. We keep game numbers in balance while conserving God's great creation. When God created the Earth he created animals for human consumption plain and simple. And instead of relying on a butcher (who kills the poor innocent cows) for our meat, we simply go and get it ourselves while following game laws, and being ethical. So do tell me again how you contribute to wildlife!

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from Carl Huber wrote 49 weeks 3 days ago

Over the years I have had a relative and two friends call Alaska home. One a Certified Welder and two Doctors. They all said that Alaska was Gods Country but should not be entered lightly. Keep in mind if your going to pack up the U-Haul Alaska twice the size of Texas has only 5,000 miles of roads to Texas's 303,000. You might consider rafting or an air drop. The two Doctors said their biggest challenge was administrating timely care. Usually a plane ride away. They also mentioned the suicide rate 2X the national average and plane wrecks 1200 to the average of 350 due to weather. Alcoholism is also a big problem, I think they said it was 6X compared to the lower 48. This led to Alaska being for the most part dry. The only other problem they saw was manufactured goods were usualy 3x the price due to the shipping. They all said it was lovely but dangerous, not to be entered lightly and not cheap.

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from Carl Huber wrote 49 weeks 3 days ago

Just shows to go ya, if you hang around long enough you see everything. My above post should have been on Destination Talkeetna. Some how it migrated to the Blog below. Looks like my Doctor can fore go the Stress Test.

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from Horseapples wrote 49 weeks 2 days ago

Nota, talk to any wildlife biologist or game manager and ask them what their professional lives would be like without the assistance of the hunting community.

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from idduckhntr wrote 49 weeks 4 days ago

If it wasn't for the money sportsman pay for license, tags and stamps there would be no wild life. I doubt you contribute much.

+1 Good Comment? | | Report
from Carl Huber wrote 49 weeks 3 days ago

Just shows to go ya, if you hang around long enough you see everything. My above post should have been on Destination Talkeetna. Some how it migrated to the Blog below. Looks like my Doctor can fore go the Stress Test.

+1 Good Comment? | | Report
from weswes088 wrote 49 weeks 5 days ago

Looks good to me, but after what happened with wolf delisting and subsequent hunting I sure hope they're prepared for multiple years worth of lawsuits.

0 Good Comment? | | Report
from Ontario Honker ... wrote 49 weeks 5 days ago

Well, there won't be any bear hunting in Glacier Park. But the Indians bordering on the park's east side will no doubt get in on the action. It's sure to be a mess in there.

0 Good Comment? | | Report
from MaxPower wrote 49 weeks 4 days ago

Good thing we have nota33 to show us all the error of our ways. I don't know where i'd find direction without the self-righteous rebuking of such tree-huggers. I know I'm now committed to putting down my gun and picking up a camera.

0 Good Comment? | | Report
from Pathfinder1 wrote 49 weeks 4 days ago

Hi...

Well, according to the posted info...if indeed there are an 'adequate' number of the species, then limited...and carefully controlled...hunting should be permitted.

Only time will tell us the real answer.

0 Good Comment? | | Report
from rock rat wrote 49 weeks 4 days ago

Next year +10 = 2024

0 Good Comment? | | Report
from idduckhntr wrote 49 weeks 4 days ago

DU, RMEF,T U, Mule deer foundation pheasants forever. Which one of these do you support? Thats what I thought you DONT

0 Good Comment? | | Report
from Ga hunter wrote 49 weeks 3 days ago

All hunting license purchases go towards conservation. Lets see plus, we have groups like Delta Waterfowl, Ducks Unlimited, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, National Wild Turkey Federation, North America Hunting Club, Pheasants Forever, Quail Unlimited, Safari Club International, Snipe Unlimited, and Quality Deer management (just to name a few) who are all Conservation groups supported by HUNTERS. What have you done to give back to our wildlife Nota? I support several of these groups and I'm a hunter. We keep game numbers in balance while conserving God's great creation. When God created the Earth he created animals for human consumption plain and simple. And instead of relying on a butcher (who kills the poor innocent cows) for our meat, we simply go and get it ourselves while following game laws, and being ethical. So do tell me again how you contribute to wildlife!

0 Good Comment? | | Report
from Carl Huber wrote 49 weeks 3 days ago

Over the years I have had a relative and two friends call Alaska home. One a Certified Welder and two Doctors. They all said that Alaska was Gods Country but should not be entered lightly. Keep in mind if your going to pack up the U-Haul Alaska twice the size of Texas has only 5,000 miles of roads to Texas's 303,000. You might consider rafting or an air drop. The two Doctors said their biggest challenge was administrating timely care. Usually a plane ride away. They also mentioned the suicide rate 2X the national average and plane wrecks 1200 to the average of 350 due to weather. Alcoholism is also a big problem, I think they said it was 6X compared to the lower 48. This led to Alaska being for the most part dry. The only other problem they saw was manufactured goods were usualy 3x the price due to the shipping. They all said it was lovely but dangerous, not to be entered lightly and not cheap.

0 Good Comment? | | Report
from Horseapples wrote 49 weeks 2 days ago

Nota, talk to any wildlife biologist or game manager and ask them what their professional lives would be like without the assistance of the hunting community.

0 Good Comment? | | Report
from nota33 wrote 49 weeks 4 days ago

these animals need to be protected. The real conservationists will make sure these animals stay right where they belong, on the endangered species list. Hunters, start being real conservationists and put your guns down and pick your cameras up.

-2 Good Comment? | | Report
from nota33 wrote 49 weeks 4 days ago

Hunters kill more wildlife than any other group out there. The claim that no wildlife would be around without hunters is a laughable and false and unproven claim. There will be lawsuits and these lawsuits will succeed in keeping grizzlies where they belong and that is on the endangered species list.

-2 Good Comment? | | Report

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