Outdoor articles about black bears, hunting reports and other Minnesota and US field sports.
Sam Sherman (right) next to his brother Ty as they pose with his bear.
Officials from the Idaho Department of Fish and Game confirmed that a 10-year-old boy from Eagle bagged the largest black bear taken in the state this year. Sam Sherman was hunting with his older brother Ty, family friend Brian Shanahan, and his father Tad on September 18 when he shot the bear on a ranch in Goodrich. The young hunter was using a bow and arrow.
“That bear filled the bed of the pickup,” said Arnie and Sharon Pederson, the landowners.
Black bears in Goodrich have been causing so small amount of trouble for residents, including damaging fruit trees and breaking into homes. The Pederson family recently met with Idaho Fish and Game, which put them in contact with hunters interested in hunting on their land. Among them was Tad Sherman and his sons.
“I talked to another hunter who told me he’d treed three bears in one morning,” Sherman remarked, noting that others hunters seemed to have similar success in the area.
His son’s bear was the largest by far. According to Fish and Game officials, the bear measured six feet, six inches from nose to tail and weighed about 400 pounds. It is not yet known if the bear could gain record status, although the Shermans are submitting it to the Pope and Young Club for recognition.
“We won’t know for awhile yet,” said Tad Sherman. “The skull has to dry for at least sixty days before taking the official measurement. But the green score was 19-13/16 inches.”
Pope and Young requires bear skulls to measure at least 18 inches before they are eligible for inclusion in the record books. Sam Sherman could also receive the Best of Species award from Idaho State Bowhunters, which recognizes the largest animal of each game species harvested by a hunter every year. His father won the same award in 2014.
“My dad doesn’t think I’m going to get one that big, or bigger, anytime soon,” the hunter told KIVI-TV.
When he was asked what he thought, Sherman said he will get an even bigger bear—eventually.
A few bears continue to come in and grouse hunting has been better than expected with all the foliage.
Timberline Sports and Tackle
Posted on Thu, 03 Sep 2015
Bear reports have been inconsistent.
Loon’s Nest (218) 286-5850
Bear baits are getting hit, but the activity hasn’t been “super consistent” the past week.
Timberline Sports and Tackle (218) 835-4636
Most bear hunters have reported good activity.
Oars ‘n Mine Bait and Tackle (218) 546-6912
Bear baits continued to get “wiped out” early this week.
Bear baiting has been good. Most hunters report multiple bears at each bait.
Redding Sports and Spirits (218) 763-2191
GRAND MARAIS AREA
Bear reports have been strong: “Everyone’s baits are getting hit, even during the day.”
Buck’s Hardware (218) 387-2280
GRAND RAPIDS AREA
Bear baits are getting hit. Most hunters believe there are more bears in the area this year than last.
Ben’s Bait and Tackle (218) 326-8281
Bear reports have been inconsistent.
Loon’s Nest (218) 286-5850
By:Daniel Xu +
Ted Nugent, along with over 1,000 other hunters, will be heading into the Florida woods to pursue black bear.
Florida’s first black bear hunt in 21 years is proving to be a big hit, despite a controversial start and at least one lawsuit against the state for holding the hunt. According to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), more than 1,100 special-use permits have been sold as of Wednesday, with the majority being bought as soon as the agency opened up licenses for sale. Among the first non-resident to sign up for the hunt was none other than rocker Ted Nugent, an avid hunter and advocate for hunting rights.
“The reason there hasn’t been a bear season until now—even after more than 6,000 nuisance complaints—the reason we’ve waited so long is because of the scourge of political correctness dispensed by the idiots who claim the defenseless animals need protecting,” Nugent told The Orlando Sentinel.
The musician, known to fans as the “Motor City Madman,” echoed the complaints of many Florida residents when he pointed out that there was a surplus of bears, and the population is becoming a dangerous liability for the state. Black bears were once a rare sight in Florida, but thanks to the efforts of the FWC and conservationists, the population has rebounded to around 4,000, which is only a conservative estimate. Some experts suspect there are a lot more bears in the state, and the animals seem to be encroaching on human habitats. Data from the FWC show that in 2013, there were 6,667 bear nuisance calls, compared to 100 in 1995.
Biologists say that the problem is not too many bears, but rather too many bears moving from the woods to the suburbs.
“As other states have shown, hunting is the most effective and responsible method for managing the growth of bear populations, but is just one part of FWC’s overall approach to managing bears,” the FWC stated.
Animal rights groups claim that the hunt could have a negative effect on a recovering bear population. The FWC currently intends to reduce the bear population by 20 percent overall. Using hunting as one of the main methods to cull the bears, the agency expects hunters to harvest about 320 of the animals during a limited, seven-day hunt in October. Activists say that with no limit on the number of permits sold, the hunt may go over its harvest quota. A lawsuit by several animal rights organizations has been filed against the FWC in an attempt to halt the hunt, but biologists at the agency say the season has little chance of hurting the bear population in the long run.
“We may end up a few over the objective just because of the timing on any day, and we’ve considered that. But it’s still a very conservative hunt. That’ll be OK,” FWC spokesperson Diane Eggeman told WESH.
Other critics also slammed the season for what they view as catering to trophy hunters. Many hunters, including Nugent, have refuted this claim.
“When we kill a bear in Florida and everywhere, we cherish the meat. It’s the sweetest pork you’ve ever eaten,” he said. “How dare they claim that we don’t utilize every scrap of this precious animal, cherished for the gift that it is. The rugs are magnificent.”
Permits for the hunt cost $100 for residents and $300 for non-residents. The FWC also intends on ramping up programs to educate residents on coexisting with bears, including proper trash disposal.
by OutdoorHub Reporters on July 17th, 2015 Read On OutdoorHub
Owners of a pie shop in Pinewood Springs, Colorado say a bear broke into the store on Monday night and had a massive, sugary feast. According to Mikaela Lehnert, who operates the Colorado Cherry Company along with her mother Kristi, the bear’s raid yielded some interesting conclusions regarding its taste in pies.
“Cherry and apple was his favorite. He passed over the strawberry rhubarb,” Kristi Lehnert told KDVR.
Bears are not usually known for being picky eaters, but this one apparently avoided the strawberry rhubarb pies like the plague. Everything else, however, was fair game. The Lehnerts told KUSA that the hungry critter downed 24 cherry pies and 14 apple pies over the course of one night, along with mounds of other pastries and even ingredients like sugar and cherries. The owners speculated that if the bear could have gotten into the locked freezer, it would have devoured everything inside as well.
In the end, this overnight visitor even had the gall to take two pies to go, leaving a messy trail outside the store.
“I’m looking for servers, so maybe if he wants to come back, because that’s talent to get two pies into the back yard,” Mikaela Lehnert joked.
At least the damage to the store was minimal. The Lehnerts said they were able to board up the window where the bear broke in and start baking before they received customers on Tuesday. At the very least, now they can say the pie shop is bear-approved.
Researcher Lynn Rogers needs permit to track wild black bears.
By David Chanen Star Tribune
July 13, 2015 — 9:04pm
Longtime bear researcher Lynn Rogers can resume his Internet video den cameras, but he cannot use radio collars to track the wild animals, the Minnesota Court of Appeals ruled Monday.
“I’m thrilled that the court recognized the value of my research and ruled I can place the den cameras for science research,” Rogers said. “But we could do a much better job with radio collars to find particular bears. We will do the best that we can.”
Last year, the Department of Natural Resources affirmed its earlier decision to deny a permit to Rogers, who gained fame by putting radio collars on North American black bears in northern Minnesota. The DNR decision came after an administrative law judge said the DNR had the authority to refuse to renew Rogers’ permit.
For 14 years, Rogers had hand-fed wild black bears in order to collar them with satellite tracking devices.
He would post live Internet video feeds from their dens. He drew a global audience and more than 140,000 Facebook followers, who got to know bears such as Lily and Hope through Rogers’ live feeds. The cameras have been highly praised by scientists and teachers.
But on Monday, the Court of Appeals ruled that radio collaring of bears meets the statutory definition of “constructive possession,” which requires a permit. Rogers’ lawyer David Marshall said he is considering whether to reapply for a permit or appeal to the Supreme Court.
DNR spokesman Chris Niskanen said it’s very unlikely the agency would issue a permit to Rogers because of continuing public safety concerns. “We are very satisfied with the court’s decision,” Niskanen said. “The decision was really about whether a permit is required to collar a bear. We believe we are the agency that’s responsible for permitting wildlife research. Anyone interested in it needs to come to us.”
The Court of Appeals ruled that Rogers needs no permit to use den cameras. Rogers plans to resume the broadcasts this winter. He has research information, including GPS coordinates, regarding the location of bear dens, which he will use for camera placement. State law does not allow a person to disturb the burrow or den of a wild animal between November 1 and April 1. If Rogers needed to adjust a den camera during that time, he would need a DNR permit. The agency would have to see his proposal before it would consider it, but Niskanen again said it is doubtful they would issue such a permit.
A wildlife biologist, Rogers, 76, operates the Wildlife Research Institute in Eagles Nest Township near Ely, Minn., within the Superior National Forest. He bought land in the township to study bears after hearing that local residents had been feeding bears for years with very few “nuisance problems.” Rogers not only feeds the bears, but pets, pats and strokes them. For $2,500, people can participate in a four-day bear education program at the Institute.
He first started placing radio collars on bears in the late 1990s and regularly got permits from the DNR until 2013. That’s when the agency began getting reports from homeowners that local bears were coming up to their residences and refusing to leave. There also were reports of dogs being injured by bears and a videotape of Rogers punching a bear in the face.
When the DNR refused Rogers’ permit last year, it cited public safety issues, conduct that it considered unprofessional and questions about the validity of Rogers’ research, including his failure to publish sufficient peer-reviewed research. The DNR has received 69 complaints from area residents about Rogers’ bears since 2009, court documents said. The DNR’s order did allow Rogers to continue feeding and interacting with bears and conduct education.
“We believe hand feeding of bears and taming these wild animals pose a public safety issue,” Niskanen said. “Many bears in Eagles Nest Township view humans as a source of food.”
Rogers enjoys wide support of residents, his attorney said. In 2011 and 2013, the Ely City Council issued resolutions supporting Rogers and his research. Rogers believes complaints against him to the DNR started when he challenged the agency and its effort to revoke his permits. He said the DNR had a campaign to discredit him through false claims, such as the public safety issue. In one year, he went from no complaints to 17.
For his work, Rogers asked three researchers to review his study protocols, and they found no safety issues. He interviewed hikers and runners in the area, and almost no one said they had safety concerns regarding his bears.
On Monday, the Court of Appeals ruled the DNR made a reasonable interpretation of state law that putting a radio collar on a bear means that person possesses the bear, which requires a permit.
“There are many types of fish to catch in Minnesota. We keep state records on five types of redhorse alone, and in all there are state records for 62 species of fish.”
MN State records are measured by weight. To certify a fish as a record:
The record-fish form and guidelines can be found online under the list of state-record fish at www.mndnr.gov/fishing/staterecords.html.
The list is also published on Page 83 of the 2015 Minnesota Fishing Regulations booklet.