What exactly do you mean when you say “the state was against it, but the biologists could not refute the evidence?” This was a political decision from the top down to appease a very vocal group. I spoke with several biologists who were not in favor of the hunt but it was pushed through anyway. This decision had nothing to do with trying to reduce bear numbers. I’ve read the report, and it states that the dog hunt will have no significant impact on bear populations so one could conclude that reducing bear numbers is not one of the purposes of the hunt. Something doesn’t add up.
I’m sure you’ve noticed that everything is worded cryptically so as to keep the masses at bay or to leave interpretation room because not everything is as cut and dry as we wish it were. The sample size of the units being hunted is not large enough to declare any significant change in numbers when taken into the whole regions area. (50,000 acres isn’t going to change all of North Georgia’s bear population). It will however, give them a baseline research number as to just how effective it might be in that specific area.
I know you are new to hunting in this area, I feel you might be new to hunting in general. I’m grateful that you seem to want to understand and not take everything at face value. We are at war in this country, with people who want to take away our liberties. Losing any form of hunting is a loss on our behalf. Many do not understand that and are willingly aiding the mass movement to eliminate us all. Luckily, our state still has some sanity left and we have people who truly care about providing for our future. If we can nurture sound hunting practices and keep numbers of all game in Check their will be no need for government interference. You probably remember supply and demand charts and what happens when big brother intervenes. Seems more people are worried about what they are gonna get out of it than what we all might gain in the future.
I’ll say it again for others, keep calm and let the bear hounds have a chance. If successful, everyone will benefit. If not, it will be done away with. It’s not the end of the world unless you have a different agenda you are actually trying to push. We all won, the State granted us another form of hunting when other states are closing doors on it.