Originally Posted by CB Rob
Just got off of deso and did have one bear sighting. It was a pretty scrawny one.
I bet the deer in that canyon taste pretty bad from their sage diet, Imagine the bear must taste awful.
I'd hunt for some of that dumpster fed bear up in CO's high country and let those scrawny little desert bears go on with their meager existence.
Its unlikely I will be able to find a buddy who has the time this year. Its looking like one go my friends is tentatively shooting for next year; the Nine Mile unit is a reliable harvest objective hunt so it should have at least one season if not two.
Per taste....I am curious enough to try it. I will be talking to the Utah DWR about their regulations; if they are fine I would have no issue turning some of the worst cuts into dog food but I am uncertain of their policy.
Oddly we see plenty of bear, desert big horn and even Elk but I have rarely seen mule deer in there. You would be shocked at some of the higher quality feed in the canyon during the summer, especially in the canyons. Not sure what this year will hold. I know there was some research being considered regarding a female bear's tendency to attack in late summer and the hormonal regulation associated with delayed implantation (fertilized but not implanted, i.e in a cellular stasis). The proposed hypothesis was that a bear closer to the threshold of not implanting at the end of the feeding season was more likely to attack and take greater risks. Generically that could mean less feed equals more attacks due to the rigors and hormones associated with "pregnancy", albight very much incomplete; its believed female bears can abort the fertilized egg if enough food was not harvest within an ideal time to implant. Not sure if that went anywhere (a quick search didn't provide anything helpful).
Sorry to dork out, all very fascinating to me. Hunting is part of that fascination to me as well. Definitely not interested in hunting for trophy or just for the sport of killing. Its part of a complete process for me. Hard to describe. Its one of the same reasons I harvest most of the fish I catch, when legal and advisable.
Thanks for all of the thoughts so far. Very early in the process for me.