Bear hunting is becoming more and more of a necessity in North America as bear numbers continue to rise across the continent. Though the last 20 years has seen its share of hunting opportunities decrease with the close of several spring seasons – including Colorado and Maine. However, hope remains and we are optimistic that seasons will again begin to lean more in favor of hunter opportunity. Maine’s victory over the Humane Society of the United States to ban hounding, trapping and bait hunting was significant. 2014 was the “year of the bear” as many states/provinces saw a rise in human bear conflicts. Bear hunters, get ready for the next decade. It’s my prediction that the states will be calling upon you to help them more and more.