Some of the most useful information I have purged from these studies is the locations these females choose to den up. Man, they find places that are beyond remote. Absolutely no access to a trapper, for certain.
The idea that they become vulnerable to trappers due to limited mobility is absurd.
Unfortunately, this didn't really dawn on anyone, including myself, at the time the shortened seasons were recommended.
After further thought and "re-con", I don't believe it's a very reasonable thing to impose. What I have determined is that trappers can provide far more reliable data and "on the ground" information than most of these snap-shot studies.
Intellectual capacity is no guarantee against being dead wrong.