Really Bux, you don't need a double blind study to answer affirmatively to that statement. You don't need some study, or scientific evidence all the time. ANYONE that has driven down a road knows full well through experience that people walking around disturb animals more than a car passing by, for example. Thousands of vehicles can drive by a herd of wintering deer next to a freeway with no impact, but just let one of those cars stop and walk over by the fence to take a look and bam, heads pop up, deer start to move away and eventually a level of panic will overtake he herd. You , as a hunter DO know this. So stop trying to justify shed hunting during this extremely hard winter. You know damnn well 20,000 shed hunters walking around in the hills this winter will cost many many deer and elk their lives.
This is not an arguable situation, the DWR is doing the right thing by closing shed hunting for a while.