Good article (Allegany buck kill down 60 percent since 2001). I’m glad you are addressing some of the reasons us average Joes believe the buck kill is down. I’m tired of constant excuses like the acorn theories.
One thing. In your article you stated maybe the kill numbers are down because hunters are passing small bucks up. I don’t think that is accurate because if those hunters have been doing so for the past two or three years, eventually the kill numbers would start to climb back up once those deer mature, right?
I think the major issues behind the numbers are as follows.
Predation being number one. We have a larger bear population which has increased as the deer population has decreased.
I don’t believe the bears play as significant of an impact however as the coyotes do. How many hunters do you know who coyote hunt? I don’t know any who actually dedicate time to coyote hunting. They are everywhere. I even had coyote pictures this fall on my trail cam in my backyard.
I believe crossbows are having somewhat of an impact. I am a crossbow hunter and like the fact that they are accurate, ethical and don't require the same skills as a regular bow because I don’t have the time to practice at this stage of my life. However, we may need to adjust the seasons.
Poaching. I believe this goes on a lot. With the telephone check in you are more or less on the honor system. Personally, I thought check in stations were a great way for local businesses to bring in customers. It helped keep hunters honest as well.
In my opinion Maryland needs to make drastic changes to the bag limits. This year’s change in the overall statewide buck limit was a step in the right direction. I don’t believe it is enough though. I propose a two-buck per season limit in our region. Doesn't matter what weapon you use but once you kill two, you’re done. Same with the does. I believe there are a whole lot less of them running around as well.
Get rid of the late bow season. During this time of the year deer are under a lot of stress due to the weather as well as three and a half months of hunting pressure. Additionally, those still hunting are more than likely using bait. Deer may travel long distances for the bait burning a lot of calories making them vulnerable. I’m not against baiting though just doing so late in the winter.
I believe all of us are willing to make some changes because what we are doing now isn’t working. It sure does make for a long, boring season when you aren’t seeing much.
No Bambi for you, Mrs. Doe
Some people want so badly for deer birth control to work that they actually think it will, even on wild populations.
I wish I had a couple bridges to sell.
A week ago on the Outdoors page we ran the deer there do what deer everywhere do. They eat the easiest food available such as gardens and ornamental plantings. They walk in front of moving cars. They give ticks and parasites a place to live.
Bad catfish should be eaten
ANNAPOLIS — The Maryland Department of Natural Resources has launched a statewide campaign to educate citizens about invasive blue and flathead catfish - their negative impact on native fish species and what anglers can
do to help.
Nice first one
Brett Ishler, 16, Frostburg, bagged his first gobbler during the junior spring turkey hunt. The bird had a 9-inch beard and was taken near Westernport. Ishler was accompanied on the hunt by Rodney Lipscomb.
Archery open house planned May 4
CUMBERLAND — The Cumberland Bowhunters Club will host an archery open house at its Valley Road facility on May 4 beginning at 1 p.m.
Turkey hunting class scheduled
TYRONE, Pa. — The Pennsylvania Game Com- mission will offer a Successful Turkey Hunting course at the Tyrone Sportsmen Association on April 27 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Commission meeting set
ROANOKE, W.Va. — The next quarterly meeting of the West Virginia Natural Resources Commission will be May 4 at 1 p.m. at Stonewall Resort State Park in Roanoke. The public is invited to make com- ments. Items on the agenda include:
• Summary of the 2014 Sectional Meetings – Sportsmen and Landowners Questionnaire.
• Approve 2014 - 2015 Big Game Hunting Regula- tions.
W.Va. cautions about eating certain fish
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia has updated its advisories for eating fish caught in lakes and rivers.
U.S. Army Corps campgrounds open
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is preparing to open campgrounds at five West Virginia lakes.
Fishing rodeo slated
ROCKY GAP — A children’s fishing rodeo will take place at the Rocky Gap State Park Nature Center on May 4 from 9 a.m. to noon.
Register at canderson@dnr. state.md.us or call 301-722-1480.
Crossbow use begins for New York deer hunters
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The new state budget includes an agreement that will give crossbow hunters their own season in New York.
Language within the budget will allow crossbow use for all small game, including turkeys, and any big game season in which firearms are allowed.
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