Cumberland Times-News

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February 1, 2014

Everyone happy with quality deer management effort

Hi Mike,

I’ve written before about our

Quality Deer Management Cooperative

in the Hancock area. We’re

quickly approaching 5,000 acres

after our first year and overall

everyone is happy with the program.

After reading the Outdoors

Mailbox on Sunday, I got a chance to

talk to a few of our local landowners

and hunters and I wanted to provide

you with some of their feedback.

I talked with Hunter McKinley,

who comes from a farming family

and he had this to say about QDM

and the antler point restrictions.

“While our family is slowly getting

out of the farming business, we’ve

really bought in to the idea of QDM.

Allowing yearling

bucks a

better chance

to survive,

while practicing

adequate

doe harvests,

not only benefits

farmers but

our friends and

family who we

allow to hunt

our property.”

I also caught up with Glenn Bond,

former president of Western Maryland

Sportsmen Club in Washington

County. Glenn had this to say “I’ve

been practicing QDM over the last

few years on my own. As I approach

retirement age and since I’ve grown

over the years as a hunter, I really

believe it’s important to do my part

to better our wildlife for generations

to come.”

There are more than this, but I

understand space is limited in the

paper. I hope this provides some different

perspective for folks. I

believe QDM catches a bad rap

sometimes and gets portrayed

more as “trophy” deer management.

I saw Dave Long recently

wrote that a 16-inch spread was the

“QDM standard,” which simply isn’t

true. When it comes to bucks, QDM

promotes letting deer live past 1 ½

years. That’s it in its simplest form.

The truth is that Western Maryland

has one of the highest yearling buck

harvest ratios in the country and if

something isn’t done about it our

deer herd will continue to suffer.

We’ve seen three of our neighbors

implement some type of state introduced

antler point restrictions to

big success.

West Virginia has even introduced

restrictions in several public hunting

areas to huge success. It’s about

more than growing big bucks. It’s

about improving the overall health

of our deer herd, and I think most

hunters, and biologists, would agree

that our deer herd could use some

help. MHatatn Kcloincek

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