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.
not only benefits
our friends and
family who we
allow to hunt
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
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
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
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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