It’s been a while that I have offered a letter to your Outdoors page because I don’t have a lot of facts to support my opinions about deer populations.
Fawn mortality and recruitment into the herd is a guessing game based on trail cameras or some other high tech info that the DNR offers as a reason that the deer herd is stable.
I don't know! But I do know one simple fact. Deer in my area is low, fawns are not making it to adult age and most hunters are wanting to fill a tag to get meat in the freezer and are not willing to wait for a mature deer. I still maintain that the low deer herd numbers is a direct result of predators that kill the fawn population i.e., coyotes, bears and domestic dogs that run loose.
These are the only possible factors that can affect the fawn mortality to any degree in regard to deer population, with the exception of disease. These same factors also affect the turkey population. My wife and I are totally into spring gobbler hunting but the many areas that we hunt, both private and public, have been lacking in gobbler and hen encounters.
All of this is from our experiences in the woods that we have hunted for many years. No data, no high tech DNR devices, which costs us all many thousands of dollars. This comes from a family that actually spends time in the woods. This letter is not to disrespect the officers that work for the DNR but to enlighten the folks in Annapolis that Region A needs better control on the critters that affect our game animals.
And for y’all in Annapolis that are reading this, if your income is our hunting, y’all best get your priorities in focus.
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Sharpshooters whack more deer in park
THURMONT, Md. (AP) — The National Park Service says government sharpshooters killed 156 white-tailed deer in the fifth year of a herdreduction
program at Catoctin Mountain Park near Thurmont.
Club meeting today at 3 p.m.
WESTERNPORT — The Upper Potomac Rod and Gun Club will meet Sunday
at 3 p.m. at the Westernport American Legion, according to Gordon Green, 301-
Political effort fails to stop Nebraska mountain lion hunts
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Turkey calling contest scheduled
KEYSER, W.Va. — The Outdoor Club at Potomac State College of West Virginia
University will sponsor a wild turkey calling contest Tuesday in the Davis Conference Center.
Another Pa. deer has CWD
HARRISBURG, Pa. — A Jefferson County deer tested positive for chronic wasting disease according to the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture, marking the seventh case in a captive or wild deer since 2012.
The Maryland Department of Natural Resources is advising Western Maryland residents to take measures to avoid unwelcome visits from hungry black bears.
The agency said recently that bears are leaving their winter dens and searching for food.
Deer birth control program falls short in New York town
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How many deer on Green Ridge?
A study completed in 2013 by a master’s degree candidate at the University of Delaware showed that there are 20 to 30 deer per square mile on the Green Ridge State Forest, including some pretty darn nice bucks.
Black bear biologist explains new hunt
The Maryland Wildlife & Heritage Service has abandoned the bear harvest quota system in use for 10 hunting seasons and has set the next two hunts at four days apiece.
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