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.
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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