We’ll oppose the bill (HB 990), but that doesn’t necessarily mean we’re opposed to QDM as a concept.
We just believe that it’s better managed in our regulatory process, particularly since the regulation process allows for time to gather all of the stakeholders and ensures we have the latest deer population data to work with when the time comes.
We also prefer the reg process since it affords greater flexibility in the event that we need to make adjustments or ‘tweaks’ in the future. Once it’s in law then any change would require new legislation to adjust/adapt to new conditions.
Finally, we think it’s important that all hunters, landowners, farmers, etc. understand that traditional QDM will no-doubt result in an increased take of antlerless deer. We’re not sure every location can handle an increase in antlerless harvest and/or that every stakeholder would embrace that outcome — so we’d like the time to deliberate the options and potential outcomes with the stakeholders and in our deer management framework.
Paul Peditto, Director
Wildlife & Heritage Service
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Bear Watch - 03/02/2014
An 85-pound female bear with severe mange was shot and killed by a landowner along Everly Road near Accident on Feb. 25 after he received permission from the Maryland Wildlife & Heritage Service to put the animal down.
Md. bear hunt may take on new form
The Maryland Department of Natural Resources says it may change the way black bear hunts are managed to make planning easier for hunters.
W.Va. schedules hunting, fishing regulation meetings
The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources will conduct 12 public meetings across the state in March to provide hunters, trappers, anglers, landowners and other interested parties an opportunity to review and comment on proposed 2014 hunting regulations, proposed 2015 fishing regulations and amphibian and reptile regulations.
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Virginia confirms two more CWD deer
Two new cases of chronic wasting disease were detected in Frederick County during the 2013 hunting season, according to the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries.
U.S. Rep. Dingell has lengthy conservation track record
Ducks Unlimited looks back with appreciation on the career and accomplishments of Rep. John Dingell after the announcement of his retirement following the end of the 113th Congress.
Deer group honors David Samuel
The 2013 Whitetails Unlimited Hunting Heritage Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to David Samuel at the West Virginia First Mountaineer Chapter Hunters Night Out banquet in Wheeling in February.
Gobbler radar activated
With only 54 days until it opens, the Maryland spring gobbler season is officially on the radar.
Deer kill up in Allegany, but drops off in Garrett
Maryland hunters harvested 95,863 deer during the archery, muzzleloader and firearm seasons from Sept. 6 through Jan. 31.
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