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
There must be some sort of Gregorian mechanism I don’t understand that makes calendar time go by faster from Sept. 6 through early December.
Hunter, 90, bags buck
I had the pleasure of meeting you about four years ago during a banquet for the Allegany/Garrett Sportsmen’s Association. I was that year’s recipient of their annual scholarship.
- Happy hunter
Pa. bear numbers reported
Hunters killed 2,308 bears during the recent Pennsylvania season, according to the Pennsylvania Game Commission.
Safari Club winner’s bear killed illegally in Alaska
A Michigan woman who received a prestigious award from an international hunting organization for killing a grizzly bear in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge four years ago was sentenced in federal court in Fairbanks recently for illegally killing the bear.
Three bears recently shot
The number of bears to have perished on Maryland roadways in 2013 rose slightly to 39, according to an unofficial count maintained by the Cumberland Times-News.
Quota met for Kentucky bear bow hunters
Hunters met the quota of 10 bears during Kentucky’s inaugural archery/crossbow season for black bears, which recently ended.
Times-News will use deer photos
The Cumberland Times-News will use photographs of hunters with deer that they harvested during the 2013 seasons. There is no charge.
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