April 19, 2014

Where Maine Had Thousands of Deer Now Only a Few

Hal Blood recalls how he used to snowmobile at the north end of Moosehead Lake and see deer by the thousands. Now he sees only a few hundred.

And where Blood, a registered Maine Guide, ice fishes on state conservation land near Jackman at the northwestern corner of Maine, the deer are simply gone, he said.

“I used to see deer lying up in the ridges. That whole Moose River valley 25 years ago was unbelievable. But there aren’t any deer there any more,” Blood said.<<<Read More>>>

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Mike Hanback on Commercial Deer Hunting

“And a recent poll in New Jersey asked the question: Would you favor the commercial hunting of deer in New Jersey? While 51% said no, a surprising 45% answered yes.

While this idea has been out there for a couple of years, most people doubted whether a state government would be willing to step up and try it.

But in March New Jersey Republican Assemblywoman Caroline Casagrande said she will be introducing a bill that directs the state Division of Fish and Wildlife to develop and establish requirements for the commercial harvesting of deer. “This will be controversial but the Wall Street Journal had an article that said 85 percent of the venison sold in restaurants and at meat counters is imported from farms in New Zealand. It’s insane we’re importing it from New Zealand. Meanwhile, we’re overrun with deer… I hold my breath every time I get on the road. Instances of Lyme disease are a major problem.’’”<<<Read More>>>

Wisconsin’s Winter Worst in History for Deer, Turkeys

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) recently released its 2013-2014 Winter Severity Index (WSI), which measures how the season affected wildlife in the state. The results were grim, and many regions of the state marked 2014 as the worst winter for deer and turkeys in Wisconsin’s history. Biologists expected large die-offs, but as time progresses, some experts are saying that wildlife mortality may be lower than predicted.<<<Read More>>>

Maine Losing More Deer To Severe Winter

“Ravana says there are preliminary indications that, while this year’s more severe than average winter is likely to cause significant deer mortality, several factors will keep the numbers lower than the winters of 2008/2009.”<<<Read More>>>

*Editor’s Note* – The deer population in Maine was significantly higher going into the back to back winters of 2008/2009 than what existed going into this winter. The deer population never recovered to those same numbers heading into this harsh winter. While the deer mortality this year may show numbers less than 2008 and 2009, the combined result may put Maine back to square one where the state was at the end of 2009.

Perhaps a slight reprieve may be the results of a handful of places where predator control took place this winter.

Media/Fish and Game Joke of the Year

If the folks at WMTWTV.com had only waited a few more days (or was it the folks at the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife?), they could have made this a great April Fool’s day spoof.

On March 25, at around 11:00am, the WMTWTV.com website put up a headline and a brief quip saying that later that day the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife (MDIFW) was planning to share how the severe Maine winter has affected the deer herd. The headline and teaser, which is now gone on their site, looked like this:

Biologists to release winter’s effect on deer population
WMTW Portland-by Paul Merrill-1 hour ago
Biologists with the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife analyzed deer population data on Monday and are going to share their findings with …

Later that same day at 5:52 pm, WMTWTV.com published an article as a follow-up to the announcement that Maine biologists were going to “share their findings” of how bad the winter has been on deer. The report offered no such thing. This was what MDIFW and the report offered:

Maine state biologists said they expect to issue fewer permits to deer hunter later this year.

The reason? The long, cold snowy winter has done a number on the state’s deer population.

Even though this report goes on to talk about how biologists in Augusta and beginning their normal process of sifting through data to determine how many “Any-Deer Permits” to issue next season (this is done, they say, as a tool to manipulate deer populations in different Wildlife Management Districts) there is NOTHING here about the severe winter, other than to say fewer permits will be issued.

This is either poor reporting or MDIFW’s attempt at setting the stage for another round of excuses as to why deer hunting in Maine stinks.

Perhaps it’s time for a “new understanding and paradigm shift” about how deer can no longer survive in Maine because of global warming. You see, according to the Algorites, Algorism states that both mild winters and severely cold and snowy winters are the result of global warming. In addition, loss of habitat, lack of mast crops, spruce bud worm, deer ticks, Lyme disease, big deer, little deer, not enough deer, too many deer, too many predators, not enough predators, too many turkeys, not enough turkeys, budget shortfalls, lack of Incidental Take Permits, and you can add anything else you want to add, are all caused by global warming.

I hate to seem always critical but damn this kind of stuff is getting really old! How much do we pay these people? As was relayed to me by one reader, “The size of the report reflects the size of the deer herd.” He also said it was equivalent to an elephant [defecating] a pea.

Maybe we should just all give up……oh, wait. Hasn’t that already……..?

In 1984, Maine Planned Coyote Control Not Extermination

According to this article published in a Bangor Daily News newspaper, June 7, 1984, deer were “below the carrying capacity of the range, given the winters we have had.” So a plan was devised to “control” coyotes and not “exterminate” them.

It is safe to say that the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, along with Animal Damage Control, didn’t exterminate coyotes. And what year was it that the deer herd recovered and met carrying capacity and/or population target goals?

I thought so.


Deer Stuck in Fence Released

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86% Of Deer Hunters Hunt for Meat

I’ve written some about this before, in dispelling the lie often bandied around by the schilling Media that hunting is about trophies. In a recent survey of hunters in Massachusetts, 86% of hunters responding in a survey said they pursued whitetail deer, “for the delicious meat afforded them.”<<<Read More>>>

Vermont Publishes Deer Harvest Information

“Abundant apples, acorns and beechnuts that were available to deer last fall may have resulted in deer being more dispersed than in some previous years. However, cold temperatures and snow in the November rifle season likely increased the ability of hunters to find, see and take deer.”<<<Read More>>>

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