August 27, 2016

Deer Take Caution: Baiting is Illegal

‘Stop Spraying New Brunswick’ blames deer population decline on herbicides

*Editor’s Note* – In the linked-to article below, there are some interesting graphics showing disparities in have harvest, both where herbicide spraying is done and by method of game harvest. “The group said they’re concerned about the declining deer population in the province. Group member Peter Gilbert said there’s a link between the fewer number […]

Should Fish and Game Agencies Ask Hunters for Help?

Craig Dougherty from Outdoor Life writes that fish and wildlife agencies ought to ask hunters for help with their deer management. “For years I have been arguing (and pleading) that under staffed agencies need to make better use of the millions of deer hunters who walk the woods annually. They are more than just another […]

Predator Hunting in Maine Has Caused the Deer Population to “Thrive?”

A report filed with the Portland Press Herald about Northern New England’s plans to issue more permits to kill antlerless deer to control the deer herds, states that: “Hunting of predators, like coyotes, has also helped deer thrive. Maine’s hunting season for coyotes is open year-round, unlike the seasons for deer, moose and bears, which […]

Ask a Biolo”jest”?

A few days ago I was reading another explanation as to why Maine was going to seriously increase the number of “Any-Deer Permits” for the upcoming deer hunting season when everyone is wondering when, if ever, the deer herd in the Pine Tree State is going to recover. This is what one particular “biolojest” said […]

Hateful Spite and Wanton Waste

The attending photo, shows a pile of dead deer killed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, to control the ungulate (deer) population at a U.S. military base on the island of Guam. According to the brief report I saw, the killing was done legally, however, disposal of the dead deer wasn’t carried out the way […]

Maine’s Mangled Moose Management

Most every morning I get up and somewhere along the line I end up asking myself why I see things differently than others. I don’t know half the time if it’s a curse or a blessing. Once I had confidence that when Maine finished their moose study program, they would be able to come up […]

5 Months for Maine IFW to Count 20,000 Deer

And then blame the poor harvest on “winter severity?” What to hell happened to global warming? We are all waiting for global warming to happen so there will be more deer….right? However, this time around it’s winter severity. I also have another question for which I can’t substantiate an answer. In this report (link below) are listed […]

GPS Radio Collars Tracking Maine Deer – WHY?

“In use since 1950s, Maine’s deer allocation system has worked very successfully; however, with a changing climate, changing landscapes, and perhaps, missing data for the 2 extremes of our winter weather – the very mild and the very severe – it was time for the WSI system to be re-evaluated. Kyle Ravana, the lead MDIFW […]

It Must Be The “New Way” We Are to Talk About Wildlife Management

First, let’s dispense with what we are told are the reasons we shouldn’t react to the increase or decrease in the number permits issued for lottery, to harvest deer and/or moose. An article in the Portland Press Herald informs readers that, according to Maine’s expert deer biologist, hunters should look at how the permit increase for […]