August 22, 2019

Deer Management Moves Into The 21st Century

One of the greatest challenges of deer management in this country is chronic wasting disease. Scientists say the disease is similar to mad cow disease but has its on characteristics and personality. There are always two issues when it comes to dealing with diseases like CWD. Scientists want to know how a disease is transmitted and what spreads it.

Dr. William Porter, an esteemed wildlife ecologist, will be heading up a study in and around the central New York area, that will track and study whitetail deer. This study, using the latest is global positioning satellite technology, hopes to give him better ideas on how CWD is spread among herds of deer.

With the assistance of a couple of students seeking advanced degrees, they will trap and collar 50 deer in the first year. These deer will be equipped with devices that will record location at all times, times of movement, temperature, weather, etc. This way they will be able to determine better the habitat of the deer and what influences, natural or man made, cause them to move and to where they move.

After one year, these 50 deer will be recaptured and have their collars removed. They will then capture and collar 50 more deer. The data collected will take several months to analyze before any conclusions can be made. This could be a major step toward better understanding how CWD spreads and help to devise ways of controling it.

Tom Remington

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Hindsite Deer Preserve Gives $100 off to MHT Members

Mark Luce, Owner and Maine Guide, from Hindsite Deer Preserve will be giving all card carrying members of Maine Hunting Today a $100 discount on all Trophy Hunts in the future. If you haven’t yet registered up as a member it is absolutely free for everybody in and out of state. Go here to become a member.

Make sure to check out Mark’s website for pricing. He also has great photos posted of recent hunting successes.

Hindsite Deer Preserve

Steven Remington

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The Gun Nut From Field and Stream

David E. PetzalFor us gun nuts, David E. Petzal who has been writing for Field and Stream for 30 years has a new blog. It is called The Gun Nut, and rightfully so!

He has tons and tons of stuff to say about guns, shooting, new gear, and hunting. Looks as though he has been updating it each day. Go check it out…

They describe his blog simply as the  “Rantings and ravings from Field and Stream’s David E. Petzal”

Steven Remington

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Don't Harass Deer and Elk

Colorado is reminding people that harassing deer and elk herds during the winter months can be deadly to the animals. To better understand how this is possible, let’s look more closely at the state of the animals during winter.

It should be known by most people that deer and elk spend the winter in herds living in a progressive state of starvation. When the temperature outside drops, the calories expended by the animals goes up eating away at the reserves of stored fat. When temperatures are persistently cold and brutal by human standards and remain in place for long periods of time, which is what most normal winters are like, the effort to survive becomes harder and harder. In essence, each animal gets closer and closer to death. Some don’t make it.

Often times we think that the bigger older bucks will be the first to survive. This is to the contrary. Remember that just prior to going into the harsh winter months, deer are completing the annual rut. During the rut, the bucks, particularly the dominant males, have expended huge amounts of fat reserves needed for winter survival. Because of this, it puts them at a higher risk.

With deer and elk in this state of near starvation, with little if any energy available other than to stay warm and forage of what little food there is, the last thing that is needed is for someone to come along and force the herd to run away to escape danger. This could be what puts some animals over the edge, resulting in death.

In Colorado, there are too many hunters and antler collectors decending on parts of the state looking for antler sheds. The deer and elk shed their antlers usually between January and March and hunters go there to try to locate where next year’s trophy buck can be found. Antler collectors also show up to scavenge for them.

It is legal to collect and sell antlers in Colorado but it is illegal to harass game. Walking into the middle of a wintering herd of deer and elk for the purpose of collecting antlers can and is considered harassment and fines can be levied.

It has gotten to the point where these antler hunters are now using trained dogs to locate and retrieve antler sheds. This can clearly be perceived as animal harassment. So please, don’t let your greed and selfishness put these animals at further risk of death.
Tom Remington

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