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Let the real deer hunters harvest them


Dear Woods-N-Water News:

We are very upset that the DNR would approve permits for such a minimal fee of $5 to "SHOOT'' off our deer herd of any sex in the springtime of the year. It's like shooting fish in a barrel, after the winter snows they are all deprived of food, still in herds, and ready to drop their fawns. All of the genetics from the fawns out of the does that were bred by the dominant bucks will be lost, and let's not mention the ones that were lost to the coyote that don't have a bounty anymore.

How can any farmer eat or use that much venison, and what's to keep them from selling it? No one is monitoring their actions. How do we know that they are getting all the deer heads TB tested? We have inquired and no one knows, not even the DNR.

All of our hunters have always been in favor of TB testing, and we boast 22 negative test cards from our hunt camp. We also know of many more negative test cards from our immediate surrounding sections. We encourage TB testing in our deer camp because we are very concerned about the health of the deer herd. If the DNR is not going to use our information, why do we even submit our deer heads for testing? If this practice continues, (KILLING IN SPRING) we will not continue to submit our heads and waste our time.

All of the farmers involved must have their cattle TB tested regardless of the spring deer kill results, and furthermore the deer being harvested are not in the proximity of the farmers' cattle herds.

The perfect solution to this problem would be to let the (real deer hunters) harvest them in the fall, since we are the biggest contributor to the DNR payroll checks.

McGinnis Lodge

National City, Mich.

McGinnis Lodge, National City Mich.
June 25, 2008

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