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Our sacred deer herd is being managed purely for money?


Dear Woods-N-Water News:

The DNR unknowingly admitted to having a low deer population in Zones 1 and 2 this year before the season even started. In a recent article in the Detroit Free Press, the DNR blamed the ultra-low firearm season harvest in Zones 1 and 2 on a severe winter kill. That means they knew the population was low going into the 2009 season. In spite of that, they increased available doe permit quotas in many regions where deer sightings are the lowest in several decades.

I am of the opinion that the DNR has forced themselves into a situation where they require the additional income from doe permits because of the lack of state funding. Rather than adjusting the doe permit quota to reflect the current deer population, they increased the amount in order to supplement the lack of funding. Consequently, they have everyone believing there are surplus does running around so hunters eagerly end up buying one or more doe permits thinking this year they will fill their freezers.

Many of the hunters I've talked with this year didn't even see a deer in five or more days of hunting and that was on their own property! What are all of us Northern Michigan landowners supposed to do; invade Southern Michigan where its mostly private land and gaining permission to hunt is darn near impossible?

I think we have a serious problem if the DNR doesn't back off on the doe permits. Soon hunters will get tired of sitting in the woods without seeing anything and just stop going "up north" entirely. What will that do to many of the businesses that depend on hunter's dollars to make ends meet? Back in the late 80s when the deer population was at an all-time high, we had to mail in for our doe permits and IF we were lucky, we would be drawn in the doe permit lottery. Today they pass out doe permits like Halloween candy.

Since our sacred Michigan deer herd is managed purely for dollars, maybe its time for us hunters band together and stop buying up all the doe permits. Perhaps then the DNR will get the message.

Concerned Hunter

Rob Seiberling

Rob Seiberling
December 23, 2009

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