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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 01-10-2013, 10:26 PM Thread Starter
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Gburg Battlefield deer.

I've been seeing anywhere from 3-12 deer in teh morning and evening on the way to and from work. I haven't seen that many deer on the battlefield since before the mass killings. It's nice to see, but i'm afraid that they will be killed by the park service soon.

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post #2 of 16 (permalink) Old 01-10-2013, 10:45 PM
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Re: Gburg Battlefield deer.

Wow... i'm not even touching this one... "mass killings"???? "Afraid they will be killed by the park service soon"??? lol OH please....

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Re: Gburg Battlefield deer.

What's so funny? They did a kill in VF Park and it workd just fine. For now, there are no herds of deer in the park. I may have seen a half dozen deer in the park in the past six months. Before the shoots I would see as many as 20 in a group with many groups all over the place.

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Re: Gburg Battlefield deer.

Killin'time...obviously you don't know what's going on here. They slaughtered several hundred deer over bait in a few years (mass killing) and continue to "maintain" the population at acceptable levels each winter. It is well known fact in the area. I haven't seen but maybe 3 deer on the park this year. The OP is correct.
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Re: Gburg Battlefield deer.

I have seem lots and lots and lots of them.Too bad its illegal to hunt and trap there.Or I'd start sniping form little round top and a few other places.I have seen a very good red fox near the one orchard with the house next to it.
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Re: Gburg Battlefield deer.

LOL I love it... Yeah.. I know nothing about the deer in gettysburg... Again.. loaded words filled with emotion.. "Slaughterd"...... bownut... I know ALOT about the deer situation in Gettysburg.. Although I don't work for park service, or USDA, I was part of the deer study in Gettysburg. No, I'm not the guy making the calls on how many deer there need to be "culled" every year, or how many deer per square mile there should be... But I WAS part of the study which radio collared, help track, trapped, surveyed, etc... the deer in gettysburg just 2 or 3 years ago... So... do tell me i don't know what's going on here...

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Re: Gburg Battlefield deer.

You may know about the conditions there now but I'd bet a dollar you were still filling diapers when there actually was a deer herd on the park. I helped the grad student from PSU do his study back in the mid 80's. Interesting enough, his study concluded the herd was in great shape and healthy, unlike the herd at Valley Forge. It was a slaughter the first few years they started "culling". Brought them out by the trailer load. No other word for it.
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Re: Gburg Battlefield deer.

So, since you know it all about the deer management in gettysburg, you then know that in order to stabalize the deer population, and KEEP it at a certain level, you have to continue to cull deer every year. otherwise the population doubles, triples, etc in just a couple years and you're back to square 1. But you already knew that.. What it comes down to, and i've heard the agrument time and time again, is that people like driving around and seeing, 20, 30, 40 deer in a field, turning around the corner and seeing the same in the next field. Anyway who thinks that's healthy for deer herds is pure ignorant to deer management.

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Re: Gburg Battlefield deer.

Personal attacks stop now! Thread will be locked if they continue.

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Re: Gburg Battlefield deer.

There have always been federal lands, such as a battlefield park, where hunting is not allowed.
And deer do expand in areas where hunting cannot take place or will not take place.

It's a good thing hunting does not take place at Gettysburg National Military park. Can you see the publicity if an errant shot hit a battle monument.
Reminds me I got word of a homeowner who saw several deer in her back yard. It's a wonderful place for deer. Just not a place for hunters; suburban area you see.
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