bridger, the problem is PGC deer team has to work within the constraints of ďlimited dataĒ available.
i.e. as WMUís get larger, deer mngt. gets less precise across the landscape.
1 I think you missed the point.
2 I think you are wrong. The larger WMU's were needed to get enough data. The counties were often lumped together to get just enough to be close to reliable.
Precision across any land mass is not a goal it is only a dream made up when the term "cold spots" were coined.
Like they said in the clip even the corn and hay fields become cold spots when the crop is gone.
The problem the deer team has is working towards a "defendable" management plan only to have it made less defendable when the seats on the board play politics and plug in allocations that support the political end but turn a blind eye to the scientific results of many years of data collecting and best trend anadiplosis.
I see PGC Commissioners simply trying to achieve more balance within their WMUís in terms of application of mngt. The ďscienceĒ of mngt. is NOT being lost at all, itís being fitted with the limited data.
How could you listen to that clip and suggest the lack of data is the problem?
It is plain to anyone with an open mind that the datum is there and the trends are real but it don't taste right so we will cook up something else to use until we need to defend it in court and then we will hope everyone says the system in place is correct.
It is one thing to claim your system is the best and passes peer review. It is another to just have that system on the shelf and not use the data and recommendations the system produces.
Once again limited data is not the problem. That problem is solved by pooling areas and years to establish trends and trends are better than annual blips on the screen.
The problem is the willingness of the board at attempting to have every square inch micro managed for deer.
WMU's were made and named in an attempt to manage the wildlife within a similar land type with enough area included to provide reliable data.
If everyone wants DMA's than pony up the money and we can select every farm field by crop type and every wood lot by tree count. LOL. Micro management is not game management it is animal husbandry and even farms have cold spots or decreased productive areas. Waugh!