Was reading the recent issue of PON last evening, and just couldn't believe my eyes. After 10 years under the "new format" of AR/HR, the following is how Deer Management has evolved. This is the new management technique, based on 10 years of study........... RANDOM SURVEYS OF THE STATES RESIDENTS. The PGC is will be issuing LESS tags in units 2B, 5C, and 5B. Here's why. Direct quote.
"For years, the objective has been to reduce Deer numbers in those highly urban, populated areas. That's no longer the case.
The Change was prompted by the random survey of state residents
done this winter for the commission by Responsive Management. It showed that most people are OK with the number of Deer out there right now. In unit 2B, for example, 52 percent of those surveyed indicated the Deer population was "just right". 9 percent said it was "too low", and 32 percent said it was "too high".
The commission's change is a reflection of that, said Chris Rosenberry, chief deer biologist for the agency."
......... Science ???
If ANY WMU needs reduction, it's 2B. Can't speak for the other two special regs., but I suspect they are the same. In 2G, where I'm hearing from camp owners things like, "The Deer are coming back some", and "It's not good, but it is getting a bit better", the biologists recommended 43,000 tags, up from 23,000 last year. The board settled on 33,000. Was this based on science ? Was it the same state resident random survey science ?
I'm no PGC knocker. I praise them more than not. But you've got to be kidding me. Even if the decision for the special regs. WAS based on a random citizen survey, as lead biologist, why publicly admit it ?
I think there needs to be a PR
shake-up on Elmerton.