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post #1 of 45 (permalink) Old 01-27-2014, 09:37 PM Thread Starter
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QDMA to Address Declining Deer Herd

http://www.qdma.com/news/qdma-conven...-herds-threats

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Declining deer herds and other threats to North America’s deer-hunting heritage will be the focus of the first-ever North American Whitetail Summit being convened by QDMA, March 3-6, at Big Cedar Lodge in Branson, Missouri.

“Whitetail numbers are down throughout much of their range due to many factors including EHD, predators, and even over-harvest,” said QDMA CEO and wildlife biologist Brian Murphy. “In some areas, herds are below what the habitat can support and what provides a quality hunting experience. This is a serious issue with significant long-term implications for the future of deer hunting.”

In response to this and other alarming trends, QDMA is convening a first-of-its-kind Whitetail Summit and inviting leaders and stakeholders from the entire whitetail community, including deer hunters, state and federal agencies, conservation organizations, the hunting industry, media, universities, and landowners. The goal of the summit is to identify key challenges to the future of deer hunting and to begin addressing them one-by-one through industry-wide cooperation, within the context of the North American Model of Wildlife Conservation.

Numerous representatives of stakeholder groups have already committed to attend, and featured speakers will include internationally acclaimed conservationist Shane Mahoney; Dan Ashe, Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; and Dan Forster, President of the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies. Congressman Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, a deer hunter and former Vice Presidential candidate, will address Whitetail Summit attendees through a video message. The Whitetail Summit is co-sponsored by QDMA, Bass Pro Shops and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, with additional support from the National Shooting Sports Foundation, the Missouri Department of Conservation and numerous other companies, agencies and organizations.

“Whitetail hunters have had it extremely good for a long time, but there are many challenges ahead that will require cooperation and hard work,” said Murphy. “The Whitetail Summit is the first step in this process.”

Whitetail Summit attendance is limited. Click here more information on attending.
I wonder if QDMA and Unified Sportsmen will be joining forces.

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Re: QDMA to Address Declining Deer Herd

This from a group who has been running around for years stating that to have big bucks, you have to kill off the doe. Unbelievable.
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Re: QDMA to Address Declining Deer Herd

<span style="text-decoration: underline"><span style="font-weight: bold">This from a group who has been running around for years stating that to have big bucks, you have to kill off the doe. Unbelievable.</span></span>


Got that right. Deer farming has ruined a very good sport.
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post #4 of 45 (permalink) Old 01-28-2014, 02:00 AM
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Re: QDMA to Address Declining Deer Herd

Read the release posted a couple times. Didn't see where it said PA, or more specifically, your hunting area.
QDMA advocates herd size being in balance with the habitat. The release is consistent with that position.
So what's unbelievable?
And how does habitat management and keeping the herd in balance with that habitat result in populations below what the habitat can support.
You guys need to re-read the release instead of reading your agenda into it.

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Armchair biologists show thier comprehension level once again, gotta love it! Pretty pathetic actually, always need something to cry about!
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Re: QDMA to Address Declining Deer Herd

Never said the herd should not be in balance with the habitat, what are you talking about. Sound like you are the one with an agenda.
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I don't know if QDMA has the funds to hire full time professional biologists, hope they do.
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Armchair biologists show thier comprehension level once again, gotta love it! Pretty pathetic actually, always need something to cry about!
Are you allowed to administer a breathing treatment to yourself?
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Armchair biologists show thier comprehension level once again, gotta love it! Pretty pathetic actually, always need something to cry about!
Are you allowed to administer a breathing treatment to yourself?
Is that a joke?? If so I didn't get it. I'm beyond breathing Tx, I work closely with ECMO, Nitric Oxide, Flolan, VDR's and other high level therapies you would have no idea about but keep on joking, it makes you look intelligent.
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And how does habitat management and keeping the herd in balance with that habitat result in populations below what the habitat can support.
If some areas of the country have populations below what the habitat can support, something must be not be working right. All I see here is a QDMA attempt to get to the bottom of why that may be. If Pa should have areas where this condition is present, why be threatened by what may come out of this summit?

The PGC has stated that they don't care how many deer per square mile they have as long as the habitat is there to support them. Doesn't that policy give the approval for the deer to rise to the level of what the habitat can support?



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