Very interesting meeting this morning: 2011 Deer Plan Update Meeting, held at HACC.
QDMA (Kip Adams)
PA/NWTF (Bob Ericksen, biologist)
Forest products industry Rep.
PA State Assoc. of Twp. Supervisors
USP (Pete Kingsley)
PFB (Jeff Grove)
PA Forestry Assoc.
UBP (Rick Conley).
PGC deer biologists presentation on current deer management program; Introduction/background on deer management in PA, going back to the early 1900s.
Goals of the program; How management recommendations are made, based on collected data.
Status of whitetail deer in PA; Achievement of goals and deer management tasks (Where we have been; Where we are; Where we are headed).
Extensive Deer Program Webpage demonstration, using the actual PGC website. Some very good info/data on that webpage and it's accessible for anyone that wants to learn about the subject.
Followed by discussions, Q&A, concerns expressed by attendees. Issues covered: WMU "tweaks"; CWD; County treasurers involved in doe tags; Predation; Deer dispersal; MYH doe tag transfers; Forest impact studies and lots more.
Best few hours I've spent, lately.