Category Archives: deer

Montana burg faces the urban deer quandry

This dilemma has faced city after city and town after town and, for the most part, continues to worsen. I recall visiting the Fontenelle Forest on the edge of Omaha, Neb., two decades ago and pondering the freakish park-like appearance of the forest atop a bluff overlooking the Missouri River. There was no understory. And the presence of a big herd of white-tailed deer was the reason. The people who look after the non-profit Fontenelle finally wised up and began conducting controlled hunts to get at least some of the deer out and give the forest and its understory a chance at growing – again. Spring forward to today and Missoula, Mont., faces the same problem as this article explains.

Some words on the mighty tick

Yes, sports fans, ticks are moving north into northern New England. The reason is the changing climate. Still, if one isn’t careful, a walk in the woods (if you can find some woods to walk through) on Delmarva would likely indicate just how prevalent these little critters have become. I can remember a whole bunch of instances in which I had to arm myself with tweezers to lift ticks off my skin. And I came home (to Pennsylvania) from a trip to wildlife refuges on the eastern shore of Maryland and Delaware (Delmarva, again) with two ticks embedded in the skin of my waist. That required a trip to the ER. Read about ticks and deer here. And here’s news of new-to-North-America ticks finding new blood in the Southeast.

To help forests and birds, stop helping deer

Yes! The writer of this op-ed deserves a medal for making the point that so many alleged conservationists (aka “sportsmen”) seem to ignore as they roam around in their pickup trucks with the windows rolled down looking for white-tails (in the East) and mule deer (in the West). Too many deer is THE issue facing forest after forest in Pennsylvania, where I lived for two decades and know only too well what browsing deer can do to other life forms. Why Bambi must go!

Canned hunting gets even more ghoulish

Read this sad tale from Louisiana and decide for yourself what metaphor best fits the storyline. Ghoulish? You bet

QDMA urges hunters in seven states to oppose deer-breeding legislation

The Quality Deer Management Association (QDMA) is urging hunters in seven states to oppose the expansion of the deer-breeding industry, which QDMA perceives as a growing threat to wild deer and the deer-hunting heritage. Legislation designed to loosen or dismantle regulatory barriers to white-tailed deer breeding and farming is being considered in Georgia, Indiana, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Tennessee and West Virginia. I suspect that an “outdoors” propagandist I know of in Pennsylvania is among the backers of this and I’m surprised that Pennsylvania is not among the listed states. Thank heavens. The QDMA’s release is here.

Connecticut’s idiot problem rivals its deer problem

In this, the second decade of the 21st century, it is abundantly clear to conservationists that some states, especially in the Northeast, have way too many deer on the ground, and the ecological quality of “protected” areas, like the one that’s the focus of this article, is suffering because of that. Wait until wolves come back? How about coyotes? They prey on deer, don’t they? Let’s be clear on one thing: The only predator that state’s in the East now have is the deer hunter on two legs and a rifle across the shoulders.

Ecological illiterates show their true colors in Montana

And a journalist helps them along with an unquestioning wittle article about killing predators to grow more huntable “wildlife” like bears and deer

Judge blocks deer culling plan at Binghamton, N.Y., campus

Yes, sports fans, our legal system is truly infested with ecological illiterates. The proof is outlined in this article from the Binghamton, N.Y., paper.

Shooting deer to save nature?

Well, yes, especially since, in more than 90 percent of the lower 48 states, the ntive predators that the Creator put on the land have been destroyed or otherwise harassed into extinction. Shooting deer to save nature is indeed the only real solution to problems like the one of NO forest regeneration experienced by the Fontenelle Forest near Omaha, Neb. some two decades ago. Conservationist Jared Diamond wrote about this floodplain forest along the Missouri River in this article.

Roadkill nation, Pennsylvania

Americans – me included – should be royally ashamed at the cost to their wild brethren of the transportation system we’ve chosen for our society. Trekker John Davis writes at length about it in this blog post.