One other thing about the deer from yesterday’s post…she’s definitely pregnant.
“Without its predators which have been removed, it [deer] will reproduce to a number that cannot be supported by the forest”. – from the report of the Bent Tree Ad Hoc Forest Management Committee, September 7, 2010
Click here to link to a Georgia Outdoor News article that discusses the result of the publication’s annual cover-ballot survey.
“In North Georgia the situation is quite different. The hunting in this area is typically upland game hunting. Widely separated, mature trees, with little or no underbrush, increases the visibility to 200 yards in these typical southern Appalachian hardwoods.” – Allen, George W. (Georgia State Game and Fish Commission). “The Management of Georgia Deer.” The Journal of Wildlife Management, Vol 12, No. 4. October 1948. Pages 428-432.
Click here to read Friday’s post, which shared a quote from a local hunter. The hunter makes an interesting point. The following is from the January 22, 2013 General Manager’s Report to the Board, summarizing the SWMNGA activity in Bent Tree from September 8, 2012 – January 1, 2013 (last year’s hunting season):
Suburban Whitetail Management of North Georgia (Bow hunter’s) final
report- The SWMNGA has submitted their final report as follows:
- 60 total deer removed (58 doe and 2 buck)
- 2,550 lbs of meat donated to Georgia food banks
- 17% contained shelled corn in the stomach indicating feeding is ongoing
- 3 deer had pellets from a pellet gun indicating shooting is ongoing
It’s possible that corn-fed deer are sitting ducks. It’s food for thought.
“We are barely seeing signs of life on our club, let alone a rut. Since acorns were a bust this year all of our deer moved to Bent Tree where they could get fed.” -November 4, 2013. Quote from hunter on Georgia Outdoor News forum.
A previous post mentioned the debate among Georgia hunters regarding recent regulation changes.