“How many deer should we have in Georgia?”

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November 3, 2013

The current Georgia Deer Management Plan was implemented in 2005 and runs through 2014. The Georgia DNR has scheduled ten public meetings to gather input regarding the next version of the plan. Click here to link to the October 29, 2013 press release for more information, including a list of meeting locations/times. The first meetings are scheduled for tomorrow in Dalton and Perry.

The Deer Management Industry

Over ten years ago, in May 2002, a Senior Wildlife Biologist with the Georgia DNR was part of a team that spent two hours “evaluating the impacts of deer on the native forest vegetation and some exotic home landscape plants”  in Bent Tree.  Click here and here to link to the website of the company the wildlife biologist owns and runs today.

“Whoa, you can shoot too many does.”

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October 18, 2012 - two coyotes in Bent Tree

The title of this post is a direct quote from Dr. Steve Ditchkoff, a leader in whitetail deer research and the head of the Auburn University Deer Lab. It is taken from a recent Georgia Outdoor News article on current concerns regarding the effect coyotes are having on the whitetail deer population in Georgia. Two years ago, some Bent Tree property owners tried to make the point that coyotes were in Bent Tree and were predators of fawns. These property owners were dismissed as ignorant by certain board members / other community members. In Georgia, the deer management philosophy of liberal doe hunting is being challenged by the coyote “predator pit concept”. The fear is that deer populations in some areas are in danger of dipping to a level from which the herd cannot recover (due to low numbers of fawns surviving coyote predation, especially when in conjunction with the high bag limit of does). Click here to read the Georgia Outdoor News article. It is lengthy, but worthwhile to read in its entirety. The photograph above, of two coyotes, was taken yesterday in Bent Tree by a trail camera. To quote Dr. Karl Miller (researcher and UGA professor) in the last line of the GON article, “We’ve got the coyote. And we’re going to have to deal with them.”

  • Click here for a previous post on coyotes and whitetail deer concerns.

There’s no way to sugarcoat this

Click here to link to a story about a bear trap in Big Canoe that led to disastrous results. Note – it appears the article is no longer available online. It told of a bear cub being decapitated after following its mother into a bear trap in Big Canoe.

Following is a picture of a similar bear trap used in Bent Tree.

Bear trap in Bent Tree last summer (July 29, 2011)

Bear relocation

Following is a picture of a trap that was used by the DNR in Bent Tree last year.  Click here to link to the Georgia DNR fact sheet on black bears.  The guest speaker scheduled for the September Lake & Wildlife Committee meeting is Mitch Yeargin of the Georgia DNR.  The topic will be “Living with Black Bears”.  Lake & Wildlife Committee meetings are open to all Bent Tree property owners (and renters).  The September meeting is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. on September 1st at the Club Tamarack Rec Room.

Bear trap in Bent Tree last summer (July 29, 2011)