In this month’s official Bent Tree newsletter, there is a stock photo of a fawn accompanying the Lake and Wildlife Committee article.
Note – the photo below was taken in Bent Tree
A previous post was about the dissolution of the Ad Hoc Financial Advisory Committee. A new ad hoc committee has been established. This one is called the Assessment Analysis Committee. The mission, according to the new board president, is to advise the Bent Tree Board of Directors on the “…feasibility of seeking a CC&R amendment to alter lot assessments in Bent Tree. And, if an amendment is viable, what solution(s) does the committee recommend, and what would be an appropriate timeline.”
A Bent Tree Bullet was sent out a few days ago with a link to the committee’s initial report. The report can be found on Bent Tree’s official website (property owner login required).
The following is from the unofficial Bent Tree grapevine.
A spotlight survey was conducted in Bent Tree (by BTCI employees) two months ago. Here are the results:
- 12/01/2014 30 deer counted
- 12/02/2014 24 deer counted
- 12/03/2014 8 deer counted
Based on these counts, the estimated deer density = 21 deer per square mile.
Note: the visibility index used in Bent Tree is 1
“…our results suggest that the benefit of spotlight survey data for monitoring deer populations is limited and likely represents a waste of resources with no appreciable management information gained.” – Collier, Bret A., Stephen S. Ditchkoff, Charles R. Ruth, Jr., and Joshua B. Raglin, “Spotlight Surveys for White-Tailed Deer: Monitoring Panacea or Exercise in Futility?”, The Journal of Wildlife Management 77(1):165-171;2013
The article referenced above was not written about the Jekyll Island deer situation, but is certainly pertinent. The article was written based on five years of collected data of thermal-image and spotlight survey data, to determine the reliability of such surveys. Following are the credentials of the authors:
- Bret A. Collier, Institute of Renewable Natural Resources, Texas A&M University
- Stephen S. Ditchkoff, School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences, Auburn University
- Charles R. Ruth, Jr. South Carolina Department of Natural Resources
- Joshua B. Raglin, Norfolk Southern Railway, Brosnan Forest
Click here to read the draft of the Georgia Deer Management Plan 2015-2024
Note – it is a big file and takes a few seconds to load.
Another Note – Bent Tree property owners have never been given the results from the winter deer counts.
Click here to link to a Georgia Outdoor News article regarding hunting and the 2014 Georgia Legislative Session.
“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.
There was a full moon on Wednesday (photos above and below were taken in Bent Tree). The December and January full moons were back-to-back “mini-moons”. Click here for more information.
The January full moon is known as the “Wolf Moon”. There may not be wolves in Bent Tree, but there are some healthy looking coyotes that can be heard howling at night. Several coyote photos (taken in Bent Tree by trail cameras) have been posted on this website in the past. The most unusual one was of a black coyote. Click here to see the black coyote photo on a previous post.