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Shotgun deer seasons a primary management tool

December 3, 2011
By GARRY BRANDENBURG , Times-Republican

SHOTGUN DEER SEASON number one begins today, Dec 3rd. This method of hunting is very popular with hunters and is the primary method in the tool box of wildlife biologists and managers to hold the overall deer population in check. It is a delicate balancing act; to strive for enough deer but not too many deer. It is similar to walking a tight rope across the Grand Canyon on a windy day for DNR officials. It is easy to slip off the rope and fall. If history is any indication of the stories to come after the 2011-12 season is over, there will plenty of finger pointing by every special interest (non-biologists and Legislators included) into what went wrong. They will have their version of easy solutions to what is in truth a complex situation. The biologists get it pegged about right year after year. We have to give them credit.

 
 
 

 

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