If you are not working to protect hunting
then you are working to destroy it. - - Fred Bear
Support the MN Deer Density Initiative
MBI has established a dedicated fund to support this effort. Please consider a donation...your deer hunting future may depend upon it! MBI is a tax deductable 501(c)3 non-profit organization.
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At their January 7th meeting the MBI Board voted unanimously in favor of a position supporting the efforts of the MN Deer Density Initiative.
MBI will be partially funding distribution of petitions to help raise the deer density goals in areas of the state short term, and to help retool the upcoming DNR stakeholder input process for transparency and equitable stakeholder representation.
If you are concerned with the number of deer in your area, and would like to help collect signatures, I suggest you approach your local archery shop to see if they would like to expose the petition to their league shooters. We will send them a kit that includes a postage paid envelope to send them back in. They can contact me to get a signature packet or for more information (763-213-6811).
If your area is enjoying numerous deer, I hope you enjoyed the past season and wish you luck next year.
Milwaukee-Wisconsin Journal Sentinel Outdoors Editor Paul A. Smith summarizes the results of the 3-year study. The study ranks the leading causes of WI deer mortality attributable to coyotes, human hunters, starvation, vehicle collisions and wolves. And, no, the preceding isn't in the correct order.
A very good article by Bill Winke on his Midwest Whitetail website about Iowa's deer management and the variables that have driven the number of deer down significantly.
(Go to Midwest Whitetail Article)
This article from The Economist weekly news magazine provides a thought provoking look at hunting today compared to Teddy Roosevelt's vision for American and hunting. You might not agree with everything the author has to say but it may just encourage hunters to ask themselves 'what is it I really want to get from hunting.' (Go to The Economist Article).
The article goes on to say "Across the country, hunting is poised for a comeback, and not just because the folks on Duck Dynasty make it look like so much fun. We have too many wild animals — from swine to swans...The same environmental sensitivity that brought Bambi back from the brink over the last century now makes it painfully controversial to do what experts say must be done: a bunch of these critters need to be killed. (Go to Time Magazine Article)