HUNTERS FOR DEER DOT ORG
Hunters for Deer LLC. is an advocacy group for hunters on Long Island, that has joined together with hunting groups and local businesses to stop the culling of 3000 white-tailed deer from the five Eastern towns of Suffolk County by the USDA's sniper teams. Instead we propose the inclusion of hunting as a major tactic, in a well thought out and sustainable management program, accompanied by changes to local hunting regulations, aligned to meet the goals of our proposed plan.
When compared to the rest of the state, Long Island requires a unique strategy for deer management due to it's small woodlots, expansive farms and large tracts of public and privately owned land. All of which provide ample deer habitat with only a small portion actually being hunted, due to the restrictive nature of current land use and hunting regulations. A unique strategy might include localized changes to hunting regulations, improved access to state, county, town and private properties and the use of specific tactics to manage the deer herd. One thing is for certain. With an estimated deer population of 34,000 animals, the current system is failing.
We feel that the USDA's current plan to utilize snipers is short sighted and the cull will have little long term impact and will require future costly implementations of the same program to be even marginally effective. Without a real and sustainable plan, involving the hunting community coupled with localized regulations, the culling effort is just a smoke screen, designed to quell the immediate concerns of environmentalists, farmers and angry residents. This cull by local government, sends a message, that NYS would rather perpetuate the issue, than work towards a real and integrated solution that takes advantage of the resource provided by local hunters and creates a value for the deer.
With an already stagnant economy, hunters provide a boost to local businesses on the east end, who rely on the patronage of hunters during the winter months. There is no doubt that the east end is known for its beaches in the summer months, but over the past decade, we have become known for our world class white-tails and we would like to protect that resource, grow our economy and pursue the excitement that has grown around it.
Our organization is dedicated to starting the conversation about creating a sustainable deer management program here on Long island. A plan that minimizes expenditure of taxpayers funds, supports local economies, minimizes deer sourced damages, benefits hunters and sportsman and maintains a healthy world class deer herd. This is a critical time when good people must come together to make good decisions and make the most of the opportunity that is within our grasp. Allowing Local, State and Federal agencies to dictate a "massacre, instead of manage" plan for our white-tailed herd is unacceptable.
We propose the following issues be addressed in order for local Long Island Hunters to truly be utilized as an effective tool in Long Island's Deer Management program:
* IMPROVED LAND ACCESS
* REDUCE HUNTING BOUNDARIES FOR ARCHERY TO 150'
* BAITING AS PART OF A MANAGEMENT PLAN
* EXTENDED HUNTING SEASONS
* EXTENDED HUNTING TIMES 1/2 BEFORE SUNRISE TO 1/2 AFTER SUNSET
* UTILIZATION OF ARCHERY DURING ALL HUNTING SEASONS
* UTILIZATION OF CROSSBOWS IN DEER MANAGEMENT PROGRAMS
* UNLIMITED PAPERLESS "DOE" PERMITS FOR WMU 1C
* CREATE AN "EARN A BUCK" BONUS TAG PROGRAM
* IMPROVED DONATION AND DISTRIBUTION PROGRAMS
IF YOU WANT TO HELP OUR CAUSE, WE CAN USE DONATIONS TO FUND OUR CAUSE. WE ARE AN LLC. SO THE DONATION IS SUBJECT TO TAX CONSEQUENCES.
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