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1 Deer Management in Maryland -Overview Brian Eyler Deer Project Leader

2 Management History -Pre-colonial/Colonial Deer abundant Important to eastern tribes Legislatively protected in Maryland 1729

3 Nearly Extirpated Industrial Revolution Market hunting Reduced regulations Habitat destruction Relegated to western region Management History -1800s

4 Management History -1900s-1960s Protection and Restocking No hunting (1902) or antlered-only hunting Hunting license requirement 1918 Restocking efforts from Maryland & elsewhere

5 Management History -1920s-1970s Population Regrowth Deer refuges (e.g. Gwynnbrook WMA) Improved habitat via forest regrowth, tree plantings, urban/suburban development

6 Management History -1980s-Present Full Recovery and Much More Deer Refuges & Open Space programs Food-rich suburbia Modern farming practices Conversion of hunted farmland to non-hunted suburbia

7 Favorable Habitat + Few Natural Predators + Mild Climate = A Lot of Deer

8 30/sq.mi.

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10 Deer Hunting Maryland 2006: -$190 million sales revenue -$71 million salaries/wages/business owner income -2,272 deer-related jobs -$15.5 million state/local tax revenue -$16.5 million federal tax revenue Wildlife & Heritage Service Budget 2006: -57% hunting license sales -32% Federal Aid

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12 Deer Hunting Maryland 2006: -$190 million sales revenue -$71 million salaries/wages/business owner income -2,272 deer-related jobs -$15.5 million state/local tax revenue -$16.5 million federal tax revenue Wildlife & Heritage Service Budget 2006: -57% hunting license sales -32% Federal Aid Agricultural Wildlife Damage Maryland: -$9 million total -$7.5 million deer annually Deer-Vehicle Collisions Maryland: -25,000 estimated collisions -$75 million(?) in damage annually Forest and Landowner Damage $$?

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14 Deer Management Today -DNR Statewide Deer Management Plan (2009) Primary Management Options Hunter Harvest Deer Management Permits (i.e., crop damage permits) Deer Cooperator Permits/Sharpshooting/LOAs Fencing Repellents/Deer resistant plants Deer Contraceptives / Sterilization

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16 Deer Seasons & Bag Limits September 15 January 31 annually 36 deer bag limit in Region B 6 deer bag limit in Region A Unlimited antlerless deer bag limit in suburban archery zone Encourage the harvest of antlerless deer (i.e., females) Liberal allowance of weaponry (modern muzzleloaders, crossbows, etc.)

17 Crop Damage Permits

18 Other Lethal Deer Cooperator Permits Sharpshooting Letters of Authority Managed Hunts

19 Fencing

20 Deer Resistant Plantings/Repellants

21 Deer Resistant Plantings/Repellants

22 Deer Contraceptives/Sterilization

23 Challenges Decline in hunters/bag limit saturation

24 Hunting License Sales

25 Challenges Decline in hunters/bag limit saturation Access to land to hunt to control deer - refuges

26 Challenges Decline in hunters/bag limit saturation Access to land to hunt to control deer - refuges Effective urban/suburban deer management

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28 Challenges Decline in hunters/bag limit saturation Access to land to hunt to control deer - refuges Effective urban/suburban deer management Non-lethal technologies

29 Challenges Decline in hunters/bag limit saturation Access to land to hunt to control deer - refuges Effective urban/suburban deer management Non-lethal technologies Consensus on deer population levels and management strategies

30 Challenges Decline in hunters/bag limit saturation Access to land to hunt to control deer - refuges Effective urban/suburban deer management Non-lethal technologies Consensus on deer population levels and management strategies Politics vs. needed management

31 Challenges Decline in hunters/bag limit saturation Access to land to hunt to control deer - refuges Effective urban/suburban deer management Non-lethal technologies Consensus on deer population levels and management strategies Politics vs. needed management Crop damage issues

32 Challenges Decline in hunters/bag limit saturation Access to land to hunt to control deer - refuges Effective urban/suburban deer management Non-lethal technologies Consensus on deer population levels and management strategies Politics vs. needed management Crop damage issues Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD)

33 Agency Perspective Leadership/guidance with wide sideboards Federal, County, Local Governments and private groups/associations must be proactive in deer management Education and building consensus among stakeholders/constituents critical Must have a variety of tools in the toolbox Continue to rely on hunter harvest/lethal control as primary management methods

34 Catoctin Mountain Park Antietam National Battlefield Self Regulation? C&O Canal Parklands Military Installations Statelands Etc.

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36 Agency Perspective Leadership/guidance with wide sideboards Education and building consensus among stakeholders/constituents critical Federal, County, Local Governments and private groups/associations must be proactive in deer management Must have a variety of tools in the toolbox Continue to rely on hunter harvest/lethal control as primary management methods Continue to support research, development, implementation of non-lethal technologies

37 Questions?

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