Deer Hunting in the "Burbs"

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Published on: Sep. 2, 2003

Last revision: Nov. 15, 2010

parameters of prescribed deer seasons. Landowners experiencing damage or wanting to reduce deer numbers should take advantage of capable hunters willing to help them meet their management objectives on their land.

Landowners' objectives may vary. A landowner who is losing hundreds or even thousands of dollars in ornamental or garden plantings probably needs to harvest does. This is often the case where hunting has not been allowed for a long time or where the landowner's property is adjacent to a park or refuge where hunting is restricted. If the landowner has a tree nursery, he or she may need to have antlered deer harvested to stop the destruction caused by bucks rubbing trees during the rut.

In urban areas, it is important to make deer management a community effort and involve others who have similar management objectives. This can be done by talking with neighbors or through a homeowner's association. Since most parcels of private land within urban settings are small, deer traverse many properties on a seasonal or often daily basis. The community approach is valuable because it gives hunters more options with less legwork and allows them to focus on the immediate area deer are using.

If you are a landowner and you are experiencing property damage caused by white-tailed deer, local conservation agents, wildlife damage biologists and private land conservationists may know local hunters who can help you. Ask questions in local sporting goods stores and at Conservation Department offices, and you will surely turn some heads and make progress. Most hunters are eager for new hunting opportunities.

Once you have found a few bowhunters, you can pick the hunters who are right for you. All it takes is a few questions. Look at it this way; if your roof needs to be repaired, you would ask a contractor some questions before you agree to hire that person. Finding and setting up a working relationship with a hunter is no different.

Like many hunters, I prefer to drive less, spend more time in the tree, hunt where deer densities are high and build relationships with landowners seeking a little help from good neighbors. As a hunter, it is important to do what you say you will if you are asked to help someone control deer. It is a privilege to be invited onto another person's property, and the opportunity should be treated as such.

Many landowners do

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