Deer hunt numbers down

The results are in for Ottawa County’s most-recent deer hunt at North Ottawa Dunes, and officials are trying to decide what to do next.
Alex Doty
Feb 14, 2014

“We definitely took less deer than last year, which we expected would happen,” Ottawa County Natural Resources Coordinator Melanie Manion said. “We’re still pleased, because our main goal isn’t to take so many deer — our main goal is to introduce hunting pressure.”

The results of the 2013 hunt are as follows:

*Nineteen hunters participated in the hunt.

*During shotgun season, Nov. 17-18, hunters harvested six deer. During muzzleloader season, Dec. 8-9, hunters harvested two deer.

*The eight deer harvested this year compares to 13 taken during the inaugural hunt in 2012.

County officials expect the dune deer hunt to be a long-term program to help the park’s natural environment. Manion says deer are a critical part of the ecosystem, and they aren’t trying to totally eliminate them.

“Continually putting pressure out there will put it to a nice balance,” she explained. “Hopefully, people can see their deer, but also see some of the plants coming back.”

Because of the success of the 2012 hunt, few changes were made in 2013. That could change by the time this year's hunt rolls round.

“We’re absolutely going to make changes, (but) we haven’t decided what we’re going to do at this point,” Manion said.

One idea being floated about is not putting as many hunters out, or letting hunters “buddy” up to work in pairs.

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Comments

jawbreaker10

The Ottawa County Parks & Recreation are finding out what most of us already knew, the deer are not in abundance in North Ottawa Dunes. They keep trying to sell people that it needs to be done but the few deer there should be left alone. This is done to make the Parks director look important and give him a chance to hunt near home. Ms Manion knows nothing about deer that is obvious by her remarks. The deer have had a hard winter to endure and because of that there will be less next year. Leave the deer alone and keep our parks safe.

LessThanAmused

Agree 100%. Talk about a non-issue. If those in power don't want to fix real problems, that's one issue, but to try and make problems where there are none is just plain stupidity.
Personally I'd be much more up for thinning out the political portion of the human population. Just think of all the problems that would go away without the self-serving, greedy, narcissistic politician conglomeration!

rajaju

Wow....well done

Lakota05

Typical and not surprising. Manion, our county's natural resources head (huh?) suggested in a meeting two years ago in SL TWP, that they could perhaps scare the public into agreeing into allowing hunting in the back yards of North Holiday Hills residents, with exaggerated statements regarding Lyme. Forgetting the public has already realized it is not the deer causing Lyme. Thinning the political portion, LessThanAmused, including her bosses, is right. Found this video:
http://youtu.be/t7CdoksI1Ok

Lakota05

Again, if they bothered to research,rather than push the "hunting in all parks" agenda, they would know that there is already plenty of hunting pressure from the year round killing on Construction Aggregates land, poaching in Kitchel-Lindquist , Rycenga property, etc.

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