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    DNR Seeks 'Broad Input' On Deer Management

    The Trifecta-era DNR is preparing to turn deer management over to the PETAphiles:

    https://www.michigan.gov/dnr/about/n...eer-management

    DNR public survey, open through April 16, seeks broad input on deer management
    April 02, 2024

    As part of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources’ Deer Management Initiative process, several members of the group have collaborated with a social scientist from the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife at Michigan State University to craft a questionnaire for the public, aimed at assessing people’s opinions and perceptions about deer.

    The initiative, established earlier this year, is working to address current and future deer-related challenges facing the DNR and the Michigan Natural Resources Commission. It brings together members of the public and representatives from various stakeholder groups to offer diverse perspectives on deer management topics.

    As part of the 2024 Deer Management Initiative process, a subgroup of participants volunteered to work with a social scientist to formulate the questionnaire, which seeks input on current deer management practices and the overall significance of deer in residents’ daily lives. The data gathered will provide additional insights for future discussions and subsequent recommendations.

    "We extended this opportunity to work on the questionnaire when the group initially convened, and many readily jumped in to help develop it," said Chad Stewart, DNR deer, elk and moose management specialist.

    "We recognized our proficiency in surveying hunters but acknowledged a gap in gauging general public attitudes and views toward deer more broadly,” he said. “We want to learn more about how important deer are to our residents, what trends they see in their local areas, and what concerns they may have about deer in our state.

    “That’s why we’ve opted to make these questions available through an online survey that is accessible to everyone, albeit with certain limitations on interpretation. This data will remain valuable, offering insights into how residents across the state perceive deer."

    Take the survey

    All residents, regardless of their interest in or knowledge of deer, are encouraged to participate. Completing the survey should take no more than five minutes.

    Survey findings initially will inform members of the Deer Management Initiative team about Michigan residents' attitudes toward deer and deer management, and eventually be made available to the public.
    A link to the survey, open now through April 16, is available at Michigan.gov/Deer:

    https://msu.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/fo...ce=govdelivery

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    I took the survey. I gave them my opinion on the base license, that they need to make the rules easy enough for the average person to understand, and what I thought about people or groups outside of Michigan trying to influence the regulations for hunting and fishing in Michigan.

    Thanks 10x25mm for the survey link.

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    I took their survey when the DNR sent out their email blast maybe 1-2 weeks ago or so since I probably wouldn't remember to complete it later.
    One thing I added was how poorly implemented, restrictive and access challenged the mandatory deer harvesting process was.

    Unfortunately, I highly suspect the goal of the survey is to collect data that can be used to implement policies based of irrational feelings instead of science.

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    I took the survey although I got the feeling it was geared towards suburbanites that do not like the deer eating their magnolias in the garden.

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    Quote Originally Posted by crankythunder View Post
    I took the survey although I got the feeling it was geared towards suburbanites that do not like the deer eating their magnolias in the garden.
    Those folks should stop baiting deer and planting food plots then

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    I also took the survey. It sure seemed like they were wanting the go ahead to drastically lower the deer herd.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Moleman- View Post
    I also took the survey. It sure seemed like they were wanting the go ahead to drastically lower the deer herd.
    Then they need to go about it logically and sensibly-not the current patchwork, convoluted, restrictive BS system they have now…

    I’m going to do the survey right now and hopefully steer my responses towards that effect.
    “Cui prodest?” Lucius Annaeus Seneca

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    Quote Originally Posted by balrog006 View Post
    Then they need to go about it logically and sensibly-not the current patchwork, convoluted, restrictive BS system they have now…

    I’m going to do the survey right now and hopefully steer my responses towards that effect.
    Probably not long until we start seeing chipped gray wolves magically "expanding" into Lower Southern Michigan.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Moleman- View Post
    Probably not long until we start seeing chipped gray wolves magically "expanding" into Lower Southern Michigan.
    I would rather see them expand the elk herds to the west side.
    Accept Climate Change: ADAPT!!!

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    Just did the survey....gave a long answer the last question.....just feed up with the lack of doing anything in the UP to help the deer herd in the UP.....

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