By Don Jordan
called Quality Deer Management Association that promotes ethical hunting
and white-tail deer conservation has called on “hunters in seven states
to oppose expansion of the deer-breeding industry” because the practice
is “a growing threat to wild deer and the deer-hunting heritage.”
Read the QDMA’s
statement on deer-farming and canned hunting.
Here are some startling
factoids from the association’s deer biologist, Kip Adams:
*There are an estimated 10,000 deer breeding “farms” in the
*Deer-breeding farms transporting deer from state-to-state
are likely sources for the spread of Chronic Wasting Disease, a disease
similar to mad cow disease and which is always fatal to deer and elk.
*40 states have turned regulatory authority for captive deer
over to agricultural agencies and classify them as livestock instead
of wild animals.
According to the group’s Feb . 23,
2012 press release, they seek to stop the expansion of the deer breeding
industry and that authority either remain with or be restored to the
various state wildlife agencies instead of agricultural agencies.
While the press release
named Indiana as one of the seven states contemplating expansion of
deer breeding, the bill that would have permitted it was buried in
committee at the Indiana General Assembly. A committee chairman called expansion of canned
deer hunting businesses in the state a “terrible idea.”
The group has an
uphill fight with 40 states already on the wrong side of the issue,
but since it started with the publication of the book Quality Deer Management in 1975, the association
has grown to include 50,000 members in all 50 states.
If you are interested
and want to know more about this group, please contact CEO Brian Murphy
at 800-209-3337 or biologist Kip Adams at 814-326-4023.
Here is a brief of
QDMA essential principles:
The QDMA promotes:
and ethical hunting.
to wildlife and trespass laws.
harvests of adult does.
in harvesting young bucks.
involvement in education and management.
with wildlife biologists and enforcement officers.
of hunters and non-hunters toward a better understanding of wildlife
and appreciation of all wildlife.
The Quality Deer Management Association
(QDMA) is a non-profit wildlife conservation organization dedicated
to ensuring a high-quality and sustainable future for white-tailed
deer and white-tailed deer hunting. Founded in 1988, the QDMA currently
has more than 50,000 members in all 50 states and several foreign
countries including many deer management professional. The QDMA has
developed numerous partnerships with state wildlife agencies, timber
companies, hunting groups, and product manufacturers. These partnerships
have increased both the awareness of the QDMA and participation in
the Association’s management philosophy, Quality Deer Management (QDM).
Without question, the QDMA is rapidly becoming the most respected
and influential white-tailed deer organization in the United States.
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