Deer Management Groups Wants Deer Farming Ended

Biologists Cite Spread of Disease, Loss of Huinting Heritage As Reasons

Inside Outdoors
By Don Jordan

2/25/2012

 A group 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 U.S.

            *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:

  • Safe and ethical hunting.
  • Adherence to wildlife and trespass laws.
  • Adequate harvests of adult does.
  • Restraint in harvesting young bucks.
  • Hunter involvement in education and management.
  • Cooperation with wildlife biologists and enforcement officers.
  • Education of hunters and non-hunters toward a better understanding of wildlife management.
  • Stewardship 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.

Click Here to find out more about joining QDMA.

Click here to find out more about the QDMA REACH Program.

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