Originally Posted by yobuck
you know what one of the definitions for insanity is skip?
Doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results? LOL
Northern Maine's deer herd is in bad shape and seems to be getting worse (if that's possible) due to the following reasons ....
Unchecked logging operations. Paper companies are cutting off entire hardwood sections and replanting with fast growing pine. They spay the cutoff areas with herbicide which prevents new growth of forrage plants and hardwoods. Food loss.
The paper companies are cutting off slow growing cedar swamps many of which were deer yards in the winter. Habitat loss.
A totally unmanaged and growing Coyote population. Predation.
Two back to back bad winters which killed as much as 50% of the deer
in the Northern zone.
Wardens and biologists are using the term "extirpation
" which means local extinction
to describe the deer populations in the Northern part of the state.
I love Maine and lived and hunted there for 17 years. I still go back every year for bear hunting but I wouldn't waste my vacation time deer hunting in the Northern zone. Central and Southern Maine have much higher deer densities.