• Although beautiful animals, there is overcrowding, they eat people's gardens, they don't let healthy to me compared to the deer up country.. And people feeding them won't allow them to rely on natural instinct to find food~ disruptive to natural course of nature-
  • All grill jokes aside, it is a serious concern and they are so damn cute.  I think most folks in town have conflicted feelings about them.

  • My hope is that the city's deer committee will arrive at a sensible compromise. A deer ran into the QT van a few weeks ago, did a lot of damage to the van, thank goodness not the driver. I'm very much afraid of the day when a deer-car collision will result in a terrible loss to the community. I don't want us to wait until that happens for us to take action.

  • The size of the herd has gotten completely out of control.  The number needs to be thinned or eventually the genetic integrity of the deer will be destroyed.  Have you noticed how unhealthy some of them look?  I know too many people who have endured symptoms of Lyme Disease long after they were deemed cured.  Plus there are a lot of other diseases, even worse than Lyme that are associated with deer ticks.    Many people feed the deer, and according to the Warden Service, there is no need to feed deer during Maine winters.  The healthy ones will survive, and the weaker will be eliminated by nature, which keeps the herd's size smaller, and genetic pool much stronger. 

    • So fire up the grill!

    • Even though I have eaten venison I just don't particularly care for it.  I am from the foothills of Appalachia, and we don't kill animals for sport, but for the meat.  Given the economic condition of our area, it would be great if the animals were thinned, but the meat given to those who wanted it.  Then fire up the grill, but personally, I would grind the venison  and make chili out of it.  Something, however, does need to be done about the overpopulation.  Too bad we just can't tranquilize them, and move them elsewhere.  Contrary to popular opinion, adding a fast acting tranquilizer does not make the meat unusable.  Although it does need to clear out of the animal for at least 24-48 hours before it is put down.  Just don't Bern the meat on the grill.   :)

    • Hunters for the Hungry

      Hunters for the Hungry Program

      The Maine Hunters for the Hungry Program was founded in 1996 and its impact has grown steadily ever since. Maine sportsmen and sportswomen can play a major role in game management while providing thousands of nutritious meals to hungry people across the state. The Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry distribute the donations to food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters affiliated with The Emergency Food Assistance Program.

      The Maine Hunters for the Hungry Program, a collaboration with Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, works with Maine Wardens, biologists, Marine Patrol Officers, Maine State Troopers and caring, generous hunters towards a common goal of helping Mainer's in need.

      The program accepts bear, deer and moose donations. Road kill donations are also accepted, provided the meat is not damaged. Hunters do not pay for the processing of donated meat. Meat processing costs are paid for by the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry or the charity that receives the food. Hunters choosing to keep their game can still donate a few pounds to the program. Meat Processors that are interested in participating should call 207-287-7513.

      The program has been successful annually by supplying lean, high protein meats to food pantries, soup kitchens, and homeless shelters throughout Maine.

      Hunters for the Hungry offer a deep and sincere thank you to the hunters, corporations, and organizations for their past, present and continued support. For more information, to donate, or to get connected to a Hunters for the Hungry participating meat processor call toll free, 1-888-4DEERME (1-888-433-3763).

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