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The Science of Deer Management Public Symposium: Managing Public Lands
3:45 P.M.
Mr. Adams is an expert on “quality deer management.” He will utilize his expertise to discuss the challenges of meeting multiple expectations for deer herd
on public lands, maximizing time a-field, avoiding
hunter/recreational conflicts and meeting multiple
public objectives.
4:30 P.M.
5:30 P.M.
Public Symposium:
Managing Public Lands
Kip Adams, Quality Deer Management
Association, Pennsylvania
The Science of
Deer Management
September 29, 2008
Comfort Inn and Suites
and Convention Center
Mt. Pleasant, MI 48858
Questions and Answers
Moderator— Dr. Russ Mason, Wildlife Division Chief,
Michigan DNR
Wrap-up
Doug Reeves, Assistant Division Chief, Michigan DNR
MUCC
Presentations and meeting materials will be online within
five business days following the symposium at www.mucc.org.
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The public symposium, The Science of Deer Management, is being
co-produced by Michigan United Conservation Clubs (MUCC) and
the Michigan Department of Natural Resources’ (DNR) Wildlife
Division as part of the strategic planning process for the management of deer. The purpose of the Symposium is to explore what
science can tell us about the major areas of tension related to the
management of deer in Michigan.
9:00 A.M.
9:30 A.M.
9:45 A.M.
10:15 A.M.
Registration
Welcome
Michigan DNR Director Rebecca Humphries and
MUCC Executive Director Dennis Muchmore
Dr. Hanson will describe the results/impact of Missouri’s
mandatory deer check system and its impact on estimating Missouri’s yearly deer harvest.
11:30 A.M.
Lunch Keynote: The Human Dimensions of
Deer Management
1:00 P.M. 2:15 P.M.
Break
Population Management
Keynote: Estimating Deer Harvest
Dr. Lonnie Hanson,
Department of Conservation, Missouri
10:35 A.M. 1:45 P.M.
u Bret Wallingford, Game Commission, Pennsylvania
u Dr. Mike Tonkovitch, Department of Wildlife, Ohio
Mr. Wallingford and Dr. Tonkovitch will discuss their
respective state’s deer management strategies and
their potential implications for Michigan: managing
bucks with antler point restrictions and hunter’s attitude toward those strategies in PA; antlerless deer
harvest strategies in OH.
Dr. Shawn Riley, Michigan State University
Dr. Riley will discuss the challenge of managing
Michigan’s deer herd using sound science as called
for under Proposal G, while meeting hunter’s expectations.
Managing Disease
Dr. Mike Miller, Department of Wildlife, Colorado
Dr. Miller is a world-renown expert on CWD and will
describe what Michigan can expect now that CWD
has been found in the state.
Wolf Impacts on Deer Populations
Dr. Tim Van Deelen, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Dr. Van Deelen recently completed a multi-year study
on the impact of wolves on deer populations. He will
discuss his study’s findings and how this information
relates to Michigan.
Urban Wildlife Management
Dr. Brian Underwood, New York
Dr. Underwood has experience in managing deer in
urban areas and in national parks. He will discuss strategies for managing deer when traditional management tools are limited. Managing urban deer populations is a growing problem in Michigan.
2:45 P.M.
Deer and the Michigan Economy
This panel of experts will help define the positive
and negative impacts of Michigan’s deer herd on
Michigan’s economy and the implications for future
management strategies.
3:30 P.M.
Break
u Dr. Chuck Nelson, MSU
Economic Impact of Deer Hunting
u Bill Cook, MSU Extension
Results of Survey on Forester’s Perceptions
on Deer Depredation on the Forests of Michigan
u Krishnan Sudharson, Public Sector Consultants
Study of Deer Collisions in S.E. Michigan and the
Impact of Surrounding Habitats
u Ernie Birchmeier, Michigan Farm Bureau
Economic Impact of Deer on Michigan’s
Farm Economy
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