March 8, 2000
Natural Resources Commission
P.O. Box 30028
Lansing, MI 48909
Subject: Report on the first year for the DMU 107 QDM demonstration
The Mid-Michigan Branch QDMA members along with the hunters and landowners of DMU 107 appreciate your new venture vote of last June 1999. We are all working hard to educate and win support for this demonstration. The following are some of our efforts and results.
- Repeated notices and articles published in the five local newspapers and major statewide sports publications explaining the QDM demonstration rules and goals.
- Over 5000 flyers distributed in DMU 107 and surrounding area explaining the QDM demonstration rules and goals.
- Held a well-attended QDM educational seminar at Jay's Sporting on September 18, 1999. The program consisted of speakers, like Dr. Karl Miller of the University of Georgia and Dr. Bill Moritz of the Wildlife Division DNR. The survey taken at this event showed 96% support for the DMU 107 QDM demonstration.
DATA COLLECTION PROGRAM
- Collected over 200 deer heads in Clare, Northern Isabella, Western Gladwin, and Southern Roscommon counties for TB testing.
- Held five deer check and aging days at Jay's Sporting during the 1999 deer hunting seasons.
- Collected biological data including age, sex, antler size, and lactation of does on 200+ deer.
HUNTER AND LANDOWNER FEEDBACK PROGRAM
- Maintained contact throughout the year with pro and con DMU 107 people to hear their views.
- Held town meeting on February 6, 2000 at Jay's Sporting for feedback.
Enclosed is the survey taken at this event and counted by DNR Supervisor Doug Reeves, Bay City District. Mr. Mark Yenkel organized a very positive town meeting. Mr. John Wolfe, Clare School District Representative, served as facilitator. He asked that the pros sit on his left and the cons on his right, and after the shuffle it appeared about 15 people sat on his right which made up around 30% of the total people present. Everyone had an opportunity to speak and some had spoken three times, like Retired DNR Biologist Mr. Ray Scoffield. No one was against the concept of QDM. The question on the survey concerning the DMU 107 QDM five-year demonstration shows 90% support with only 6 votes in opposition. In my opinion some of the people sitting in the opposition section had to vote in support of DMU 107. It is also my opinion that many of those who voted no opinion, which was counted as a no vote in the 1997 DMU 107 DNR survey, have a positive opinion now. Commissioners please revisit this gross negative bias.
DNR LAW ENFORCEMENT PROGRAM
- There were 25 citations issued in Clare County for all violations during the 1999 deer seasons.
- There were 6 warnings issued in DMU 107 for violating the new three points on one side minimum buck rule.
- No citations issued for violating the new DMU 107-buck rule.
- There were 50 citations issued in Clare County for all violations during the 1998 deer seasons.
- There were 150 citations issued yearly in Clare County as an average through the years 1993-1996.
- Law enforcement division intends to tighten up on violations in 2000.
- Law enforcement division should be commended for fair approach to the new experience of DMU 107.
- Low number of violations in DMU 107 mirrors the experience of other QDM demonstrations.
RESULTS OF COLLECTING DMU 107 BIOLOGICAL DATA
- No data received from the DNR at this time.
- Preliminary data shows the percentage of 1 1/2-year-old bucks harvested in DMU 107 to be in excess of 70%.
- Percentages should be less in following years.
- Biological data to follow when complete.
Commissioners, Thank you for your vision and trust.
KEEP THE FUN IN HUNTING!
Ed Spinazzola, Executive Board Director
Quality Deer Management Association