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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

Dear Commissioners:

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.

EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM

DATA COLLECTION PROGRAM

HUNTER AND LANDOWNER FEEDBACK PROGRAM

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

RESULTS OF COLLECTING DMU 107 BIOLOGICAL DATA

 

Commissioners, Thank you for your vision and trust.

KEEP THE FUN IN HUNTING!

Ed Spinazzola, Executive Board Director
Quality Deer Management Association