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Old 12-30-2015, 03:28 PM
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Here is the bill which I helped get written and which I will be testifying on behalf of in the upcoming Legislative session:

http://www.gencourt.state.nh.us/lsr_...id=1133&type=3

Rep Feltes who's name is on the bill, tells me it'll take a strong showing from the hunting community to get this passed. I urge anyone who supports a healthy NH deer herd to please support this bill. And if you have any desire to show up in person at the hearing - please pm me here.
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Old 12-30-2015, 04:12 PM
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Dan,

Good Idea!
It would be also positive deer management to have land taxes reduced for appropriate areas that are set aside as deer yards. ME has lost many of their deer yards, so I imagine the same is true of NH. A good deer yard can make a big difference in the health of a herd.
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I support that. When's the hearing?
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Old 12-31-2015, 09:09 AM
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I support that. When's the hearing?
As soon as I find out, I'll post the hearing date here!
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Old 12-31-2015, 09:54 AM
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A lot of deer feeding where I spend time in Maine. I think it's a cultural thing up there for a lot of people. I know it's very harmful and would never do it myself, but I see it a lot.
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Old 12-31-2015, 08:55 PM
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Dan,

Why limit the law to just where the NH fish and game says it's illegal to do so? Why not make it completely illegal? I wonder if the kill last year in Hampton Falls was in a deer yard? What's the science behind the philospohy of just where they say? I get deer yards but how are the boundaries defined? If I feed just outside the boundary is that ok? I like the idea of the bill but I think it's feels like "kinda pregnant".

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Seriously - make it a crime to feed deer ! That's what we need more laws.
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I'm unclear on just what problem this proposed law is supposed to solve.
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Am I correct that the issue is that it keeps deer in inhospitable habitat for the winter, high puts them at risk when the people stop feeding them? If not, what is the issue?

I liken it to a commitment on bird feeders. If you start you need to keep it full through the whole winter.
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TGIF,

That is the issue, as you clearly stated. Another problem is that the feed used by the well-meaning humans may not provide the nutrients the deer require to survive in that area. See http://www.seacoastonline.com/article/20150425/NEWS/150429398

Deer yards, OTOH, are typically created, or chosen, by the deer themselves based upon their survival needs. Here is a good write-up on deer yards - https://www1.maine.gov/ifw/hunting_trapping/pdfs/deer_yards.pdf, and this is recommendations for NH deer yards - https://extension.unh.edu/goodforestry/html/6-9.htm, finally, a short, to-the-point expression of their need - http://bangordailynews.com/2013/02/25/opinion/lack-of-deer-yards-are-cause-of-low-deer-numbers/

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