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Check out what the IA farm bureau suggests to manage deer population
Posted: 18 December 2014 03:40 PM   [ Ignore ]
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http://www.midwestwhitetail.com/publish/posts/3785/iowas-deer-control-plan-not-working.html

He is an FYI regarding some views of deer numbers in Iowa.  The important thing is that we all stay informed on the issues.

Reprinted with permission from the Iowa Farm Bureau Spokesman

Ag groups say Iowa’s deer control plan needs changes
10/27/2014 10:20:59 AM
Dirck Steimel
A group representing a wide range of Iowa agricultural interests say that deer continue to cause significant loss of crops, trees and forage and has recommended 30 improvements to a state program designed to reduce those agricultural losses.
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Whitetail deer are causing damage
to crops, trees and forage.

It’s critical to make improvements in the deer depredation program now, group said, because the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has reduced the number of antlerless deer tags overall in the state for the current hunting season. In addition, the groups said the DNR needs to work harder to raise awareness of the deer depredation program among farmers, livestock raisers, tree growers and others, the group wrote in an Oct. 16 letter to Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad, DNR Director Chuck Gipp and Bill Northey, Iowa Agriculture Secretary.

“We continue to hear from some of our members that they are seeing significant deer damage to crops and other agricultural production,” said Rick Robinson, environmental policy advisor for the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation (IFBF).

More than crop damage
Deer damage is also causing problems for livestock raisers, said Justine Stevenson of the Iowa Cattlemen’s Association (ICA). “During last year’s cold winter, we heard from a lot of our members who lost silage or DDGs (dried distillers grains) to deer, and some even said they saw deer in the bale rings,” she said. “Deer have also damaged high tensile fencing that cattle raisers use for rotational grazing.”

Ace Hendricks of the Iowa Woodland Owners Association said deer damage is a constant problem for tree growers and the depredation program needs to be improved. “It’s really a big problem for our members, all over the state.”

Deer, Hendricks said, often damage young trees by browsing and rubbing against them. “It doesn’t kill the tree, but it’s not ever going to be the same.”

Some tree growers have put up fencing to protect the young trees from deer, Hendricks said. “But they wonder why they have go to that expense to protect their trees from the state’s deer.”

Along with IFBF, ICA and the Woodland Owners, the group included representatives from the Iowa Soybean Association, the Iowa Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association, the Iowa Corn Growers Association, the Iowa Nursery and Landscape Association, Iowa State University Extension, the Iowa Wine Growers Association and the Iowa State Horticultural Society.

The group’s recommendations on the deer depredation program were sent to the DNR. The group was convened by Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey.

Under the current depredation program, someone producing crops or other agricultural products can consult with a DNR depredation biologist to assess the amount of deer damage. If the producer has sustained $1,000 worth of damage, or is expected to sustain that much, he or she is eligible to obtain a depredation permit through a three-year plan developed by the DNR biologist.

The depredation hunting licenses allow harvesting of additional deer during hunting seasons and nuisance deer outside of hunting seasons with shooting permits. The DNR biologist may also provide other approaches to reduce deer damage below the $1,000 threshold and to control the population with normal hunting pressure.

Key recommendations
Some of the key recommendations of the deer task force were:

• Allow the use of shooting permits on properties immediately adjacent to ones owned by farmers experiencing damage.

• Establish a valuation of perennial crops, such as nursery stock and windbreaks, which are often damaged but are not killed by deer.

Hendricks of the Woodland Owners Association said the depredation program currently doesn’t work well for tree growers because it typically pays only for new seedling trees and doesn’t account for the value of several years of growth in trees that were damaged by deer.

• Expanding the methods of acceptable documentation of deer damage to include photographs, feed-loss calculations and third-party evaluations.

• Simplify the permit process into a single license that could be used year-round, and issuing the permits at no cost.

• Eliminate the requirement that all deer killed during depredation must be recovered and processed for human consumption. Alternative disposal methods, such as composting, should be allowed, the group said.

• Eliminate shooting hour restrictions, allow farmers to use the most effective weapon and include both antlered and antlerless deer, as specified in the management plan.

• Eliminate the requirement that antlers from harvested deer must be turned over to a conservation officer within 24 hours and allow alternative means of handling antlers.

The group said some of the recommended changes to the depredation program can be implemented through policy changes, some may require rule changes and others would require legislation.

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Posted: 18 December 2014 06:07 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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Sounds like farmers in Iowa are a major enemy to hunters(and not just deer hunters) just as they are in Illinois. Truth be known, they are probably the biggest single threat to out sport.  I know saying something bad about a farmer around here is akin to saying there was no such person as Jesus Christ, so doubt many will offer a comment in support of my comments.  Early fall plowing, destroying habitat and mindless mowing out of sheer boredom are all problems we face as hunters. Those things are all secondary to the fact they’d love to see every deer exterminated.  Hunters are nothing more than a pain in the ass for farmers and vice versa yet we have to get along to help each other. This article should scare you if you are a deer hunter in Iowa.

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Posted: 18 December 2014 07:15 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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Biggest single threat to the sport?. And I’m sure you know that the farmer is completely bored out of his skull because hes mowing part of the thicket or crp that u probably trespass in every year

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Posted: 18 December 2014 07:38 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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The farmers who hunt usually have a few huge bucks on their wall.  While growing their own big bucks the rest of the deer reap the benefits as well as the rest of the wildlife.  I’ve met some who do want all the deer dead but they’re not all that way.

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Posted: 18 December 2014 10:03 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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The last few years two big farmers have bought a large chunk of our bottom land. They leave no wildlife cover or food at all. Nothing but dirt. I sure miss the no till guy who was forced out .

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Posted: 18 December 2014 10:23 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 5 ]
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Most farmers want their cake and to eat it too. They want a fortune to hunt their ground to kill deer but want all the deer gone . Makes no sense . I talk to alot af farmers and most with any quality soil at all claim 200 to 225 bushel per acre corn and 50 to 60 beans . How much can the deer be eating ? Im with yellowstone on this early tilling , taking out every fence row to gain an acre and mowing every water way is killing the habitat . Not all farmers are like this but most would kill every deer in the state so they could pile up more grain on the ground at the local elevator. When the state of il put a limit on nr tags in the 90’s the farm bureau was the driving force in getting more added every year until now their not all sold . It wont be long they will push the state of iowa to sell more tags , get rid of the point system and open the doors to every ” trophy ” hunter that can afford a tag . Theres money to be made and the politicians will get theirs one way or another.

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Posted: 19 December 2014 05:38 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 6 ]
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I was coming home the other day and seen yet another fence row being cleared. Trees piled and a water way started.  But suddenly the word KARMA popped into my head. The poor farmers excavator had caught fire and looked a total loss. I feel for the farmer that lost his equipment (thank God for Insurance).  But he must have really pissed off the squirrel that lost his home.  Farmers , is it really worth 2 more rows of corn or beans?. So sad.

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Posted: 19 December 2014 12:01 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 7 ]
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Might wanna have the first clue of what your talking about before you open your ignorant mouth. That fencerow is not being taken out to add 2 more rows of corn or beans. That fencerow is being taken out because the trees sap the ground out as far as the leaves reach. leaving that farmer with possibly up to 30 feet or more of non producing ground along that entire fencerow, not to mention all the sunlight that the trees prohibit the rest of the field from getting. Maybe he is trying to make his ground more valuable by wiping out a worthless bunch of trees. Maybe he doesnt want to let it all grow up and widen farther every year and over time have that fencerow take over half his field. Either way, it’s certainly not your property to complain about. Maybe he was taking it out to make his life easier and not have to farm around it all the time just so you can park your ass in the fencerow that he told you to stay out of. Shame on you for posting about the excavator burning. Maybe you will think Karma when your house burns to the ground. Thank God for insurance though, right?

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Posted: 19 December 2014 12:07 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 8 ]
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My wife had a college paper that dealt with the clean water act and revisions to that act up until present day.  The government likes to focus on manufacturers and coal fired power plants but farmers, by a large margin, are the worse polluters that there are.  Its unbelievable the amount of pesticides and fertilizers that make it into our waterways.  Just google the amount of pesticides used on fruits and vegetables in California or the dead zones created at the mouth of the Mississippi.

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Posted: 19 December 2014 12:15 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 9 ]
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And MattG, Your right, Farmers do want their cake and eat it too. But doesnt everybody that has a career? Fall tillage helps to break down the stalks and residue so that we dont lose nitrogen from the soil thats trying to break down that stalk or residue. Mowing waterways keeps trees from sprouting in them. Sorry but were not out there farming just so that we can help all the people trespassing on our ground see more deer while were stuck in the combine. And yea we want a fortune to hunt our ground so that when your worthless ass falls out of the tree and files suit we can afford to pay a lawyer. Maybe we shouldnt lease any ground and let all you trespassers fight over whats left.

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Posted: 19 December 2014 12:17 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 10 ]
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I tought we were on an adult web site, but it doesnt surprise me.  I always thought arguing over the internet is strange way to make your point, but face to face is the right way.  Anyways, my opinion is this, everybody has their own opinion, like it or not! your opinion is yours and his opinion is his.  I get so tired of when somebodys opinion is not “politcally correct” they get chastized like a child.  IT IS AN OPINION, SUCK IT UP IF IT OFFENDS YOU. shame on YOU for making a reference about his house burning down

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Posted: 19 December 2014 12:18 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 11 ]
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Buckbull, maybe we can just stop using those chemicals and not be able to grow as much, and what we do grow, we can export to china for a higher price and you can grow your own food, damn hippies

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Posted: 19 December 2014 12:20 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 12 ]
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I said, Thank God for insurance though, that makes it ok I guess. It seemed to in his statement. lol

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Posted: 19 December 2014 12:52 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 13 ]
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I feel bad for the farmer , I know who he is and he is a very nice man .  I HAVE MY OWN LAND.  SO MY WORTHLESS ASS IS PARKED ON IT!. I could care less about the trees , you’re correct it is his land and he can do with it what he wants. I was just chiming in like you do with a lot less attitude . I felt bad his excavator burnt up, I was not making fun of it. I drove by seen it and said wow must have pissed a squirrel off , it’s called squirrel karma . Maybe a bad joke on my part I am sorry.  I refuse to stoop to your level and start name calling and being all puffy chested and macho and wishing my house burnt down. Have a nice day CLINTONCOUNTYSUCKS…...

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Posted: 19 December 2014 12:54 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 14 ]
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Clintoncountysucks . First off your an idiot you try to convey your some kind of farmer however your posts show nothing but ignorance. The hunter resposibility act removes almost all liability for farmers as long as they dont charge to hunt . Only when accepting payment is it void. If you do farm im sure its a farm your grandfather and father worked hard for and handed to your worthless ass . Driving a new truck every year ? Im sure your forebearers didnt most of the old timers cared about the habitat and the wildlife, they considered it part of their farm and their responsibility . You speak of a spoiled kid and im sure you are of the entitlement generation. We have all seen it time and time again dad sends son to college for ag son gets out of school and turns into a money hungery idiot ( like yourself ) and trys to improve on what doesnt need to be improved on. When is enough enough ? How much govt money do you get ? Well son that is my tax money when you cash that check . Post your name and ill look it up for you and let everyone on here know how much farmer welfare you recieve . Being a farmer is alot more than sitting in a combine its being a good steward to the land and wildlife something that your folks obviosly didnt teach you.

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Posted: 19 December 2014 12:58 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 15 ]
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BRAVO mattg, Im glad more than one can see through that transparent shit that is spewing out of his mouth

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