Niagara Gazette


October 26, 2013

Bill Hilts' Outdoor Report for Oct. 27


Niagara Gazette — “I’ve seen it happen – over 40 landowners working together with one common objective in mind. I’ve seen some landowners who aren’t hunters and didn’t want anything to do with hunting become involved to help the local habitat. It’s pulled all these neighbors together. If you would have told me that 20 years ago, I never would have believed you.” 

It’s also led to better landowner relations, which is a good thing.

Herd Monitoring — It’s important to monitor the progress of the deer herd on all of the QDM co-op areas. 

“Every deer is checked – whether it’s harvested through hunting or found dead on the property," adds Purdy. "We monitor body weight, whether or not milk is present in the does, antler diameter of the bucks and so on. We also extract a jaw bone from every deer and pull a tooth to determine the exact age of the deer. It’s an important component to the overall program.”

QDM isn’t for everyone. If you wanted to become more informed on developing your own land, you could contact your local QDM Branch to get started. If you don’t know of one, contact Purdy at 518-222-4075 or visit the website at Once you have the landowners and the land, all you need is the passion. QDMA will work with a biologist and forester to develop a strategy and set you on the right track. The North Western Branch leader is Joe Ciepiela of Lockport at 625-8279. Other branches exist in the Southern Tier, Rochester area and the Finger Lakes.

“I think that there’s this attitude out there that we are all about trophy hunting and I think that’s unfair,” says Purdy. “When a co-op is run properly, it involves numerous projects that benefit all forms of wildlife, not just deer.” 

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Featured Ads
House Ads
AP Video
Florida Panther Rebound Upsets Ranchers Small Plane Crash in San Diego Parking Lot Busy Franco's Not Afraid of Overexposure Fighting Blocks Access to Ukraine Crash Site Dangerous Bacteria Kills One in Florida Workers Dig for Survivors After India Landslide Texas Scientists Study Ebola Virus Smartphone Powered Paper Plane Debuts at Airshow Southern Accent Reduction Class Cancelled in TN Raw: Deadly Landslide Hits Indian Village Obama Chides House GOP for Pursuing Lawsuit New Bill Aims to Curb Sexual Assault on Campus Russia Counts Cost of New US, EU Sanctions 3Doodler Bring 3-D Printing to Your Hand Six PA Cops Indicted for Robbing Drug Dealers Britain Testing Driverless Cars on Roadways
House Ads
Night & Day
Twitter News
Follow us on twitter
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Front page