UP QDM Proposal Results Available|
The proposal to implement mandatory Quality Deer Management (QDM) regulations across the entire Upper Peninsula (UP) failed to receive the necessary threshold support level of 66 percent, according to results of a survey shared with the Natural Resources Commission by the Department of Natural Resources' Wildlife Division today at the commission's meeting in East Lansing.
Quality Deer Management is a form of deer management that requires restrictive buck harvests and sustained antlerless harvests. The DNR supports the voluntary implementation of these practices on private land.
A survey indicating support or rejection for the proposal was sent out to of almost 4,000 landowners and hunters by the DNR's Wildlife Division.
Sixty-three percent of the surveyed landowners owning land in the UP supported implementing the proposal. Among surveyed hunters that hunted in the UP, about 61 percent supported the proposal.
A similar QDM proposal was submitted for DMU 017 (east end of the UP). Fifty-nine percent of landowners and 58 percent of hunters supported that proposal.
The report of the QDM findings for the UP is available on the DNR website at www.michigan.gov/dnr. In addition, the DNR is currently accepting comments on the guidelines used for proposing mandatory QDM regulations. Those proposed guidelines are also available on the DNR website.
The DNR is committed to the conservation, protection, management, use and enjoyment of the state's natural resources for current and future generations.