Selected Articles from our
The C.A.S.H. Courier
ARTICLE from the Fall 2006 Issue
WHAT WE’VE BEEN UP TO:
It is appropriate that hunters and landowners share the liability of
innocent people being killed or injured.
The sad truth is that wildlife management agencies have been putting
out a lie to the public that they MUST reduce the deer herd, when in
fact it is wildlife management that causes a higher population of deer
than would normally exist.
What they are trying to provide is sport hunting. They do that
because they get their income from bullets and arrows and firearms and
bows. They call the disgraceful killing of wildlife “recreation”, but we
call it “wreck creation.” We trust that it will be illegal one day, and
we hope that the farce of wildlife management is exposed for all to see.
Those who hunt have deluded themselves into believing that they are
doing something good for nature, but to the game agencies they are
customers whose license fees pay the salaries of game managers, and
whose bullets pay for hunting opportunity and lobbying efforts.
This nightmare for the animals, the human victims and potential
victims must end with a change of political will. Please see our website
at: www.all-creatures.org/cash and link to “accidents.” Yes, landowners
who allow hunters on their property, thus endangering neighbors and
others should be liable, and those who profit from hunters on their
property should be doubly liable.
Anne Muller, President
C.A.S.H. – Committee to Abolish Sport Hunting
New Paltz, NY 12561 845-256-1400
Dueling Ads: Wildlife Watch
Wildlife Watch And The Quality Deer Management Association Spar:
Wildlife Watch Wins!
When the QDMA ad first appeared in local papers in our area, we
responded with our ad. After our ad was published, QDMA discontinued
advertising. Over the years we’ve learned that it is the positive
alternative that will win the day.
In the past, we’ve had articles about two pro-hunting factions: the
Quality and Quantity Deer Hunters. When we attended a town meeting in
the Catskill Region where the two alternatives were being debated, we
offered a third alternative of NO HUNTING, and were met with the usual
combination of blank stares and rage from the people who profit from
hunting. At that time, we hadn’t taken it beyond simply “no hunting”
to Wildlife Watching.
Text Reads: The Hudson Valley Branch (Ulster & Dutchess Counties) of the
Quality Deer Management Association (QDMA) provides funds and education
for you. QDMA’s philosophy is: 1. Herd Management; 2. Habitat Management
3. Hunter Management 4. Herd Monitoring. It can work for you! … www.qdma.com “
Managing today for a
better tomorrow” [Huh?]
C.A.S.H. countered with the following ad:
Text Reads: If you would like us to work with you to help set up a
wildlife watching business, please contact us. Keep gun-toters off your
property – we’ll help post.
Understanding Quantity vs. Quality Deer Hunting
Traditional deer management prefers to skew the deer population in
favor of females, allowing for a bumper crop of deer for the following
hunting season. They manage for a high population in several ways, but
one way is to allow the killing of bucks. On page 22 of the NYS Hunting
and Trapping Regulations Guide 2006-2007, the DEC is clearly getting
into management for Quality Deer hunting. They manage for deer with big
antlers this way:
Bucks taken in certain regions must have at least one antler with 3
points or more that are at least on inch long. Hunters under 17 are
exempt from the 3 point requirement.
They are trying to provide trophy heads. They began the restrictions
last year in 2005 and claim that buck harvests were down 65%. They think
that the numbers will return to normal as older bucks increase and can
Note that this management technique encourages taking young people
hunting so a younger buck can be shot. Also, hooking the youth is key to
keeping the carnage going. Quantity deer hunters will either be taking
does, or fawns of either sex. In general QDM will reduce he population
at least temporarily which will leave the quantity hunters not terribly
happy as they want to kill as many deer as they can. It can also be
argued that it may leave the few subsistence hunters without food.
For more detail about Quantity and Quality deer hunting, please see