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Dear Florida Hunter:



A large-scale multi-year project that will shape the future of deer management and deer hunting in Florida has been initiated. This project, as outlined in the Strategic Plan for Deer Management in Florida, is based on Deer Management Units (DMUs). DMUs are sub-units of our hunting zones, and will be the scale for gathering information, including harvest data, at the local level in order to track deer population trends. In addition, DMUs will be used to tailor deer management to stakeholder (e.g., hunters, farmers, motorists, homeowners, foresters, etc.) needs and desires for changes in deer management in each DMU. Depending upon the objectives identified through this process of gathering public input and having stakeholder representatives work with each other and with FWC staff, recommendations for changes to policies or hunting regulations may result. A few examples of rules or regulations that may change for any given DMU include but are not limited to the following: antlerless deer opportunities, antler restrictions, and bag limits. It is important to understand that input from the public (within sustainable deer population limits) would be the reason FWC staff would recommend change, and, at this point, no change is also an equally likely outcome.



FWC has contracted with renowned natural resource survey company, Responsive Management, and they have begun conducting phone surveys of hunters, farmers and the general public to get opinions and attitudes regarding deer and deer management throughout Florida. If you are called and asked to participate in this survey, please take the time to do so as it has important implications for deer management and deer hunting in Florida. If you would like more information regarding DMUs you may go to our website at www.myfwc.com/hunting/by-species/deer/dmu. Following the completion of the survey, we will be piloting the DMU implementation process in Zone D (Figure 1) by holding public meetings (to be announced) to present and discuss the hunter, farmer, and general public survey results and to identify key stakeholders to be a part of the Zone D DMU Technical Assistance Group. If you would like to stay up to date and engaged in this process please check back to the website frequently or you may subscribe to our e-mail list by clicking here. If you have questions regarding this e-mail please direct them to [email protected].



Thank you in advance for helping to improve the management of white-tailed deer for all of the users of this resource in the Sunshine State!







Figure 1. Draft Deer Management Units (DMU) for Zone D where DMU implementation will be piloted before statewide implementation.
 

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Yepper....got it. put my name on their junk mail list!
 

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I got it. I am actually torn whether or not to return the survey. On the one hand, I would love better management. On the other, I am cynical that the survey will only result in hardship for hunters....like the goofballs who run the Gulf.
 

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I got it. I am actually torn whether or not to return the survey. On the one hand, I would love better management. On the other, I am cynical that the survey will only result in hardship for hunters....like the goofballs who run the Gulf.
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if we dont speak then we will never be heard....
it would be nice if they had a website and posted a live % count survey board on the answers to the questions they ask. Secured site needind voters reg # and we would overflood the number of responses to thier site in a positive way for the recreational hunter
 

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Guys I work for the FWC up at the Hutton Unit in Blackwater. I have heard quite a bit about this survey and I am all for it. I suggest that if you hunt in Florida and buy a liscence go ahead and take the survey. If this all works out I believe it will give the biologists who manage each WMA more freedom as to how the rules and regulations should be the area they manage instead of rules being based on an entire region. The FWC reacts to public opinion and if enough hunters voice their concerns thats how things get changed. I know that alot of hunters would like to see more of Blackwater opened to does thoughout the season and at the same time have some the smaller bucks protected. If thats what you want you need to take the time to answer the surveys and voice your own opinions. Just my opinion.
 
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