Miami Allows Bow Deer Hunting in Natural Areas – The Oxford Observer

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Deer overcrowding has become a problem in the Oxford ecosystem. Deer like this are frequent sightings on the Miami campus.

The University of Miami Natural Areas Commission proposed Controlled bow chase In tree stands to manage deer overpopulation on 1,000 acres of university forest land.

The proposal would allow hunting from November 15 until deer season ends on February 5. The trails will remain open while fishing. The proposal was revealed at a public Zoom meeting on May 5.

Research by faculty and students in natural areas since 2010 has shown a decrease in the number of tree seedlings, saplings and wildflowers, as well as less diversity in species, according to David Gorchoff, panel chair and professor of biology. The commission identified deer as a major source of damage.

“The reason seedlings and saplings are so important is because they are the canopy trees of the future,” Gorchov said.

Hunters will be required to complete an Ohio Hunter course, follow state shooting requirements, and receive a letter of approval from the Natural Area Manager. The bag limit in Butler County is three elk, including a maximum antler.

Tree stand is permitted in areas of lesser use for reserves, including south of Collins Run Creek in Western Woods, the eastern portion of Bachelor Preserve, Reinhart Preserve, and the walled land around WRA Cabin, also as the land surrounding the Environmental Research Center.

This map shows the various hiking trails within the University of Miami landscape. Presented by the University of Miami

“We don’t want there to be any risks to anyone using the trails,” Gorchov said. “If the hunter sinned, [the arrow] It goes straight to the ground, so there is no danger to people, dogs and other animals.”

Signs will be placed at trailheads to notify guests of the hunting season. Existing rules for staying on the tracks will remain in effect, but no further safety precautions will be required, according to Gorchov.

“There is no reason to wear bright orange clothes or anything else,” Gorchov said. “The hunters will not be near the tracks.”

Hunters are encouraged to pursue (a female deer) rather than dollars (a male deer with antlers). This is because the number of newborns depends more on the amount of reproduction than dollars, and the behavior of females differs from that of wandering males, according to Gorshoff.

“Things are more regional,” Gorchov said. “We are focused on minimizing damage to local deer.”

Gorchoff said the group has been discussing ideas for managing deer populations for more than a year.

Author Thomas E Peterson Master’s Thesis From 2018 it was estimated that in the Miami Natural and Houston Woods, there were 24 deer per square mile in the spring and 16 deer per square mile in the summer. He found most deer in the Bachelor’s Sanctuary in Miami and the Western Forest, with 46 and 35 deer per square mile in spring, respectively.

natural areas Deer management website References Study 2003 which states that more than 21 deer per square mile can cause environmental degradation.

The commission’s interest in tree regeneration increased with the loss of ash trees as the invasive emerald ash borer spread from southeastern Michigan to western Ohio in 2010.

The Natural Areas Committee will later make efforts to control invasive species of shrubs, including honeysuckle. Although tree seedlings grow best away from honeysuckle, these shrubs currently protect native plants from browsing deer, according to Gorchov.

Deer activity and population will be monitored using tracking cameras, fecal pellet count, and seedling growth.

The proposed plan will be reviewed by the university administration. Comments about the plan may be sent to [email protected].

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