Increased pressure on antlerless deer

The provincial government is offering 3,500 additional licenses to hunters to harvest antlerless deer next fall in Estrie. A 50% increase in females and fawns would be required in Area 6 South while this target is increased by 25% in Area 4.
C es decisions were predictable after another winter that caused little mortality and in response to the results of the first season of the experimental program on the restriction of the legal size of wood (RTLB) tested for five years in the region.

They are confirmed as the registration period for the draw supervised by Sépaq begins for the award of a total of 21,000 licenses this year in Estrie.

Thus, the number of these permits increases from 5,000 to 7,500 in zone 6 South, a territory bordered by the American border and route 116. The offer was increased by 177% in 2017 (from 1800 to 5000 permits) for adjust to the regulatory changes introduced under the RTLB project. Despite this, the harvest of hunters fell by 28% last fall in this area.

Quebec is increasing pressure on females and calves for fear that the protection of young males and the natural increase of livestock will lead to explosive growth.

Considering that deer grazing is already excessive, several farmers and a number of hunters suggested going further, with the issuance of the first slaughter permits that have become almost permanent in the comparable habitat. what is Montérégie.

Holders of a double slaughter permit can continue their season and hope to add a male to their previous harvest of a female or a fawn whereas in Estrie, the regular license of a hunter becomes invalid as soon as he has registered a deer without wood.

“In order to ensure the collection of rigorous scientific data on the impacts of a RTLB measurement in Quebec, the protocol and the different variables measured must remain stable for the duration of the experiment. The introduction of the 1st slaughter permit, in such a short time, could also cause some confusion among the customers.

“On the other hand, the 1st slaughtering permit has not shown, until now, a great efficiency to increase the harvest in the hunting zones where it is granted. On average, only 12% of hunters manage to harvest a second deer even if the densities in the areas concerned are very high “replies biologist Éric Jaccard, responsible for the management of big game in Estrie and Montérégie. .

Quebec also wants to increase the harvest of deer without deer in Zone 6 North (Richmond to Drummondville), the other experimental area of ​​the RTLB project. Achieving this goal requires increased participation by hunters, who were less than 7000 to enter the draw last year in this area while 8500 licenses were available. That’s why the offer remains the same in 2018.

Although detached from the experimental program, zone 4 (sector east to Beauce) is also experiencing an increase in its herd following three successive harsh winters. Quebec is allowing 1000 additional permits for the harvest of deer without deer in this area, which represents a 25% increase over 2017.

Registration procedures for the universal draw (mass of hunters), that reserved for landowners or specific groups that are recruits (new certified) and disabled people are detailed on the tab “draw” on the website. A fee of $ 8 is required to participate in this lottery. Stakeholders have until May 31 to register.

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