State Representative Gary Hilliard (R-Belgrade) is our guest on the episode of Wildfire that begins airing tonight. Much of the show focused on deer, as we questioned the sharp 60 percent increase in any-deer permits issued this year by the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife.
Gary is on a working group that is partnering with DIF&W on a new deer management plan, and we spent some time exploring the key issues, including whether high populations of deer in southern Maine should be reduced, given the growing concerns about deer ticks and Lyme disease.
We also talked about what the legislature did on outdoor issues, and didn’t do, and on Gary’s successful legislation that eliminated the age limit for hunting.
Each edition of Wildlife is aired on Time Warner cable station 9 on Tuesdays at 7 pm, Thursdays at 6:30 pm, and Sundays at 9:30 am. Each edition airs for two weeks. You can also access the show, including previous shows, online at www.vstv.me.
You can also access previous episodes of Wildfire on that website.
The question posed at the end of the show, which you can answer in the Sportsmen Say Section of my website, www.georgesmithmaine.com, is: Do you think DIF&W did the right thing to expand any-deer hunting permits by 60% this year?
We posted a question on the deer/Lyme issue earlier, asking “Should the deer population be reduced in southern and central Maine to address the problem of deer ticks and Lyme disease?” 71.43% said yes, 21.43% said no, and 7.14% were not sure.