12-14-2015 - Meeting Minutes

Fairfield County Municipal Deer Management Alliance

Minutes – December 14, 2015

Wilton Town Hall

The meeting was called to order by Chairman Streit at 10:40am.

The following board members were in attendance:

Dave Streit, Redding – Chairman

Russ Cornelius, Brookfield                                  

Tom and Laurie McGrath, Darien

Theresa Gallagher, Shelton

Thomas Lombardo, Stamford

Colin Kelly, Westport

Minutes of the October meeting were approved.

Russ Cornelius (Brookfield) reported that despite the new Sunday Hunting law now in effect, so far in 2015, deer hunt numbers are way down from previous years.

Compare this year's deer harvest numbers here:
http://www.ct.gov/deep/lib/deep/hunting_trapping/pdf_files/reportedharvest2015.pdf

With the year 2014 here:  
http://www.ct.gov/deep/lib/deep/wildlife/pdf_files/game/deersum2014.pdf

With just weeks to go in the current hunting season and only 7700 deer harvested, it seems unlikely that the 3-year historical average of 12,956 deer will be harvested.

The thought of merging the FCMDMA with the HVCEO Tick-Borne Illness group is currently on hold.  An informal coordination of initiatives is probably sufficient to promote our mission.

Theresa Gallagher (Shelton) shared a copy of the Deer Committee Report she had prepared last year.  Action on the report is currently in a stall with the town elected officials.

Theresa will share information at the Fairfield County Regional Conservation Committee meeting and will be working on contacting persons in Trumbull.

Tom and Laurie McGrath (Darien) – A second “letter to the editor” has been submitted.   There have been fewer bowhunter inquiries this year, but they are assuming that previous bowhunter/land owner pairs are in place.

A Springfield, MA hunter has been in contact and is interested in learning from our Alliance to begin a similar program in his area.

Colin Kelly (Westport) – No issues to report.

Tom Lombardo (Stamford) – No issues to report.   Tom will contact friend and First Selectman, Bob Mallozi, Jr. in New Canaan to encourage deer management efforts in New Canaan.

Dave Streit (Redding) –  Julia Pemberton doing a very good job with deer management in Redding.

Hunters remain opposed to deer reduction

Sunday hunting is having little impact on harvest totals.

Additional Discussion

Discussion followed concerning the need to appoint a Treasurer to replace Pat Sesto.  All suggestions/nominations are welcomed.

Informal discussion was shared related to the current “mast acorn year”.  This is having an effect on deer feeding habits.

 Also, Dave encouraged everyone to keep up all the efforts to inform community members of the necessity of managing the deer population; direct contact with individuals and groups as well as written letters to the editors and published articles are effective.

Dave recommended checking the U.K. Daily Mail website for Lyme disease articles.   They are a terrific source for understanding the scope of that health issue.

Two motions were proposed from the floor

Motion to schedule Alliance meetings for

            June 13, 2016

            December 12, 2016

Motion to reimburse the Chairman $2000 for attorney associated with defending the Alliance at an FOI hearing.

 

Both motions carried.

 

Meeting adjourned at 11:42.

Respectfully submitted,   Laurie McGrath