Senator David Burns (R-Washington County) sponsored a bill to require deer hunters to only shoot bucks with a minimum antler size. Other states have done this and there’s even a group of hunters in Maine who have been advocating for it for many years.
But we’ll never have it because the wildlife biologists at the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife are strongly opposed. Gerry Lavigne, during his many years as DIF&W’s deer biologist, felt it would be a mistake, and nothing has changed since Gerry’s retirement a few years ago.
At the public hearing on Senator Burns’ bill this year, Judy Camuso, DIF&W’s Wildlife Division Director, delivered the agency’s testimony in opposition to the bill. Judy provided an excellent explanation of why the department believes antler restrictions would be a mistake. Here is her testimony.