N.S. farmers say deer are eating up their crops
Hunting organization pitches registry to help target nuisance wildlife
Some farmers in Nova Scotia say roving herds of white-tailed deer are eating them out of house and home.
Jim Bailey has a farm near Balfron. He said his soybean crop took a pounding from the hungry deer.
“The deer situation population has skyrocketed,” he said, pointing the finger at the department of natural resources. “We see it as mismanagement of the herd caused by restrictive hunting.”
Farmers used to be able to get permits to kill nuisance animals, but that’s no longer allowed.
Bailey said two provincial ministers visited his farm last year to discuss the issue.
“Nothing ever seems to happen,” he said. “It’s just frustrating to so many people that we keep reaching out, trying to gain that support and so far have been fairly unsuccessful.”
Meanwhile the Federation of Anglers and Hunters says it’s been pitching a solution to the province for a long time, but the idea is falling on deaf ears.
“We've been trying to, over the years, to encourage a registry of getting hunters and farmers together to help with nuisance wildlife," said Tony Rodgers, who speaks for the organization.
Rodgers said hunters can take two deer – one with a bow or black powder gun and one with a traditional firearm. He said if a few hunters went to one farm, it could curb the issue.
Rodgers is also suggesting that an earlier hunt, perhaps in September, would also make a difference.
“There would be reduced crop damage because you’re taking them out of that particular food plot for perhaps an additional two months.”