The total burdens and costs of dealing with our exploding whitetail deer population has been unfairly placed on the shoulders of local landowners. Landowners must suffer the crop damage; landowners must apply to the MNR for nuisance deer removal permits; landowners must prove that the damage is substantial; landowners must arrange for the hunters, and last but certainly not least – landowners may be liable for accidents that occur on their property.
It doesn’t have to be like this. By entering an agreement with Upper Canada Outfitters, landowners can bring deer/crop predation to acceptable levels and earn cash to offset the remaining damage.
By entering an agreement with Upper Canada Outfitters, landowners reduce their exposure to liability, and, take comfort with the fact that the wildlife on their land is being managed by an enterprise that is totally dependant upon one goal: that whitetail deer be hunted in a fashion that is mutually beneficial to landowner, hunter and outfitter.
Whitetail deer are an integral part of our eco-system provided that their numbers are balanced and the herds remain disease-free. Research conducted in the United States has demonstrated that allowing the deer population to proliferate by restricting doe hunting, places detrimental stresses on deer herds.
Some of the results of this “shoot only bucks” bias are:
- Killing young bucks reduces the gene pool
- Increased breeding season stresses are placed on mature bucks which lowers their winter survival rates
- Deer herds have an increased susceptibility to disease
- Starvation and extensive crop damage result as deer compete for limited food resources
Ideally, the doe – buck ratio should be somewhere between 1:1 and 3:1. In many places in Eastern Ontario the ratio is 5:1 or even higher.
We are members of the Quality Deer Management Association – Canada, an organization that promotes principles of deer herd management that have withstood the tests of time and scientific scrutiny. The basic premise is simple: achieve a balanced deer population.
We offer landowners two different arrangements:
- Within ˝ hour from Alexandria, Upper Canada Outfitters will provide hunters with accommodation and drop-off / pick-up at their daily hunting sites on the various farms.
- Landowners outside of that half-hour radius may accommodate hunters in their homes provided that certain criteria are satisfied.
The landowner compensation provisions of the lease will depend on things such as deer population, site potential, doe/buck ratio, site yield, and whether the landowner provides accommodation.
Regardless of the type of lease, we must undertake a survey of your land to determine it’s suitability as a hunting site.
The Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act (FWCA) permits you to nominate someone as your agent to remove the nuisance deer.
Contact us. As a service to Landowners, we will assist you through the process of acquiring the removal permits and we will act as your agents to remove the nuisance deer. This is a service that Jim and I will undertake at no charge – if we can’t do the removals ourselves, we will arrange for trustworthy local hunters to hep you out.
What about liability?
Our land-use Agreements with individual Landowners make the hunting lease conditional upon Upper Canada Outfitters providing signed waivers that hold Landowners blameless for accidents and injuries that occur on their property. Each individual hunter must also sign a similar waiver. In addition, we carry substantial public liability insurance that would protect ourselves and our clients in the unlikely event of a mishap.