Three dozen outdoor leaders spent December 13, 2010 at the Augusta conference center of the Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine to help create recommendations to rebuild and sustain a large deer herd throughout the state. The group gathered at the invitation of Senator David Trahan. I organized and facilitated the meeting.
Dave and I continued to work on the plan, gathering ideas over the next two months, and created what was called the Trahan/Smith Deer plan. The plan was consistent with the recommendations of DIF&W’s Deer Task Force, issued in December of 2007, and DIF&W’s Deer Predation Working Group, issued in January of 2009. Dave and I recognized and applauded their work while noting that our plan proposed a much more aggressive effort in all areas and a greater emphasis on some elements.