Politics of Wildlife
Davis - a Republican - was appointed by Ohio Department of Natural Resources director Sean Logan with the approval of his boss, Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland, a Democrat.
Normally a ho-hum affair, this newest Wildlife Council appointment is sending warning signals through the Ohio outdoors circuitry. Not because Davis is either a Republican or because she's a farmer.
It is because she is in lockstep agreement with the Ohio Farm Bureau that Ohio's deer herd must be radically reduced, a point mentioned in a recent Outdoors with Frischkorn blog.
Davis supports a drop in the pre-hunting deer population of nearly 700,000 head to perhaps as few as 250,000 head. Such a drop will devastate hunting license sales and send communities that rely on the deer season for economic stimulus reeling.
It is equally surprising that Logan-Strickland have appointed a largely non-hunter/occasional angler to the Council. This has left such pro-sportsmens' organizations as the Columbus-based U.S. Sportsmens Alliance on alert status for how Davis will react - and vote - to Wildlife Division deer-management initiatives.
- Jeffrey L. Frischkorn