license fees and travel expenditures paid by hunters not only boost the
economy, but pay for conservation programs that provide wildlife restoration
and protection for all wildlife in
(sporting goods, ammunition, and birdseed manufacturers, as well as lodge,
motel, restaurant, and convenience store owners) are dependent on people
viewing, photographing, or hunting wildlife. Wildlife enriches our lives.
Opportunities to participate in wildlife-related recreational activities
improve the quality of life in
What is Wildlife Management?
People can assist wildlife by creating habitat that better meets certain species’ needs. Habitat also can be restored (e.g., planting native trees in a harvested forest). Anything done to help wildlife can be called wildlife management, but a formal definition is the application of scientific knowledge and technical skills to protect, conserve, limit, enhance, or create wildlife habitat. Wildlife management also includes implementing laws regulating the use, kinds, and amounts of wildlife people can harvest. Laws that protect existing habitat are also wildlife management tools.
Wildlife biologists (professional managers) use carefully collected information to manage wildlife populations to achieve a variety of recreational and aesthetic benefits for people while ensuring the future of wildlife.
Prior to 1900, few laws or regulations were imposed on hunting wild animals in this country. Even species now considered nongame (non-hunted) were harvested during all seasons of the year. Market hunters harvested hundreds of thousands of animals to sell to a growing nation. They killed animals and marketed the meat for food, hides for clothing or trading, and feathers for decoration.
Laws were passed to protect wildlife from market hunting, but this was not the only problem. Settlers changed the habitat available to wildlife species. They plowed prairies, drained wetlands, and built towns. These activities, and unregulated hunting, caused drastic declines for many wildlife species. Predators, animals that hunt and kill other animals for food, (e.g., weasels, coyotes, foxes, wolves) were shot on sight and considered vermin because they were perceived as a threat to domestic sheep, chickens, or cattle as well as game animals.
Many game populations continued to suffer, so managers tried to supplement them with animals raised in captivity, but this didn’t work either. Biologists conducted research to better understand species’ needs and realized habitat was a critical factor for wildlife survival, so efforts increased to obtain and enhance habitat. Extirpated species were reintroduced.
Habitat for game species benefited many nongame (non-hunted)
animals, but specific funding for management of nongame species was not
provided until 1981 when the "Chickadee Checkoff" was placed on
Biologists now try to manage from a "landscape" perspective. This takes into consideration all plants and animals in an area, in contrast to management for a single species. Key indicator species are monitored, but the goal is to enhance the whole biological system. For example, landscape management strives to conserve an entire prairie system, complete with prairie chickens, skipper butterflies, pale purple coneflowers, and prairie rattlesnakes. PLEASE CLICK HERE TO READ MORE.
We will provide you with the guidance and assistance that you need to effectively deal with wildlife damage.
How do I get
What kind of help
can I get?
To qualify for extra deer depredation licenses or shooting permits the landowner or tenant must enter into a mutual oral or written agreement that outlines the goals and timeframe in which deer numbers will be reduced and how normal hunting practices will be used to keep deer numbers at desired levels.
DIRECTOR OF WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT
AND LEASED HUNTING
BONDED AND INSURED
My name is Bill Kron
and I am the Cedar County Historical Society(CCHS)
Director Of Wildlife Management for CCHS Farms in Cedar County Iowa. (
have been running our program for three years with great success. If your
CCHS has successfully managed their previous wildlife overpopulation and raised almost $15,000 in the last 3 years to fund CCHS projects plus benefits outlined in the following letter. Our wildlife management program is bonded and insured. Cedar County Historical Society currently has 680 acres enrolled in the wildlife and leased hunting management program. As well as being a new source of income for the Cedar County Historical Society, the surrounding landowners are pleased the CCHS is taking a responsible approach to reducing the deer and turkey numbers resulting in less crop damage.
The Iowa DNR has also partnered with our hunting lessees to help reduce the crop damage caused by excessive deer and turkey population. It has been a "win, win, win" situation for the CCHS, the leasing hunters and the surrounding landowners.
As Director for the CCHS wildlife management program, I am responsible for contracts, insurance, setting hunting dates, monies collected and all hunting lessee communications after the CCHS Agricultural Committee and total CCHS membership have approved the general plan. I also have introduced myself to all local DNR officers and have briefed them on all CCHS wildlife and leased hunting management plans. The DNR also knows at all times who has CCHS leased hunting permits to be on CCHS farm and timbered properties.
All hunting lessees of CCHS, in addition to their own personal identification must carry CCHS identification permits allowing them to be on CCHS farm property with proof of insurance.
Farmers who have leased CCHS crop ground are briefed of the situation and have been thankful of reduced crop damage. Hunting lessees are allowed and have planted food plots to further reduce wildlife crop damage.
year the hunting lessees are required to keep a written log of their hunting
activities, including kinds and
numbers of wildlife killed. This report is to be turned into the CCHS
agricultural committee for their review. The CCHS outlined wildlife
management plan has worked so well, I feel it can be used as a model for
If your Historical Society or Church Organization owns farmland and feels that the CCHS Wildlife Management Program may apply to your situation I am available to give a presentation about our model for successful management of wildlife and leased hunting at anytime with no obligation.
AGREEMENT FOR LARKIN FARM NEAR BUCHANNON
County Historical Society has announced a hunting management agreement with Mr.
Bill Kron of West Branch to offer leased hunting and day hunts on the Cedar
County Historical Society Farm known as the Larkin Farm located at
The purpose of the agreement is three fold: To control an ever growing deer and turkey depredation problem for the farm tenant and neighboring farmers, to raise revenue to be used for improvements, current and future projects, and to encourage an increase in Historical Society membership.
“I think this agreement is an important step towards helping to make more people aware of the jewel that exists at the Larkin/Bickett-Rate farm near Buchannan. For many years people have inquired about hunting opportunities out there, and this agreement should help to manage that interest in a way that is very beneficial to the neighbors and Society,” commented Sharon Voparil, chair person of the Larkin Farm Management Committee.
year, the Cedar County Historical Society Board approved allowing members in
good standing to use the property for hiking, picnicking, and mushrooming.
Members interested in visiting the property should call the
“Of course, anyone interested in joining the Historical Society can contact our office for membership information, its great time to join as lots of things are happening,” added President Sherry Snyder.
The Farm is
available for immediate leasing for all of the
December 1, 2009
RE: Trespassing And Poaching on Geller Preserve
Dear Geller Neighbor :
As you may
be aware, the Cedar County Historical Society (CCHS) has leased the Geller
Preserve property for hunting. This additional income helps our organization to
continue to promote
Recently our tenant counted multiple tree stands on the north and east property line, many obviously situated to shoot deer on Historical Society property.
In order to protect the Historical Society property and hunting lessee’s investment, we will be implementing several measures.
First; signs warning against trespassing and poaching will be placed around the perimeter of the property offering a $1000 reward for the arrest and conviction of trespassers.
Second; several live web cam security cameras and hidden trail cams will be placed in various locations throughout the property. All unauthorized persons will be turned into the Cedar County Sheriff’s office and a complaint filed. Also, theft or vandalism of these devices will be reported as well.
We at CCHS sincerely hope that we can count on your full cooperation as neighbors in respecting the laws and property boundaries.
Put poachers out of business
Poachers are thieves who are stealing our fish and wildlife resources. You, as a concerned citizen, can take an active role in helping Iowa DNR put these fish and wildlife thieves out of business. If you witness or even hear of poaching activity call the TIP HOTLINE (1-800/532-2020) and report it immediately. Or, complete our confidential Online TIP Form.
The sooner you take action the better our chances are of catching the violators.
Cedar County Historical society signs $65K contract for hunting.
Director of Wildlife Management and leased hunting for the Cedar Count Historical Society,
Bill Kron of West Branch, facilitated single-year deals for the last four years and helped CCHS
reach the new agreement.