Published February 11, 2020
At January’s PDPOA Board Meeting, the board voted to create a deer population management program with the first phase being the implementation of a cull as recommended by Folk Land Management. Since that meeting, the Board has further discussed the process of implementing the program, attended an informational session, and called a special Board meeting to lay out the sequence of steps needed to implement an effective deer management program.
At this afternoon’s special meeting, the Board voted to approve implementing a deer management program that includes:
• Community education and Q&A sessions
• Collection of owner feedback
• Written goals and procedures
Over the coming months, the board will follow the prescribed steps to create and implement a deer management program including community education, collecting owner feedback, goal setting, etc. Therefore, a deer cull for this February has been postponed.
What was approved at the January 2020 board meeting?
To address the deer overpopulation issue within Palmetto Dunes, the board approved a deer management program similar to neighboring communities. We envisioned the program would consist of community education, feedback, goal setting, and operationalizing the program. The board also approved the first step of conducting a cull prior to the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (SCDNR) deadline of the end of February.
What has changed with the latest special board meeting?
The board decided to fully implement the deer management program before considering a cull. This decision was based on receiving additional information from a meeting with deer experts. They highlighted the importance of community education, feedback, and additional activities prior to making a cull or action-related decision. This approach is consistent with feedback from some owners who indicated they would like to share their thoughts on this topic prior to implementing the cull.
So, will there be a cull?
There will not be a deer cull in February 2020. Over the coming months, the board will follow the prescribed steps to create and implement a deer management program including community education, collecting owner feedback, goal setting, etc. and see where this leads us. It is expected that the board will address this topic after completing the above steps and receiving the results of the annual deer spotlight survey which will be conducted in the the September/October 2020 timeframe.
Will alternatives to a cull be considered?
We expect the deer management program will consider options which may apply within Palmetto Dunes and are consistent with SCDNR rules.