We're an organization working at
Saving Maine's White-tail Deer Population by
"Saving One Deer at a Time."

AROOSTOOK COUNTY CONSERVATION ASSOCIATION (ACCA)

Our mission and purpose is to "preserve, protect, and enhance the whitetail deer herd in Aroostook County." We strive to enhance wildlife and fisheries habitat, to encourage the wise use of these resources, and encourage landowner partnerships to accomplish these goals. We will educate and encourage youth by providing them with experiences to assist in wildlife and fisheries conservation and management and to promote sporting opportunities for future generations. We work with government agencies, commercial and private landowners, businesses and individuals with management efforts on predator control and winter survival efforts on whitetail deer, moose, and other wildlife.

Traditional deer yarding areas in Aroostook County are showing loses of 65-85%. Therefore, our initial efforts are focusing on establishing food plots for whitetail deer, which will also attract and support a variety of wildlife species. These food plots will enhance existing habitat by caloric intake prior to the long winter season.

THE ULTIMATE FOOD PLOT

You can make any piece of deer habitat better. Even small efforts made in improving the quality of food available will be rewarded. First, better nutrition, even on a small scale, will promote a healthier herd. In areas that lack adequate food, such an effort can make a big difference. But, even in the richest farm country where deer are never hungry for long, a well-chosen and well-situated food plot can attract and hold deer.

Food plots are pivotal to most deer management plans. but, simply scratching the earth and throwing out a little seed isn't going to produce fat deer or more fawns. We should first realize that forage quality is site-specific and directly correlates to soil and climate. Always remember two important aspects of deer nutrition: There is no such thing as a quick solution, and no single plant can provide quality forage everywhere or during all times of the year.

BALANCES IS THE KEY

Ideally, you will be able to plant a variety of foods that deer prefer at different times of the year so that there is always something attractive on their plate. Without adequate acreage the deer will wipe out each seasonal planting before it even has chance to produce benefits. The most important point to remember regarding food plots is that SUPPLEMENTAL FOODS ARE NOT A MEANS TO REPLACE FEEDING. They are designed to even out the nutritional deficiencies of an area throughout the year. Generally there are two major stress periods for deer: winter and late summer. Northern hunters would best be advised to address the winter stress period for their management plan. Suffice it to say that most of us will never be able to do everything we would like to do to improve nutrition, so we need to set some realistic goals and scale our plans accordingly. Planning and planting one or two small food plots - about five-acres total - every year is a realistic starting point.

ACCA

In order to implement our plans or have any political influence we need members. Your membership dues help us pay for the administrative costs of running the organizations and educating the public. Additionally, there are many projects with which you can help. Interested? You can contact us at:
ACCA
41 Hedman Rd.
New Sweden, ME 04762
or
call our President, Jerry McLaughlin
207.896.3140 or 207.592.2516


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