From insurance agencies to average citizens to the deer farming industry, the ability to manage deer herds is continually being strained, and the next generation of managers must figure out how to manage deer in a way that’s beneficial to the public resource and acceptable to its constituents. As important as science is to deer, management must take a common sense approach.
Deer managers also are concerned about hunter recruitment. Although recent statistics documented a slight increase in United States hunter numbers, that might not be the case in Virginia, according to Matt Knox of the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries.
According to Knox and his…