The Future of the Whitetail Deer
The future of the whitetail hunting is very, very bright. Popularity in the sport is growing rapidly. With the recruitment of women and children, the future of hunting is very promising.
Because of this, local, regional and national whitetail conservation clubs have enrolled millions of hunters to join hands in working for the sport of hunting and the welfare of the whitetail deer.
However, this popularity isn’t without its problems. Many deer regions are being overhunted and now carry very few mature bucks. As a result, biologists are working hard to provide both quantity and quality of deer hunting in their respective states.
Despite these efforts, is the action and solidarity shown by the hunting fraternity which will have the greatest impact on the future of hunting. If you want to do your part, think about joining a reputable local or national hunting club and do your part to conserve whitetails and their habitat, and do everything possible to portray hunting to the public as something done by sensitive, responsible people.
Effects on Hunting
Hunting can have both good and bad effects on whitetails. In many regions, overhunting of bucks has not only created a genetically inferior deer herd by eliminating the mature bucks, but has also created a huge overpopulation of does.
However, when practiced properly, deer hunting can keep deer numbers in check and while strengthening the herd. Statistics prove hunting is a necessity for keeping deer numbers in check: even though deer hunters harvest 75% of the deer in America, deer numbers throughout the land are at an all-time high.
It is the responsibility of deer hunters to inform the non-hunters that they come in contact with about the positive effect of deer hunting. These benefits include crop and residential damage control by a deer herd that has grown out of the lands carrying capacity. That situation would result in disease among the herd and as well as starvation.
Large industrial complexes do not harm deer. What harms deer is the loss of habitat that these structures gobble up.
As responsible sportsman we should do our best to ensure that future structures do not remove vital acreage that is essential to the survival of the local deer herd. This is especially true of new buildings that are planned to be constructed over areas that provide winter feeding for the deer in the area.
Local hunting clubs should stay abreast of these situations and act on them if/when they arrive in their community.
Throughout history, man has been responsible for the extinction or near extinction of various animals. Today, the whitetail world is being threatened by a growing number of subdivisions.
Over the past 20 years, more and more whitetail habitat has been gobbled up by land developers in an effort to provide housing opportunities for upper income commuters who work in the city but want to live in the country.
As a result, entire tracts of timber have been completely erased and replaced with landscaped cottages. This wasn’t necessarily bad for the deer. In fact, after construction is complete, many return to their home area and find many things have changed. Perhaps the biggest change has been the availability of certain foods.
Much to the homeowners dismay, acorns and browse were replaced with sweet tasting and expensive plants such as rhododendrums, lilac bushes, flowers and vegetables.
For many of these subdivision homeowners their property has become more like a prison yard with high fences. Since yelping dogs only scared the deer initially, homeowners were faced to take higher measures.
Instead of having a negative impact on deer numbers, many of these subdivisions have seen an increase in deer numbers. For example, one large Pennsylvania subdivision where deer density had been about 20 deer per square mile before development saw that number increase tenfold to 200 deer per square mile.
Suddenly, those who strictly opposed any form of hunting in the area were changing their minds. Homeowners turned to deer hunters and hunting clubs as a resource to help get deer numbers under control.