State Biologists Discuss Deer Decline in October Issue of North American Whitetail

MARIETTA, Ga. (September 23, 2014) — Is the white-tailed deer population shrinking in some regions? If so, why? What are state agency deer managers doing to keep herds healthy and hunters happy? In the October issue of North American Whitetail magazine, deer biologists from key states across the U.S. tackle these three tough questions in their own words.

North American Whitetail October Issue Now on Sale
North American Whitetail October Issue Now on Sale

“We all know the whitetail population is down somewhat from a decade ago,” says Gordon Whittington, the magazine’s editor in chief and a whitetail hunter for over 50 years. “What we wanted to do with this special report is to try to explain what caused it and what, if anything, we hunters and land managers need to do about it.”

This feature is the second installment in “Whitetails at the Crossroads,” an in-depth series aimed at answering many of the questions deer hunters and land managers have about the current state of the herd. With a recent blitz of challenges facing whitetails — everything from viral diseases to new predators to extreme weather patterns and sudden habitat changes — the species clearly is at a key juncture in its modern history.

“Hunters and land managers want sound information to help them take better care of the whitetail resource,” Whittington notes. “To find out what’s happening, and why, we went straight to the people in charge of managing our herds. As the series progresses, we’ll be looking at the specifics of how the public can help work toward a healthier herd and better hunting in the future. Managing whitetails is always going to be a challenge, but with solid information it’s much easier.”

At 168 pages, this is the largest October issue in the 33-year history of North American Whitetail. There are 17 full feature articles, many with a heavy focus on “how to” information to help archers and gun hunters alike fill tags this fall. Also included are exciting profiles of huge whitetails taken last season in New York, Kansas, Iowa, Kentucky, Texas and Wisconsin. It’s a jam-packed issue sure to remind readers why North American Whitetail rightly bills itself as “the magazine devoted to the serious trophy deer hunter.”


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