The Quality Deer Management Association (QDMA) recently surveyed fish and wildlife agencies nationwide on a number of deer issues. One of the more important ones was the future of deer management and hunting. Here’s what professional wildlife managers listed as the top threats to whitetail deer management.
#1 – Hunter access
Professional deer managers are in universal agreement that access to good hunting land is a major threat to the future of deer hunting. Hunting properties that were once accessible with a knock on a door and a “please and thank you” are now under private lease or owned by hunters. Other lands are closed to hunters for a variety of reasons. Public land hunting ranges from so-so to terrible across most of whitetail country, which discourages many would-be deer hunters. Bottom line: Fewer places to hunt means fewer hunters.