We recently had the honor of working with Outdoor Life Magazine in creating the illustrations for, “The Deer Depression,” article in their September 2011 issue. Dr. Grant Woods is a widely respected wildlife biologist whose work sends him around the country. He assesses the health of Deer Country from three different altitudes: the “satellite view,” which is a broad look at the macroscopic trends across entire regions; the “helicopter view,” which can evaluate conditions on a specific property; and his “shoelace view” from the ground.
While some deer hunters believe to have never had it so good — with multiple doe tags and giant bucks — a number of leading indicators: coyotes, mountain lions, and commodity prices chewing up deer habitats, suggest whitetail deer numbers are heading towards a decline. Dr. Woods and other leading biologists are seeking more active deer management, aggressive predator control, better disease monitoring, more focused habitat conservation and more proactive population assessment to help solve the “Deer Depression.” See the entire spread from Outdoor Life Magazine below.