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2020 State of the Whitetail Report

Crunching the numbers on North America's most important game species

2020 State of the Whitetail Report
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One of the best things about being a wildlife-management consultant is the constant feedback I receive from hunters across the whitetail’s range.

I’m afforded the advantage of knowing almost instantly how deer herds are responding to state regulations and management efforts. If there’s one thing I’ve learned about hunters over the last 20-plus years, it’s that they don’t like being told how they should hunt and manage deer. If you want to change how hunters make management decisions (through trigger-finger management) you must EDUCATE them first and NEVER force-feed them regulations, or they will regurgitate it immediately. Successful state wildlife agencies recognize this.

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