The comeback of the whitetail deer is both the best and the worst thing to happen to hunting in my lifetime. First, the good: I grew up in a time when if you saw a deer, you told people about it. Now there are whitetails everywhere, and lots of people hunting them. About 75% of all license holders hunt deer, according to a recent National Shooting Sports Foundation report. Without deer, we wouldn't have anywhere near the number of hunters left in the U.S. that we have today. Without deer, Field & Stream would have to change its name to Stream. I would need to find a real job.* Also, deer taste good, and most years it's not too hard to put one or two into my freezer.