Poll: Is the “Whitetail Crash” Imminent?

There seems to be a great cry spreading over Whitetail Nation—a collective gnashing of teeth, plus the wringing of hands, and the multiplying wail of: “Where did all my deer go?!”

No question, deer numbers are down in many areas. And no doubt, the whitetail boom is dead. I know this because I wrote its obituary for our May “What’s Next” issue.

It read:

Goodbye whitetails behind every bush. You spoiled us. You changed the face of hunting. But the new era of whitetail management was bound to catch up to you. The boom is survived by P.O.’d hunters and jubilant farm bureaus.

Now (somewhat after the fact) a growing number of folks, combining the wisdom of Blood, Sweat, and Tears (“What goes up must come down…”) and Chicken Little—are howling about a whitetail crash. I have my own feelings about this, as you may be able to tell. And all joking aside, I am open to the possibility. But first, I want to know what you think.