I was somewhat skeptical when I first researched this story. After talking to Nancy Dodge, I think it’s pretty ingenious idea. It’s no secret that controlling deer herds in urban and suburban areas is difficult, and communities either have to be willing to lift restrictions and/or think outside the box to let hunters do the work. Or pay big money to solve their problem professionally. Obviously, buying deer tails is not a good (or even viable) approach in most places, and it could have disastrous effects in some. But in this case, a community came together, discovered a clever way to encourage hunters to kill more deer, and paid for it themselves. So, I say hats off to Block Island. And if you’re a flyfisherman needing material for hoppers or bucktails, have I got a source for you.