Among the pitfalls of adding a dollar value to deer is the threat of increased poaching. Just take a look at the headlines as giant bucks get picked off with ever-increasing frequency each fall. It's not a stretch to see the same thing happen to does if you start hanging virtual price tags from their ears. Still, there's little threat that whitetails will ever go the way of the passenger pigeon, which was gunned to extinction by market hunters in the early part of the last century. Any plans for commercial harvest would be tightly regulated, utilizing specially licensed shooters to cull populations of problem deer. As Sterba points out in his article, this wouldn't be the end-all to over-population and wouldn't replace hunting as a means to manage deer herds, but it would give wildlife biologists another tool to manage herds, particularly in problem areas.