Deer management is the practice of taking an active role and making intentional decisions that influence a deer herd relative to specific objectives. An unmanaged deer herd will eventually reach a stable state that commonly does not correspond with people's objectives. Often this results in deer population numbers that exceed the habitat's carrying capacity for a healthy herd and may cause damage to the habitat. Thus, management is often needed to steer the deer population towards levels that are in harmony with the landowner's, or public's, objectives.
Deer management is typically described using three categories: Traditional Deer Management, Quality Deer Management, and Trophy Deer Management. We want to expand this list to five categories that we believe spans the historical and current strategies for deer management. Although there are cases where a deer management strategy clearly falls within the framework of one of these categories, many times a management plan may have characteristics of two of these deer management strategies. A great amount of information could be written to explain all the characteristics and differences between these strategies, but here is a basic review... Continue