A look from an Outsider
Hunters moan when there are less deer. Hunters are happy when there are a lot of deer. The rest of society, the majority, won't suffer too many deer. It's a fine balance for the professionals and state officials.
Pa in the warm years, saw an increase in deer. It, like a lot of other states, would see it end. Back in the 70's Pa and a lot of northern states didn't have a deer problem. There was a good harvest, if less, for the size of the deer population and the weather was cold in the winter, which in that way harvested deer.
So States had a deer reduction, the human population gained more weight, and the treks in the woods are getting less hunters.
Of course, wall to wall trees, with bigger and bigger canopies overhead, see less deer. Been happening in one area of Georgia for years. Show me a place with little or no tree harvesting, and I'll show you a place with few deer.
For awhile it was to preserve trees. In the last ten years, the recession and the changing economy have greatly affected tree harvesting.
Some twenty five years ago, I had a lease ticket for some varied timber company land to hunt. Like a lot of good things it ended. The timber company sold off all its land in that state. It saw its forest product was decreasing in sales. It was time to get out of the timber business in the state.
And what was the product the timber was used for?
Newspaper paper. And when's the last time I read a newspaper ! I read a PA paper in a on the internet. Just the obituary page. Many are long gone for me to read anything else.
The deer herd might not be too good. Well the timber industry isn't too good either.