I think another big problem with deer mortality, that a lot of people don't take into account are vehicle mortality also. I know a few of the areas I see in my travels with work, the deer come down into the more populated areas to winter. (there is another problem, people building on winter range) And people don't look out for the deer.
I agree that Eastman's MRS had made it harder to draw tags...part of the game...
Hunting TV shows have ruined a lot of hunting too...but that is the day we live in
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If you want to see a deer decline from overhunting just look at what Iowa has done to our whitetail herd in the last 4 years.They have been slaughtering the doe hers relentlessly and now no one can figure out where all the deer went? REALLY?? I would be willing to bet that weather plays a much bigger role in mule deer decline then hunting does along with habitat loss.
Eastmans is just a resource to use to find info like any other. If people didn't pick a few things up here and there from the mag they would get it other places. I know eastmans is only one of several sources I use. The internet, forms like this one and even info found on outfitter web sites is used. I know I have scouted out places from pictures I have seen posted before as well. Don't blame Eastmans for a deer decline, at the end of the day it is fish and game that needs to set quota's and manage the population.