Deer Herd and Harvest Declines in Virginia
The '09-'10 deer harvest was down by 11% in Virginia and wildlife officials are trying to determine the cause of the population decrease. NECN.com is running an article on the current state of the whitetail herd and what potentially could have caused the declines seen by hunters across the state.
The department has been "watching this trend for about a decade," Lafon says, and has identified several factors that may be affecting herd size. "All these factors interact and it's hard to say if one is more important than the other."