Welcome to 'Deerland': A new book explores the relationship between Americans and deer

  • Article by: William Souder , Special to the Star Tribune
  • Updated: October 31, 2013 - 6:17 PM

In a new book, Wisconsin writer and hunter Al Cambronne investigates the complicated relationship between Americans and a massive population of whitetail deer.

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juliahomerNov. 1, 13 6:53 AM

Great article on a fascinating topic. Don't forget about the damage deer do to landscapes--in New England, at least, deer have stripped the understory vegetation of many forests, driving away many species of songbirds. The only workable solution to deer overpopulation is hunting, but hunters much prefer to shoot bucks, which doesn't help reduce the population. As the author rightly says, it's complicated.

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Q_bertNov. 1, 13 8:27 AM

I would love to start hunting deer, but I wasn't raised doing it. It seems overwhelming to try to just start doing it. Maybe next year...

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klobuchartzNov. 1, 13 1:22 PM

"From a total population of only 300,000 a century ago, U.S. deer numbers have swollen to 30,000,000." During that same time period human US Population has exploded from 80,000,000 to over 320,000,000 but nobody is talking about the degrading affects of human population growth. I'd say we have a bigger problem with human growth than with the deer population.

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rjgronesNov. 1, 13 1:53 PM

re: "nobody is talking about the degrading affects of human population growth." -- Good point. Humans are forever *above* any fray, relative to their pressing *concerns* regarding "animals"..

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harriswillysNov. 1, 1310:46 PM

I can't claim myself as a dedicated hunter, though I spent many seasons pursuing feral hogs in Texas, the result was some of the best eating pork ever. It sounds as though deer in the North are not far gone from those feral hogs, verging on pests. I'll have to look up the book, and maybe buy a deer tag. Y'all don't have feral hogs in Minnesota, do you?

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actualreaderNov. 6, 13 1:12 AM

The DNR provides gun-handling and safety clinics for beginning hunters, as well as classes on the whitetail species and opportunities to try activities through "Become an Outdoors Woman" -- don't know if your class would have to be "Become an Outdoors Woman -- With an Extra Man." I've said it before here -- if there could be some way to make it legal for a hunter to shoot a doe or yearling and I could pay for the venison I'd be thrilled to do that. It may be one of the only ways we can encourage dwindling numbers of hunters take an extra doe or young buck.

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