My granddaughter, Kathryn Rose, aka, “Katy Rose” strode into my office with a swagger reminiscent of John Wayne. “Papo, it’s time for me to shoot a deer. Both my brothers and my two cousins have been hunting with you for a while and have shot deer. Now, I want to shoot a deer!” I suspect my chest swelled a bit at those words. Katy Rose had hunted with me in the past, but primarily as an observer. She had also shot a variety of guns at the local…

We’ve “traveled” a long way when it comes to deer management, be it quality deer management, trophy management or simply trying to keep deer populations in tune with what the habitat can sustain on a daily basis without having an adverse effect.   I even remember a time when the taking of does was taboo throughout much of the whitetail deer’s range. It wasn’t that many years ago.   As we progressed in deer management we’ve also come up with such terms as “management buck” to describe certain…