As autumn draws near, sportsmen throughout the East are turning their attention to the majestic whitetail deer. And this year, as in the past few, they should be in store for some awesome hunting opportunities. Although some northern states are seeing lower numbers in places as a result of winter mortality, whitetails are thriving in much of the region. As a result, wildlife officials have maintained or expanded doe-hunting opportunities in many areas in an effort to reduce deer numbers. Some states also look for their buck harvests to increase this year, which is even more exciting news.