#5 - Disease
Whitetail diseases have been around for centuries, but in recent years a number of them have begun to hurt deer populations. Last year epizootic hemorrhagic disease (EHD) was reported in virtually every important deer state in the country, including some states that have never experienced EHD before. States like Michigan, Ohio, and Kentucky recently reported significant EHD impacts. Chronic wasting disease (CWD) is now in 22 states and spreading. CWD has been associated with captive deer but it's highly contagious and is a wild deer killer. Transporting captive deer across state lines is now illegal in most areas but it is reportedly still occurring under the cover of darkness, and contributes to the spread of disease and death of wild deer in many parts of the country.