Am I being an alarmist? Perhaps, a little. Of course, whitetail populations are dynamic and this year's bust could be next year's boom. But, with stakes like these, I can't but help sound the call. For the past few years we have been getting "where are all the deer?" reports from all over whitetail country. One year it's EHD, the next bad weather, or declining habitat, or too many antlerless permits issued. Each year it's something, but the net-net is the same -- fewer deer and less success by deer hunters. Hunters are pointing an accusatory finger at wildlife agencies, and in many cases for good reason. Hunters may be paying the freight, but agencies serve many masters (called stakeholders by the management community and bureaucrats) and some of them are happy to see deer numbers declining.