The causes offered up by officials are many and varied including recent severe winters, disease, tough hunting conditions, intentional herd reduction, and fewer doe tags. Seldom do you hear anything about habitat and hunter-access loss, declining hunter interest, and mismanagement of the habitat and the deer herd, but it’s talked about plenty in deer stakeholder circles. In fact, last year’s QDMA Deer Summit identified many of these factors as threats to the future of deer hunting. Whatever the cause, the handwriting is on the wall—we can no longer take deer hunting for granted. Hunters are beginning to get more than a little upset.