Thursday, June 10, 2010

WHITETAIL: TREASURE, TROPHY OR TROUBLE?

Whitetail deer are now the bane of some urban dwellers' lives, but I had never seen a deer in the wild until we traveled to the Rocky Mountains when I was a teenager. Although they were extinct in Iowa in early 1900's, now they are plentiful.
Elkader native Larry Stone, who farms along the Turkey River, records the history of efforts to re-establish, protect, and now to manage Iowa's deer population through various forms of hunting and harvesting.
He discusses all aspects of their presence, from diseases and poaching, to damage they cause to crops, gardens, and vehicles. But they are potentially a financial advantage to farmers, merchants, and state coffers, not to mention an esthetic pleasure to many animal lovers.
Beautiful photographs by Roland resident Roger Hill enhance the text.

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