Bluffland Whitetails Association (BWA) believes that improved deer management practices, based upon sound scientific research by wildlife professionals, can produce a healthy, balanced deer herd without reducing hunter opportunities. BWA is not a “trophy deer” or “quality deer management” organization. A balanced deer herd will benefit hunters, landowners and the public and ensure a brighter future for whitetails and whitetail-related recreation.
Balanced Deer Management
The goal of modern wildlife management is to manage wildlife resources for the greatest benefit of the public and to ensure the continuation of each species. With white-tailed deer, management that strives for a balanced deer herd is the best means to achieve this goal. A balanced deer herd is one in which there is a biologically sound balance within:
- The buck-to-doe ratio
- The age structure of the deer herd
- The deer population and existing habitat
Deer hunting is steeped in tradition, yet it need not be stuck in the past. In recent years, wildlife researchers have made significant discoveries about whitetail behavior. These advances in knowledge area helping to shape improved management practices. BWA serves as a clearinghouse of white-tailed deer management knowledge, including the latest research findings from throughout the nation.
Management strategies also must take into consideration balancing the interests of hunters, landowners and the public. White-tailed deer, like all fish and wildlife, are a valued public resource. Their management should remain in the hands of the public wildlife managers, whose responsibility it is to serve the best interests of all citizens, versus the private interests of a select few.
Continuous improvements in whitetail management practices can best be attained through a strong commitment of supporting scientific research by trained wildlife professionals. BWA supports increased research to bring advances in the science of whitetail management and in the use of balanced deer herd management practices.