2017 Mississippi Deer Forecast
September 21, 2017
In analyzing the white-tailed deer herd in the Magnolia State, many wonder whether the "glass is half-full or half-empty," because when it comes to the state's deer population, the tendency for people to see the same situation in different ways has never been more prevalent.
An optimist says the glass is half-full, while a pessimist says the glass is half-empty. A realist says the glass contains half the required amount of liquid for it to overflow, but a cynic wonders who drank the other half.
Even discussions with biologists across the state show that concerns and opinions are as varied as individuals. However, every biologist shared one concern: the importance and need to implement a white-tailed deer reporting/tagging system for the Magnolia State. Without the data that a reporting system provides, state biologists are left to extrapolate the numbers from the Deer Management Assistance Program (DMAP) and wildlife management areas to come up with their best guesses as to the current condition of the state's deer herd in order to make recommendations.