Combination of factors have led to low deer numbers December 25, 2014 Virginia

Virginia Deer Population, Management News and Information Archive 
... The goal of increasing the antlerless-deer harvest, especially on private lands, was to lower the deer herd. It appears to be working. Knox [deer project coordinator] also ... an outbreak of hemorrhagic disease. HD is spread by tiny, biting flies often referred to as no-see-ums or sand gnats, with outbreaks generally occurring between late August and early October, or until the first frost...

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