Gulfcapt, here's the analysis:
In terms of numbers I've seen six does on this small public property, and two bucks.
In fact, I passed on one of them the first day I was out in October (a nice six pointer, 140 lbs or so), because I saw him sparring with a much bigger buck while scouting the night before. (I also saw eight turkeys this day within bow range, but that's another story).
The very next morning I'm back out specifically going after the bigger buck, and to my left comes the dreaded sound of a coyote pack killing a small animal (not sure what it was, but it was am awful sound). I had a visual on the coyotes as they were jumping up and down on it way out of bow range.
While this was going on what do I see get out of bed 70 yards to the NW? You guessed it, the bigger buck. He's looking over his shoulder wondering where the coyotes are going. He looks at the trail that would have led him straight to me, and the prairie grass beyond. As bad luck would have it he goes the way of yonder prairie grass.
You are absolutely correct I hunt deer for a multitude of reasons that include all the things you said. However, I'm not worried about the negative effects of deer, but it is part of the situation...part of the equation.
(Come to think it of it though, I've had a few close calls with deer running out in front of me while driving.)
(Along these lines) as a law abiding hunter and citizen; I therefore, am a part of deer management as legislated by the state of Indiana. Heck, arent we all when we hunt legally?
I do understand where you're coming from though, and I respect your opinion. I would like to see more deer!
My hunting log will show the coyote numbers are up this year (at least on the aforementioned property).
As part of my management plan I'm going to try reducing their numbers some (inline with the regulations, of course).