If the local morning travel news on the Savannah television station is any indicator, road kill and accidents involving deer certainly aren't down in the Coastal Empire region of SC and Georgia. Also, it's less than 1 mile from my house to the main down town section of this little hole in the wall town I'm from, and everyday, there is at least one road killed deer in that short distance. I do use trail cameras along with personal observation to questimate the herd size on my small acreage; and even with the 8 deer I've killed and the 2 that my brother and nephew killed off of this approximately 78 acres, I still get pictures (day and night) of various groups numbering anywhere from 4 to 10 does in groups, along with pictures of 3-6 bucks. But, as I've stated, I plant plenty of food plots and have a lot of water and bedding areas on what is predominantly a pine plantation. I realize that not all of the deer I see and get pictures of actually live every minute of every day on our property, but considering that this is the central location for food and water in the vicinity, I believe there is a strong, healthy population that can easily absorb the numbers that have been killed, especially since I've effectively reduced the number of predators. I base the predator reduction on the increased number of fawns I had this year, along with the increase in the number of turkeys even after the floods we had in the late summer and early fall that devastated large numbers of the turkey population in this part of SC. I've also noticed a very significant increase in the rabbit population, after several years where the numbers were down.
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