I think there are a couple of things here that get lost on a lot of us. It leads to these kind of arguments.
First off, the idea of what is "Wilderness." I've written about this before. Y'all have to remember that we logged off the Wilderness back before 1900. Whitetail deer were nearly extirpated. If you go anywhere and hunt, you are probably hunting :
a) On second (or THIRD!) growth forest.
b) Deer whose ancestors were trapped and penned and salted into the area in order to reintroduce them
So it is just a matter of how much fantasy you are willing to accept. Where I am, on my 200 acres, the forest was cut before 1830. The trees that were there grew there starting about 80 years ago as the hillsides became useless from erosion. You can still see the erosion gullies that scarred the landscape, even though it is now covered by fairly mature oak/hickory savannah. Me? I'm happy as a clam to be able to be there. I don't feel my deer is somehow less wild than one I might take from Alberta or Maine or some spot like that. Truth is, none of that is virgin forest either.
Y'all have to remember that old mature forest is not what the whitetail is all about. Deer like the edges of things. They like were forest meets field. You get under 80 foot canopies with nothing but moss on the floor, you are in a whitetail desert. On the other hand, you take a fallow field, do some strip disking and edge feathering and let thing generally go for a few years, and you'll generally have deer crawling up your leg. Sure, it does not sound exotic. However, how else are you going to get some schmuck to lay down $5 grand to hunt a freaking desert if you don't tell a whopper of a story. Oh Yeah! These deer aren't TAME deer. These deer up here are WILD deer. They never have seen the sight of man before. Blah Blah Blah. . .
Deer hunting is like a zen garden. It reminds us of what it is to be in touch with Nature even though we are in a highly manipulated, man made environment. We can't have WILD anymore, but we can experience wild just by turning our tree stand so we can't see the Walmart parking lot and trying our best to tune out the noise from the interstate. If your imagination does not work that well, there's a guy in Alberta that will let you hunt his place. However, it's all been logged at least once.
One other thing: don't think hunting virgin forest is all that cool. I've hiked in real honest-to-goodness virgin forest. If a forest gets left alone for a thousand years, it gets very uneven. Big trees fall over and leave huge root balls, there are craters everywhere, and at the bottom of the crater is a little pond. It is an absolute bear to hike through, and if there was a deer in there, it could be 10 yards away, and you'd never see it. Even though the topo shows no change in elevation, you're going up and down constantly.
The other thing that really boil smy bunny about all this is the insistence that deer are not wild. Sure, if you keep them in a pen and feed them everyday, you are going to get them pretty well trained. However, most folks can't afford the elaborate fencing. A guy like me has waist-high cattle fencing to mark the property line. Deer can clear that without thinking. They are free ranging.
Now, you go and spend $10K on habitat improvements. What happens? You get doe. You get lots of doe. You get lots of nice fat, happy contented doe. Are these what you spent the $10K for? No! You want toads, hogs, monsters-- you want TROPHIES!!!. Is that $10K going to get you tame trophies? Heck no. Those trophy bucks are going to come by and eat at your trough, munch the salad in your field, lick your salt block and then take off for the other side of the county. The only think that $10K buys you doe that stay around and act as bait. Those trophy bucks will cruise through, smell a doe coming into season, and stick around a day. Wild? Bucks in the deepest woods probably don't know squat about humans. I've had the occasional deer on canoe trips just up and walk into camp. If , by wild, you mean schooled in the ways of man, then bucks here in the Trans-Bluegrass are wild. They are cagey and elusive. Just look at the bowhunting kills in September for Zone 1 in KY. You'll see my point.
Tame? If you mean, come up and eat out of your hand, forget it. Not here, not up North. However, if you want a deer that does not know what cigarette smoke smells like or what human pit-stink smells like, you are more likely to get that out away from humans than around where I am. I had a doe up in my back yard at the farm Saturday night-- just walked up between the sheds looking for dandelions under the meat pole where I hadn't mowed yet. Cagey? If Angus had not been going in the house for another can of grape pop, we'd have missed her. We have these interactions with deer all the time. I've had them even come up and peer in the windows. However, you're not going to tell me these deer are tame. They just know us better than we do. I can be out for a 5 hour sit in my stand 3/4 of a mile from the house and see nothing, walk in and find a huge deer print smack dab in the middle of one of my boot prints less than 50 yards from the house.