Several months back, we ran a story about COVID-19's detection in the whitetail herd, meaning this may sound like old news. Scientists, however, seem especially concerned with this new development, wherein the Omicron strain was discovered in several deer on Staten Island, New York.
Kansas' almost 46 million acres of farmland provide a plethora of food for the state's whitetail herd, a veritable yellow brick road paved in corn and wheat. Add to that available mast browse and relatively mild winters, and you've got the makings for big-racked bucks. Would all those factors coincide to put a giant in front of the author? Only time in a stand will tell.
The Pennsylvania Game Commission has voted to increase the number of antlerless deer permits available by 34,000 for the 2018-19 season.