its a little more complicated than that. Sex Age Kill or SAK along with a bunch of averages and tendencies is used to determine what's left in the herd and how it mutiplys out for the following season. too complicated to type on my phone tho.i don't know how ny does deer count, but Wis bases their herd count on deer per WOODED area. all open land is considered non whitetail habitat.and there shouldn't be deer on it. that's how our deer herds have been thrown out of wack.
Add all those together and multiply by 5, issue twice that many tags and there you have it1. Deer tagged and reported
2. Estimates for what deer are not reported
3. Hunter / wild life surveys
4. Auto industry reports on deer vehicle collision rates.
Those are the ones i know of.
For deer take by hunters, the counts are actually done at the meat processing places and the count is actually done by a percentage. They count the total number of deer at the processers and record the carcass tag numbers. They then check the number of tags that were actually reported(called in by phone). They take the ratio of deer to the number of called in reporting and abra-cadabra you have your deer take count. An easy example of this is 100 deer at the processers. 25 deer were reported. That means that for the total amount reported they multiply it by 75%. Since reporting is not mandatory and most of the people I know process there own meat than how accurate are the numbers??
For population size they use buck take and car collisions as an indicator. I don't think that this is working too well!!!!ukey: