I started wildlife science in college in Maine during the 80s. Worked on white-tailed deer wintering habitat there most of my undergrad years. Since went on to grad school out west and been west ever since. I can tell you this, the state wildlife in all states would be better managed with knowledgeable people bird-dogging them like yourself. Too many of our public are also steeped in not knowing " anything beyond folk lore and legend." (love it) Tear 'em up! We noticed wintering habitat was a problem in the 80s! But, like state wildlife agencies across this country, they 'monitor populations to extinction". Watch them decline year after year and don't manage anything.