Professor of Wildlife Ecology & Extension Wildlife Specialist with the
University of Wisconsin. Drake co-authored the article from The Wildlife Society Bulletin: Regulated Commercial Harvest to Manage Overabundant White-Tailed Deer: An Idea to Consider? NYS DEC biologists rely upon recreational hunters to control deer numbers. As the average age of hunters increases (currently about 51 years old in NYS) & fewer are hunting in some locations, some wonder if numbers can be controlled by recreational hunting alone. David Drake will introduce the idea of legalizing the sale of venison as an incentive to harvest deer. Currently, over 85% of commercial venison consumed in the US is imported from New Zealand. Hunters in Sweden have been selling moose & deer meat for many years.