Just noticed this neat story posted in the Cordova Times about the start of the PWS deer herd and the managing of it. I had read a book in the Kodiak Library with the first hand account of the guys who caught the deer using a dog that chased them into the water. The point about bad winter die offs being way worse on the herd than hunting is an important lesson. Trimming the herd early in the winter by beach hunting makes the rest of the winter less traumatic on the deer that survive hunting season. Less deer competing for hard to find food when it matters the most; late winter and early spring. I've heard the stories from some of the old timers about huge winter die offs when deer were literally piled up dead on the beaches like cord wood.