The conservation of the whitetail deer

America's #1 game animal, the whitetail deer, has rebounded from near extinction in many parts of the U.S.

Updated: May 31, 2006, 7:22 PM ET
By   | Craig Springer
Special to ESPNOutdoors.com

Joe List, a southern Ohio blacksmith was 72. So says his 1931 hunter's license. Its tattered edges mark time; the fold shows where he wore it on the back of his hunting coat so game wardens could check it easily.

The game proclamation Mr. List carried in his hunting coat is telling. Its soiled pages show he thumbed it a time or two, but a few lines of text speak volumes — Deer: Protected; Ruffed grouse: Protected. Wild turkey don't even appear in the proclamation. Seventy-two years ...

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