The overall deer numbers and quality on Fort Knox are being closely and effectively managed. Look back at the last few years harvest photos and that will tell the tale. Additionally, if you want quantifiable evidence just check the Hunt Control links. The quality in terms of age class has improved greatly and the harvest numbers (early gun or not) have stayed within 10% of the average over the past 5 years.
This season has been difficult because of a very poor mast crop and very warm temps. The deer are not in normal fall feeding patterns and the rut was delayed and somewhat stagnant with the heat. Just read back through this thread and the anecdotal evidence is there. People who go out and sit in the same oak tree they hunted for the past 20 years and don't see anything can't blame anything but their flawed strategy.
I will agree with the comments on coyotes; the sightings and encounters do seem to be up a fair amount across post. I'm sure HC has taken notice and will adjust seasons or provide incentive to kill them if it is needed. What everyone needs to keep in mind that is that ' quality management' takes years and the endstate is a decade in the future. Not a knee jerk reaction because a few people couldn't saunter back to 'their' spot and whack a booner.
Couldn't agree more with your comments. Knox is doing a good job at meeting its management objectives.