If we assume that 100,000 dead deer is even close to being accurate (which wouldn't surprise me at all), it's less than 10% of the total herd. It seems to me that the ONLY areas that would be of concern from a biological standpoint would be Zone 3 and 4 counties. Maybe some Zone 2 counties as well if they got hit particularly hard???? IMO, this is true b/c it appears to be a poor year for mast, which will keep the deer in the fields, which, in turn, will make the deer more susceptible to hunting pressure. A high harvest would not be desirable in those Zone 3 and 4 counties if a lot of deer have already been killed off by EHD. KDFWR is trying to reduce the herd numbers in Zone 1 counties, so a naturally caused declined wouldn't create any concerns. In fact, it would probably be welcomed from a biological standpoint. I think this would be true even if 20-30% of the deer herd died from EHD.