Story last updated at 9/30/2009 - 11:33 am
Above, a Sitka Blacktail doe and fawn spotted on Admiralty Island Sept. 1, 2009. Below, a doe and fawn on Shelter Island in 2007.
Photographer Jay Beedle, who lives on Shelter Island, has hunted deer on Admiralty Island for almost 40 years now and said he has seen a significant decrease in deer in the past three years. Beedle encourages hunters to only shoot bucks. "If hunters must shoot a doe or fawn, try shooting with a fully automatic camera! It's a lot of fun and a lot less work," he says. "If a hunter decides to shoot a doe with a fawn, I encourage the taking of both animals. I have seen many fawns starve during the winter. Without their mother, the fawn simply will not make it through the winter."