White-tailed deer are enjoyable to watch, photograph and hunt, but they can cause damage in rural as well as suburban areas of Kansas. As deer have increased in our state, they are becoming more of a problem in some areas. Hunting programs are among the most effective damage control techniques known to reduce deer damage, but they require foresight, planning and commitment by everyone. The Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism establishes an annual deer permit quota for each deer management unit. They look at various factors in establishing these quotas, and damage problems are a primary consideration. While the Department provides the legal framework for harvest, landowners and the public hold the key to regulating local deer herds because the landowners control hunter access, and the public controls attitudes about hunting. Your input is vital.