I think they're just doing everything they can to get us to kill more deer to keep the population in check. On top of that, the deer herd is still growing, and our suburban areas are spilling more into the deer habitat, so there are even more areas with too many deer but too many people to safely hunt with firearms. It's just a effort to create more opportunity to hunt in populated areas.
When we bought our house six years ago, we didn't see any sign of deer for the first three years, despite being on the edge of the woods. We're in a neighborhood with typical city subdivision lots. We still don't see deer in our yard, but I can tell they're here at night by the droppings in the lawn. The woods to the north of us are dotted with homes on 10-30 acre lots, and at least three of them have feeders we can see from the road. (one of those also has a ground blind and tree stand over the feeder) I'm sure that population is increasing, and it won't be long until we're seeing them in daylight in the yard.
I actually have more problem with the proposed August "velvet buck" season than I do with air-bow legalization. The August season has nothing to do with managing the deer herd. It's strictly about getting more money selling tags.