White-tailed deer

Abstract

Title:  An evaluation of legal either-sex deer hunting with dogs in Georgia
Author(s): Johnson, S. C.
Year: 1991
Abstract: An evaluation of deer (Odocoileus virninianus) hunting with dogs in Georgia was made using a field study conducted between 1977 and 1982 as well as other information obtained from published literature and problems confronted by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources since 1977. A five year study investigating the effects of legal either-sex deer hunting with dogs on local deer populations was conducted between 1977 and 1982. Habitat changes, deer population densities, herd condition and age structure, harvest rates, and the effectiveness of various hunting methods were monitored throughout the study period on four study areas. "Deer dogging" was found to be the most effective method of the four hunting methods monitored based on the number of hunter days spent hunting per deer harvested. Intensive "deer dogging" conducted using vehicles equipped with two-way radios was apparently responsible for significant decreases in deer densities on one 2,834 hectare study area. "Deer dogging" groups were found to have considerable ability to control doe harvests during hunts, however. Intensive "deer dogging" apparently has the potential, when conducted in conjunction with the use of vehicles equipped with two-way radios and with no restrictions on doe harvest, to significantly impact deer populations in local areas. County-wide populations probably would not be significantly impacted unless intensive "deer dogging" was conducted uniformly over the entire county or unless county deer populations were restricted to isolated areas by land use practices. "Deer dogging" was also found to result in a higher rate of serious landowner-hunter conflicts than other methods of hunting.

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