Abstract

Title:  White-tailed deer movements and browse quality as influenced by brush management.
Author(s): Soper, R. B., R. L. Lochmiller, D. M. Leslie, Jr., and D. M. Engle.
Year: 1989
Abstract: Herbicide applications and prescribed burning have been successfully used to increase primary productivity for cattle grazing on cross timbers rangeland. However, little is known about white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus) responses and habitat use following brush manipulation on cross timbers rangeland. Our objective was to monitor deer movement patterns, habitat selection, and browse quality on the Cross Timbers Experimental Range (CTER) near Stillwater, Oklahoma. The CTER is a 650-ha research area divided up into 20 32.5-ha herbicide treated (tebuthiuron and triclopyr herbicides with or without prescribed burning and untreated control) pastures with 4 replications of each treatment. Eleven white-tailed deer were captured, fitted with radio transmitters, and monitored throughout 1988 to determine home range size and daily movement patterns and responses to experimental treatments. Seven common browse species were collected throughout 1988 from 2 replications and analyzed for crude protein. Deer movement data indicated home range sizes were relatively small. Brush control treatments also influenced quality of key browse plants of white-tailed deer.

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