Abstract

Title:  Archery wounding rates: a synopsis
Author(s): Boydston, G. A. and H. Gore.
Year: 1987
Abstract: Data from Texas Parks and Wildlife Department wildlife management areas were studied to determine gun and archery wounding rates of white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virninianus). These data indicated the wounding rate using firearms was about 10% (percentage of animals hit but not retrieved). Comparable data for archery hunting indicated a wounding rate of about 50% (i.e. one deer lost for every deer retrieved). From a biological or management standpoint this excessive wounding rate by bowhunters does not necessarily present a problem. However, the ethical and moral issues do.

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