Title:  Does it really matter how many deer we have?
Author(s): Jacobson, H. A.
Year: 1988
Abstract: Deer biologists have been trying to census deer populations since the inception of the wildlife managment profession. The truth is we still have no accurate, reliable or cost efficient means for censusing deer populations. I contend agencies are throwing their money "down the rathole" in trying to census deer. Accurate and reliable harvest data can be obtained cost efficiently and combined with age structure, physical condition indices, and reproductive indices provides the essential tools for deer management. Examples will be provided of public and private lands deer managment efforts where these tools are working in achieving deer managment programs. The measure of success for most deer management programs is not how many deer are there, but how many deer are harvested and the general physical condition of the animals.

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