Abstract

Title:  Effects of baiting on deer movements and activity.
Author(s): Jacobson, H. A., and D. A. Darrow.
Year: 1992
Abstract: A simulated test of illegal baiting of deer using shelled corn as an attractant was conducted on the 2,880- ha Marion County Wildlife Management Area (MCWMA), Mississippi, from 1 October 1990 - 30 January 1991. Bait sites were monitored by use of infrared light transmitter and cameras (Trailmaster, Lenexa, Kansas). A total of 15,835 events was recorded at bait sites with 5,253 deer photographs taken. Deer use of bait was not crepuscular. Peak use was between sunset and one-half hour after dark, but activity remained moderately high until 4 a.m. and then declined to near zero by 10 a.m., where it remained until just prior to sunset when it again increased. Over 84% of bait use occurred during hours of darkness. Peak doe use was in the period 1-15 November and peak buck and fawn use 1-15 December. Based on comparisons of hunter sightings of deer by sex, a significantly (P c 0.05) higher proportion of bucks and fawns used bait then did does. Fourteen deer with radio transmitters were monitored during the baiting period. Of 6 transmittered deer, with home ranges encompassing one or more bait sites prior to their establishment, all were photographed on bait. However, only 1 of the remaining 8 transmittered deer on the MCWMA but not having a home range encompassing a bait site was photographed at a bait site.

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