Abstract

Title:  Effects of Three Site Preparation Treatments on White-tailed Deer Forage Availability
Author(s): William F. Moore, Karl V. Miller and Brian R. Chapman, University of Georgia; Jefley J. Brooks, Ft. Benning Military Reservation; Jane Rodrigue, Rupert, West Virginia.
Year: 1997
Abstract: We assessed the effects of imazapyr (~rsenal~p~ic)lo,r am +t riclopyr (Tordon 10ITM+G arlon 4TM)a, nd hexazinone (Pronone 10GTMs) ite preparation treatments on white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus) food plant availability at 1-6 years post-treatment in the Georgia Sandhills. Treatment plots were replicated 3 times and ranged in size from 12-20 ha. Vegetation was sampled in permanently marked, systematically located quadrants during August, 199 1 - 1996. Plant species were evaluated based on previously published preference ratings. Herbaceous vegetation highly preferred by deer was more abundant on imazapyr and hexazinone-treated sites than on picloram+triclopyr treatments at 4 and 5 years post-treatment. Vines highly preferred by deer were most abundant on imazapyr sites at 6 years post-treatment but did not differ among treatments during the first 5 years. Hexazinone and picloram+triclopyr sites contained greater abundances of highly preferred woody forage at 1 year post-treatment and less preferred woody forage at 2 years post-treatment. Sassafras, a highly preferred browse species, was most abundant on hexazinone treatments at 1-5 years post-treatment. Overall, white-tailed deer forage availability varied little among the site preparation treatments.

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