White-tailed deer

Abstract

Title:  A progress report on APC technique in North Carolina (abomasum parasite count).
Author(s): Monschein, T. D.
Year: 1977
Abstract: The North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission started using the Abomasum Parasite Count, APC, technique in 1973 to gain information on the health status of deer populations in relation to range conditions throughout the state. This technique was developed by the Southeastern Cooperative Wildlife Disease Study, SCWDS, and will not be discussed in detail here as it is well known to most game managers. Wildlife biologists in North Carolina have long been aware that certain deer herds are overpopulated, but public acceptance to either-sex hunting has been slow. Therefore, our biologists realized that abomasal parasite examinations could be used to supply tangible evidence to the public in numerical terms as to the actual condition of deer herds. Our biologists have used the results of the 1976 APC analysis together with slide presentations to explain the findings to sportsmen and landowners. Prior to APC collections in Columbus County there was strong public opposition to either-sex hunting, but after hearing the results of the Commission's APC work, the public there is now supporting our recommendations for the harvest of doe deer. As a result, this area will be opened to either-sex deer hunting this coming fall. The public has responded well to this method because it gives them tangible evidence as to the condition of specific deer herds. The response has been so good, in fact, that many landowners and sportsmen groups in the coastal area are asking that their herds be sampled in this manner.

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