Abstract

Title:  Evaluation of food plots for whitetailed deer in the rolling plains of Texas.
Author(s): Blair, B. K., S. Demarais, and D. N. Ueckert
Year: 1987
Abstract: Hairy vetch and triticale were planted during August 1985 in each of 3 food plots to evaluate their effectiveness as habitat improvement plants for white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianug). Monthly sampling during October-March provided data for comparison of productivity and percent utilization by deer among these planted forages and native grasses and native forbs on unimproved rangeland adjacent to the food plots. Type of forage and month of collection affected (P < 0.05) productivity of the forages and their percent utilization by deer. Overall, productivity of triticale (X=128 lbs/acre) was higher than native forbs (X-54 lbs/acre) and hairy vetch (X=39 lbs/acre), but not higher than native grasses (X=104 lbs/acre). Overall, percent utilization was highest for triticale (X=58%), followed by hairy vetch (X=45%), and native grasses (X=2 1 %) and forbs (X=19%).

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