Abstract

Title:  Activity and behavior of unhunted white-tailed deer bucks during rut.
Author(s): Hosey, A. G., Jr. and K. Causey
Year: 1979
Abstract: Eleven male white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virainianud were live-trapped, radiomarked, released, and monitored for a 5 month period (November-March, 1975-76) on the Fred T. Stimpson Wildlife Sanctuary in Clarke County, Alabama. The bucks were monitored hourly for 52 individual die1 periods before, during and after the peak of rut in addition to random daily monitoring (18 18 locations). Mean home range size was 83 ha, 172 ha, and 75 ha for the pre-rut, rut, and post-rut periods, respectively. The mean minimum total linear distance (MTD) moved during the dial periods were 4.4 km, 6.2 km, and 4.4 km for the pre-rut, rut and post-rut periods. Mean linear distance moved per hour (MHD) during diel periods was 174 m, 257 m, and 192 m for the pre-rut, rut, and post-rut periods. The mean percentage of activity wss 54%, 6496, and 74% for the pre-rut, rut, and post-rut periods. Mean diel area covered by adult male deer was 22, 46, and 22 ha during pre-rut, rut, and post-rut periods. The increases in home range, MTD, MHD, percentages of activity, and diel area covered were all significant (P
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