Abstract

Title:  Preliminary results of a trophy deer management program.
Author(s): Shelton, R.
Year: 1979
Abstract: Severe overbrowsed range conditions existed on Archer Island in 1971. Increased antlerless deer harvests were initiated in 1971. Records in 1973 indicated that 12 spike deer, 4 of which were over 1 1/2 years old, were harvested when a legal buck must have had 4 inch antlers. In 1974 and 1975 it was recommended that the hunting club shoot spikes and does only to attempt to improve the habitat, age structure and possibly the genetics of the deer herd. Antlerless hunting allowed the taking of spikes with visible antlers. The number of spikes harvested fell from 14 in 1974 to 10 in 1975 and 5 in 1976 with only 1 spike recorded over 1 1/2 years old. Progressively increasing body weights were recorded for does in the 1 1/2 and 2 1/2 year class for the years 1974-76. A limited harvest of forked antler deer was allowed in 1976 and 1977. The male body weights and number of points increased by age class. Several outstanding trophies were harvested in 1976 and 1977.

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