Habitat includes food, water, shelter, space and the arrangement of these components, though land managers and popular press most popularly discuss food. Food can easily be managed, and many times the focus is only on food plots and feeders. Native vegetation can take a back seat to these intensive management practices, but people should be aware how to manage existing native vegetation to provide a high quality diet.
Resources for landowners with white-tailed deer management goals.
Although most tracts of land offer wildlife management opportunities, wildlife goals are more easily attained on some properties than others. Consider native plant communities, habitat, surrounding area and property size.
Noble Research Institute researchers developed a scientific project to better understand how hunting pressure may affect buck behavior.
Dan Ham began working with the Noble Research Institute in March 2008 shortly after he purchased property in Pontotoc County, Oklahoma. We helped him develop a strategy to achieve his goals of managing the property for wildlife.
Many youth miss out on opportunities to hunt because they don't have access to property.
Limited progress occurs when managers of free-ranging deer focus on superficial issues.
It is difficult to confidently make harvest recommendations based on one year's worth of data.
The use of photographs in science is increasing, with several recent developments and applications.
It depends, but in most situations with white-tailed deer, the answer is no. Here's why.