A deer management association (or coop) is simply a group of land managers in a region who share common deer management goals and make a decision to cooperatively manage their shared deer herd. Goals such as improving the buck age structure, buck:doe ratio, fawn crop, or altering deer density are difficult or impossible to achieve on small acreages without a deer fence. Developing a common strategy over larger acreages is much more effective.
The fall hunting season is fast approaching and with it comes an increased interest in deer management. The Noble Research Institute is sponsoring its 5th annual Whitetailed Deer Management Workshop.
recently attended a conference on white-tailed deer genetics and management at Texas A&M University with several of our staff. I was simply surprised by an apparent disparity of opinion between landowners of Texas and Oklahoma over the issue of deer hunting.
Once again, the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation (ODWC) Commission has approved, and then reversed, the addition of seven days to the deer rifle season.