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Monday, May 21, 2012
Potential Selective Harvest Criteria for Adult, Male White-tailed Deer in South Texas

Mickey W. Hellickson, David G. Hewitt, and Fred C. Bryant

The practice of selectively harvesting inferior-antlered, middle-age and older bucks has become popular.  Criteria are often established based on age and antler points.  However, no research on wild deer has been conducted to determine the appropriateness of these harvest criteria.  Our objective is to randomly capture and measure >500 bucks annually on 5 areas to estimate age, count points, and determine gross Boone & Crockett Club (GBC) score.  Capture data will be used to relate GBC score of recaptured mature (>5 years old) bucks to the number of antler points these same bucks had when initially captured at a younger age.

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Posted by Dr. Mickey W. Hellickson on 05/21 at 11:16 PM
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