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Monday, October 03, 2011
Concerns to Consider When Implementing a Supplemental Feeding Program - Part VI
The Need to Control Deer Density
Part I of this six-part series outlined all of the many positive benefits of a supplemental feeding program to a deer herd. Two of those benefits were higher reproductive rates and higher survival. Both of these benefits can quickly result in excessive deer numbers, especially if the property where feed is provided is surrounded by high fence.
Dr. Mickey W. Hellickson on 10/03 at 10:28 PM
Monday, August 15, 2011
The Antler Cycle
Antlers - there is something magical and mystical about deer antlers. Part of their allure is that every antler is different and unique. However, our fascination with deer antlers has its roots deep in our psyche, from our ancestors, who have hunted antlered game since man’s existence. Our ancestors used antlers for tools and in religious ceremonies. Today, we are still captivated by antlers.
How antlers grow and why they are shed each year is a source of wonder and curiosity. Antlers are one of nature’s most remarkable accomplishments. Deer, which are capable of re-growing antlers every year, are the only mammals with this capacity to regenerate these complex appendages. The speed at which antlers grow, also makes them the fastest growing structures in the animal kingdom.
Dr. Mickey W. Hellickson on 08/15 at 01:39 AM