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#3060245 - 12/02/12 08:21 PM deer density
Eric Kilby
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what deer density per square mile is healthy?
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#3060395 - 12/02/12 09:19 PM Re: deer density [Re: Eric Kilby]
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There is not a correct answer for this question . Healthy deer density/ carrying capacity is area and habitat specific and varies from region to region .
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#3060403 - 12/02/12 09:23 PM Re: deer density [Re: bowhunter163]
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1000 bucks per acre \:\)
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#3060429 - 12/02/12 09:37 PM Re: deer density [Re: Football Hunter]
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 Originally Posted By: Football Hunter
1000 bucks per acre \:\)
With a ONE BUCK LIMIT it would be . Bwahahahahaha . And now we wait . By the way that was a joke .


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#3060712 - 12/03/12 07:02 AM Re: deer density [Re: bowhunter163]
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What bowhunter163 said. In the big ag areas of the Midwest, the land can almost support an unlimited deer density. However, in a big woods environment, an appropriate deer density may only be 10 deer per square mile. Everything depends on the local habitat's deer food production. No weeds or undergrowth, no deer food.
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#3061530 - 12/03/12 04:25 PM Re: deer density [Re: BSK]
Eric Kilby
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what would you consider a density that would provide a good amount of deer to hunt and manage. i was talking to a guy about a lease and he showed me a qdma map that said the are was 15 - 30 deer per square mile. Also said it has been managed for 10yrs for qdma.. just trying to figure out if its worth the money its around 700 acres
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#3062912 - 12/04/12 12:01 PM Re: deer density [Re: BSK]
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 Originally Posted By: BSK
What bowhunter163 said. In the big ag areas of the Midwest, the land can almost support an unlimited deer density. However, in a big woods environment, an appropriate deer density may only be 10 deer per square mile. Everything depends on the local habitat's deer food production. No weeds or undergrowth, no deer food.
Im telling you they really like the privet when it grows thick in the creek bottoms...
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#3062965 - 12/04/12 12:23 PM Re: deer density [Re: catman529]
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 Originally Posted By: catman529
Im telling you they really like the privet when it grows thick in the creek bottoms...


They will eat it, but it is NOT a high value food source. If I see a deer population subsisting on privet, I know there's a deer herd in trouble, and not performing at peak ability.
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#3062973 - 12/04/12 12:26 PM Re: deer density [Re: Eric Kilby]
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 Originally Posted By: Eric Kilby
what would you consider a density that would provide a good amount of deer to hunt and manage. i was talking to a guy about a lease and he showed me a qdma map that said the are was 15 - 30 deer per square mile. Also said it has been managed for 10yrs for qdma.. just trying to figure out if its worth the money its around 700 acres


First, not only are those QDMA maps seriously out of date, a big difference exists between 15 and 30 deer per square mile. I would ask BigGameGuy what their last thermal imaging census of the area suggested the deer density is.

Deer hunting in a 15 deer per square mile area is tough hunting. 30 deer per square mile is fairly normal for much of the country. In TN, 20-25 deer per square mile is fairly common, especially in the more wooded regions. But deer density on a single property can be very fluid, changing through the seasons of a single year, and potentially changing fairly substantially, depending upon surrounding habitat.
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#3064076 - 12/04/12 11:53 PM Re: deer density [Re: BSK]
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 Originally Posted By: BSK
 Originally Posted By: catman529
Im telling you they really like the privet when it grows thick in the creek bottoms...


They will eat it, but it is NOT a high value food source. If I see a deer population subsisting on privet, I know there's a deer herd in trouble, and not performing at peak ability.
I doubt they subsist on it but during archery season the does were munching it a lot, within travel range of a soy field, which was probably already cut by then but I dont know when they cut it. also some mature oaks nearby and various other food sources no doubt but they would browse on the privet while moving through the woods. when I accidentally cut the stomach of my 3rd doe it was like green pesto, can't say it was all privet but it sure was a lot of green leaves.
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