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#520584 - 12/07/07 05:07 PM Re: Harvest ratio and % benefit?? [Re: BSK]
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 Originally Posted By: BSK
fishboy1,

To answer your question, those harvest percentages are too close to make any difference if swapped.

For large areas (county-sized), a nearly balanced harvest percentage between male and female eventually leads to a fairly balanced adult sex ratio within a couple of years. However, on small properties, a balanced harvest ratio may not lead to a balanced sex ratio, as deer move around quite a bit, considering yearling buck dispersal, shifts of doe groups to better resources, and seasonal older buck shifting.

For small-land management the most powerful players in herd perfomrance revolve around herd density in comparison to food availability and food quality. Keeping the herd well below the biological carrying capacity will produce significant dividends. However, the most powerful management tool available to the small-land manager is habitat management. Managers will see the greatest benefit from improvements in habitat quality.



So, do you think that a lot of the passionate cries to change the harvest ratios will not really have much effect on the overall deer herd?

How much would the ratios have to change to have a noticable effect for hunters?
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#520594 - 12/07/07 05:14 PM Re: Harvest ratio and % benefit?? [Re: fishboy1]
BSK
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It isn't so much the harvest ratio (both stated will produce a balanced herd), it is deer density compared to habitat production (how much food is being produced), and even more important HABITAT QUALITY.

I balanced deer herd in the mountains is never going to produce anywhere near the body weight and antler growth of a balanced herd in an agricultural area with rich bottomland soils.

That's like comparing apples and oranges the difference will be so great. In that situation, nutrition (habitat quality) will actually be more important than deer age for performance purposes. In the agriculture, a 2 1/2 year-old buck could literally be heavier and grow larger antlers than a 4 1/2 year-old buck in the mountains.

I posted it awhile back, but I looked at the average antler dimentions of bucks from far East TN, and the average 3 1/2 year-old buck underperformed the average 2 1/2 year-old buck from Ft. Campbell.
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