The Economics Of Virginia's Deer Transplantation Program

Since 1930 Virginia has either purchased deer for restocking or has carried out transplantation programs in various sections of the state. In 1967-68, detailed records of costs of a transplantation program indicate the average cost per head for white-tailed deer captured by box trap to be $51.68. This trapping program was initiated to, (1) alleviate an over population, (2) determine if malnutrition was evident, and (3) fill the demand for brood stock in under populated areas. Most southeastern states have, at one time or another, participated in similar transplantation programs with equal success and accrued costs. 'Other methods of capture were prohibited in the study area due to industrial working conditions and security measures required by the U. S. Army. Malnutrition was not evident in the confined herd. The program did alleviate the over population currently. Costs of $50.00 per head for transplanted deer is reasonable and justified in Virginia.

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