Winter Deer Food Production And Rabbit Utilization Of Various Site Preparation Treatments

The effects of several site preparation treatments on winter deer food yield and rabbit utilization were studied in one to four year old loblolly pine plantations in Kemper County, Mississippi. Winter deer food availability ranged from 5-20 times greater on clearcut and site prepared areas than on the uncut forest. The bedded treatment produced the highest amount of winter food. However, rabbit utilization was much lower on the bedded areas than on the sheared and chopped treatments.

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