The Sylamore Deer Study

A study of the effects of forest management systems on deer carrying capacity in the Arkansas Ozarks has been established in two enclosures of 600 and 670 acres. Preliminary analysis indicated that cedar and pine-hardwood types produce more available forage than oak-hickory stands. Forage utilization appeared inversely related to size of the mast crop. Deer in the enclosures were estimated by driving, removed by trapping and hunting, and replaced with known numbers of deer. Hunter success was affected by weather and hunter ability but not by number of deer.

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