M. E. Cartwright

Reproduction, Dispersal, and Survivorship of Ruffed Grouse Reintroduced into Arkansas

Reproductive success of 94 ruffed grouse (Bonasa umbellus) reintroduced into northern Arkansas during September and October 1984 was apparently low. Four broods were found during 2 reproductive seasons after release. Dispersal of all located male ruffed grouse was limited to a 1.6 km radius of the initial release site. Brood sightings in an area 2.4 to 2.8 km northeast of the initial release site were direct evidence of female dispersal. Survivorship of male grouse up to the first courtship drumming period was at least 25%.


An Estimate of Unretrieved Deer Following a Muzzleloader Hunt

Air and ground crews conducted a search for carcasses of white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus) on Yazoo National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) following a 5-day, either-sex muzzleloader hunt. The search covered 48.4% of the refuge>s 5,047 ha. A total of 8 carcasses was found with muzzleloader wounds. Based on the area covered, an estimate of 16.5 unretrieved deer (23.9% of the 69 deer harvested) was calculated. Interviewed hunters reported 16 unretrieved deer or 23.2% of the total harvest. All 8 carcasses found were adult does. This differed from the harvest results in which only 32% were...