Ronald E. Masters

Hunter Success and Selectivity of Archers Using Crossbows

Use of crossbow equipment to hunt white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus) has increased in recent years. Concurrently, beliefs about efficiency of crossbows relative to upright bows has spawned concerns among many hunters that use of crossbows during standard archery seasons will lead to overharvest and herd degradation. To examine relative efficiency of crossbows as weapons for harvesting deer, we collected 5 years (1996-2000) of deer harvest data from special hunts in southeast Oklahoma where hunters were restricted to either crossbows or traditional (recurves or longbows) archery...

Year
2001

Wounding Rates of White-tailed Deer with Traditional Archery Equipment

We captured and affixed radio collars to 80 male white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus) during 1995-1997 to ascertain the wounding rate and proportion of deer that die from hunter-inflicted wounds. Our study population was hunted only with traditional archery equipment (recurve and longbows). Of the 22 deer shot by archers, 11 were recovered by the hunter, resulting in a 50% wounding rate (deer shot but not recovered). Only 3 (14%) of the 22 deer shot by hunters died and were not recovered. Based upon demographic and harvest statistics, these estimates indicate that approximately 4% of...

Year
1998

Quality Deer Management at the McAlester Army Ammunition Plant: A Unique Approach

Quality management for white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus) is becoming increasingly popular in the southeastern United States, yet surprisingly little information has been published that describes quality or trophy management strategies in detail. The quality deer program at the McAlester Army Ammunition Plant (McAAP) is unique because it maintains high hunter opportunity while producing high-quality white-tailed deer. Several strategies have been incorporated into the management program to help maintain its unique characteristics. The first is a regulation that limits hunters to...

Year
1997

Herbivore Response to Alternative Forest Management Practices

We evaluated wildlife responses on a small-scale study to determine possible forest management alternatives for large-scale application on Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs). Pellet-group counts of white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus), elk (Cervus elaphus), and eastern cottontails (Sylvilaqus floridanus), and cervid frequency of browse use were used to determine use of oak-pine sites subjected to an array of management prescriptions including timber harvest, prescribed fire, and traditional food plots. We found that sites subjected to timber harvest were used to a greater extent than...

Year
1997