Factors influencing reproductive success in male white‐tailed deer 2016

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CH Newbolt, PK Acker, TJ Neuman, SI Hoffman… - The Journal of Wildlife …, 2016
... Our most supported model indicated that annual body size and antler size of the individual were positively associated with annual male breeding success... Management practices that encourage balanced adult sex ratios and older male age structures (e.g., Quality Deer Management) may promote a highly competitive environment where sexually selected traits are of increased importance to male breeding success. However, the ability of managers to alter herd genetics in a positive or negative direction through selective harvest is limited in white-tailed deer because of the high proportion of reproducing males...

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