Forest Habitat Management: Feed the Deer November 3, 2012 New York

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Forest Habitat Management:  Feed the Deer November 3, 2012 New York, Corning Leader (blog)
... a deer's diet can consist of over 55 percent green leaves, twigs and buds from trees and shrubs.  The food source needs to be within reach of the deer, preferably not higher then five to six feet.  A social group of does tend to occupy no greater then a 640 acre range during their lifetime ... Mature, closed canopy forest only provides an average of 50 to 100 pounds of browse (leaves, young twigs and buds) per acre.  A diverse forest with a young understory of trees, shrubs and forbs can provide 1,000 pounds of browse per acre...


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