South Dakota 1930s Deer Population

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Source:  Mastering Mule Deer, 1988, Wayne va Zwoll, p.17

"Mule deer rebounded in the 1930s... The dust bowl years had force many farmers to leave the prairie.  South Dakotas population of 680,000 ... dropped by more than 50,000 during the Depression.  With the people went their cattle and the range had a chance to recover.  Stable weather in the late 1930s favored forage growth, and conservation programs aimed at saving soil established tree strips... Game laws were enacted ...
     ... it wasn't until the late 1950s that deer numbers were near carrying capacity in most plains states.  As late as 1955 no mule deer could be found in Kansas."


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