Deer in spotlight: Out for the count October 10, 2012 Texas

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Deer in spotlight: Out for the count October 10, 2012 Texas, San Angelo Standard Times
 ... John McEachern, wildlife biologist for TPWD ... said, "We're looking at the population, the buck-to-doe ratio, and the buck quality index, mainly." ... Spotlight surveys are conducted from a vehicle at nighttime.  Spotlight data is commonly more effective for estimating deer density whereas aerial surveys are usually better for analyzing herd composition and buck quality indexes. The recent drought conditions contributed to the decline in the deer population, which is about half what it was three years ago ... around San Angelo State Park ...

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