Validity of hunter surveys for daily effort and deer sightings in Vermont November 21, 2011 Wildlife Society Bulletin

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Validity of hunter surveys for daily effort and deer sightings in Vermont November 21, 2011 Wildlife Society Bulletin, Shawn P. Haskell

Reliable estimates of hunters' hunting effort, harvest, and deer sightings can be used for estimates of relative abundance or population size by catch-per-unit-effort models...random-mailing surveys of licensed hunters in Vermont, USA, provided reliable knowledge regarding 1) daily hunter effort, and 2) deer sightings as a convenience index of abundance, during identically structured 16-day antlered-deer-only rifle seasons in mid–late November, 2000–2009.... Vermont's deer management program uses estimates of relative deer abundance from survey data of hunter effort and deer sightings to help prescribe annual antlerless deer harvests at the regional level, and lesser spatial extents, within its jurisdiction. ...


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