Wisconsin deer study: First-year data holds some surprises March 4, 2012

Wisconsin Deer Population and Management News Archive


... fewer adult bucks are surviving .... In the northern study area... Hunter harvest and predation were primary causes of death...Wolves and bobcats were the primary predators of yearling male deer... Five adult bucks were poached. ... 50 percent ... survived from one winter to the next ... “substantially lower” than the DNR’s model-derived estimates of 70 percent. ... The 27 percent fawn survival in the northern study area “is comparable to the range of survival rates (28 percent to 76 percent) documented elsewhere across the United States ...



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