Effects on Deer Habitat

Calvin L. Richardson*
Much of the rangeland in South Texas is covered by dense stands of low-growing, thorny shrubs which may limit livestock production because reduced herbaceous forage. Large acreages of brushy rangeland have undergone treatment to check woody plant encroachment and increase forage production for domestic livestock. In the past, most range improvement efforts in South Texas were directed at clearing pastures of brush through mechanical methods, followed by conversion to tame pasture. Only in the past 10 to 15 years have the habitat requirements of wildlife species been considered in brush management programs.