Measuring the average body sizes of an age class of bucks or does over several years is useful in understanding the general welfare of a deer herd. An increasing average could indicate improving conditions, a decreasing one the opposite.
Deer managers should keep accurate records of the ages, antler sizes and body weights of all deer harvested. These records and the trends which they show are important in evaluating the effects of management.
For further information contact your county Extension office or the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.
Educational programs conducted by the Texas Agricultural Extension Service serve people of all ages regardless of socioeconomic level, race, color, sex, religion, handicap, or national origin.___________________________________________________________________________Issued in furtherance of Cooperative Extension Work in Agricultural and Home Economics, Acts of Congress of May 8,1914, as amended, and June 30,1914, in cooperation with the United States Department of Agricultural. Zerle L.Carpenter, Director, Texas Agricultural Extension Service, The Texas A&M University System.
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