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Chris Gill to Authors And Sponsors of Habitat Guidelines for Mule Deer

Concerning ‘Corrections’ Made in Response to My Letters. In September 2009, I was in Department headquarters in Austin, when I ran into one of the Authors of Habitat Guidelines for Mule Deer.

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Authors of Habitat Guidelines for Mule Deer

Below is a list of collaborators on policy and research document regarding Habitat Guidelines for Mule Deer:

Keyline Treatment of Headcuts

A central concept of Keyline-pattern subsoiling is plowing downwards in valley-forms and upwards on ridge-forms.  This discussion between Chris Gill and Ken Yeomans explains why.

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Doing What Works: Range Magazine

Here is the summary of two years of correspondence with the Mule Deer Working Group, my futile attempt to get them to change the sloppy-science-based range advice which so harms desert habitats and wildlife. What this shows with respect to the range science on which wildlife practices are based, is 20 wildlife agencies  ignoring science

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Don Frantzen on Predator Removals

Don Frantzen is a highly-experienced manager of deer herds.  We have been friends for twenty-five years. He offered these thoughts on predator removals:

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Habitat Guidelines for Mule Deer

This document was amended in 2009. It is dated 2006, but contains, for example, references to the Briske, et al. paper published in 2008. Its conclusions are identical to the unamended version.

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Richard Teague et al. on Benefits of Planned Grazing

This paper by Richard Teague, Fred Provenza et al. challenges the conclusions of Dr. Briske.

Aoudad at Two Section, August 2009.

This is an Aoudad, or Barbary Sheep. 900 of these animals have been shot at Big Bend Park, from helicopters, by members of Texas Parks and Wildlife, some of whom are included in the ‘Contact’ tab.   This aerial gunning is accomplished using automatic weapons. Texas Bighorn Society pays for the program. Texas Bighorn Society

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Coyote at Two Section, August 2009

Coyote at Two Section

Cougar at Two Section, July 2009

The policy to treat these as vermin is a huge mistake.

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