A great article by Steve Nelle that outlines how to have more and healthier mule deer, quail and pronghorn.
- Grazing management is the single most important way to affect mule deer food supply. When grass conditions permit, practice light-to-moderate seasonal grazing, in some rotational form (examples include “holistic planned grazing” and “adaptive grazing”).
- Whether or not cattle are present, always maintain permanent water for deer, and expand that water if possible.
- Implement practices that increase weeds. In order to protect weeds, shrubs and trees, do not use range poisons like Spike® as these damage food supplies for deer, pronghorns and quail for many years.
- Implement practices that increase rainfall penetration, such as water harvesting and contour subsoil plowing.
- Mule deer are not whitetails, so whitetail management practices are not practical for mule deer.
Note: This article was published in the December 2016 issue of Texas Wildlife – Magazine of the Texas Wildlife Association. It is posted here with permission of the Texas Wildlife Association (www.texas-wildlife.org).
Mule Deer Mess Hall
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