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Deer Utilization of Clearcuts in Southwestern Virginia

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An investigation of a 2-year-old and a 6-to 7-year-old clearcut compared with an uncut 60- to 100-year-old area, based on snow-track counts and mean pellet groups per acre, showed that the 2-year-old cut was most heavily used by white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus). The 300 feet nearest the forest edge received the greatest utilization. Results suggest that clearcuts 10 chains in width would probably best meet deer management considerations, with the cut acreage adjusted within the range of 20 to 50 acres, depending upon the density of the deer population, topography, and logging economics.

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Professor and Head, Department of Fisheries and Wildlife Sciences, Virginia Polytechnic and State University, Blacksburg, Va.

Publication date: August 1, 1977

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  • Each regional journal of applied forestry focuses on research, practice, and techniques targeted to foresters and allied professionals in specific regions of the United States and Canada. The Southern Journal of Applied Forestry covers an area from Virginia and Kentucky south to as far west as Oklahoma and east Texas.
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