Mule Deer Surveys vs Whitetail

Vollmer

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Ok, I'm not trying to rag on the NDGF, but didn't they say in their story about whitetail surveys that they couldn't do an aerial survey because there was not enough snow? And for mule deer they intentionally wait for the snow to melt? Can anyone explain this to me?

(story below)

Spring Mule Deer Survey Complete


The North Dakota Game and Fish Department completed its annual spring mule deer survey in April, and results indicate western North Dakota’s mule deer population has increased 24 percent from last year.

Bruce Stillings, big game supervisor, said the increase is a result of less severe winters the past couple of years, no harvest of antlerless mule deer during the past three deer hunting seasons, and improved fawn production. The 2015 index is 16 percent higher than the long-term average.

“In order to maintain further population growth we need to maintain a conservative management approach, with no antlerless mule deer harvest again in 2015,” Stillings said.

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Biologists counted 2,376 mule deer in 306.3 square miles during this year’s survey. Overall mule deer density in the badlands was 7.8 deer per square mile, which is up from 6.3 deer per square mile in 2014.

The spring mule deer survey is used to assess mule deer abundance in the badlands.
It is conducted after the snow has melted and before the trees begin to leaf out, providing the best conditions for aerial observation of deer. Biologists have completed aerial surveys of the same 24 study areas since the 1950s.
 


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I've been raggin' on the G&F for quite a while now about the lack of objective survey data for whitetails. Makes a person wonder how they can make decisions about how best to go about controlling whitetail populations when they have no idea what those populations are to begin with, doesn't it? Welcome to the party!!
 

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I've been raggin' on the G&F for quite a while now about the lack of objective survey data for whitetails. Makes a person wonder how they can make decisions about how best to go about controlling whitetail populations when they have no idea what those populations are to begin with, doesn't it? Welcome to the party!!

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