Habitat Relations of Mule Deer in the Texas Panhandle.
Koerth, Benjamin H.
Sowell, Bok F.
Bryant, Fred C.
Wiggers, Ernie P.
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Telemetric observations of mule deer (Odocoileus hemionus) does were used to determine seasonal relationships between deer use and availability of habitats on two study areas in the Panhandle region of west Texas. Juniper breaks was the only type used in greater proportion than its availability on the Canadian River study area (CRSA). On the Clarendon study area (CSA) mule deer shifted seasonal preferences between riparian, cultivated fields, and juniper breaks. Annual and seasonal home ranges were considerably larger on the CSA. Larger home ranges and variability in seasonal use of the habitat types on the CSA were attributed largely to the presence of cultivated winter grain fields. Shifts in home ranges coincided with the season when production in the cultivated fields was highest and native forage availability was lowest. Comparisons of indirect deer observations (pellet groups and bed sites) with random measurements within each habitat type characterized deer use sites as east and north facing slopes, located close to a canyon rim, and receiving light livestock and human use. The placement of cultivated grain fields could be used to influence overall range use and attract deer to or away from localized sites. Also, consideration should be given to directing heavy livestock and human traffic away from sites that are used by mule deer.
Koerth, Benjamin H., Bok F. Sowell, Fred C. Bryant, and Ernie P. Wiggers. “Habitat Relations of Mule Deer in the Texas Panhandle.” The Southwestern Naturalist 30, no. 4 (November 27, 1985): 579-587. doi:10.2307/3671053