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dc.contributor.authorFulbright, T. E.
dc.date.accessioned2020-09-23T05:40:44Z
dc.date.available2020-09-23T05:40:44Z
dc.date.issued1999-07-01
dc.identifier.citationFulbright, T. E. (1999). Response of white-tailed deer foods to discing in a semiarid habitat. Journal of Range Management, 52(4), 346-350.
dc.identifier.issn0022-409X
dc.identifier.doi10.2307/4003544
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10150/644005
dc.description.abstractDiscing strips of rangeland to increase wildlife foods is a common management practice. I tested the hypotheses (1) annual discing results in greater canopy cover of annual forbs preferred by white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus Raf.) than discing at less frequent intervals of time, (2) frequent discing reduces the abundance of preferred perennial forbs, and (3) discing only once results in greater total canopy cover of annual and perennial forbs preferred by deer. The experimental design was a split-plot with soil series (Ramadero loam or Delfina fine sandy loam) as main plots and discing treatment in October as subplots. Discing treatments were (1) no treatment (control); (2) discing once in 1990; (3) discing once in 1994; (4) discing in 1990 and 1994; (5) discing in 1990, 1992, and 1994; and (6) discing annually from 1990-1994. Discing increased canopy cover of annuals preferred by white-tailed deer and increased canopy cover of unpalatable forbs, but decreased preferred perennials. Canopy cover of forbs eaten, but not preferred by deer, increased following discing. Based on these results, soil disturbance by discing is not recommended as a habitat improvement practice in the semiarid western Rio Grande Plains of Texas if the objective of management is to increase canopy cover of forb preferred by white-tailed deer.
dc.language.isoen
dc.publisherSociety for Range Management
dc.relation.urlhttps://rangelands.org/
dc.rightsCopyright © Society for Range Management.
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dc.subjectdiscing
dc.subjectannuals
dc.subjectProsopis glandulosa
dc.subjectfrequency
dc.subjectpalatability
dc.subjectperennials
dc.subjectrain
dc.subjectOdocoileus virginianus
dc.subjectforbs
dc.subjectsemiarid zones
dc.subjectTexas
dc.subjectcanopy
dc.subjectfeeding preferences
dc.titleResponse of white-tailed deer foods to discing in a semiarid habitat
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dc.typeArticle
dc.identifier.journalJournal of Range Management
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dc.eprint.versionFinal published version
dc.description.admin-noteMigrated from OJS platform August 2020
dc.source.volume52
dc.source.issue4
dc.source.beginpage346-350
refterms.dateFOA2020-09-23T05:40:44Z


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