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Monday, October 17 • 2:00pm - 2:20pm
Wildlife. Evidence of temporal and sex-related differences in use of baited sites by white-tailed deer

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AUTHORS: Chad Newbolt, Seth Rankin, Stephen S. Ditchkoff - School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences, Auburn University

ABSTRACT: Many of the methods used to estimate white-tailed deer population parameters from camera images are reliant upon assumptions regarding animal use of baited sites which may not be met in all environments. We placed trail cameras set at 1-minute time-lapse intervals at randomly selected sites baited with corn (n = 3) inside the Auburn University Deer Research Facility, a 175-ha enclosure containing a captive population of marked white-tailed deer, to investigate temporal and sex-related differences in deer use of baited sites. Surveys were conducted during 3, 10-day periods (Pre-rut, Rut, and Post-rut), 2013-2014 to determine number and duration of visits by individual adult deer to baited sites. Both sexes exhibited differences between survey periods in the number and duration of visits to baited sites, and these differences were particularly pronounced in male deer. Male deer visited more frequently and made longer visits during Pre-rut than during Rut (1.86 times as many visits; visit duration 1.85 times as long) and Post-rut (1.65 times as many visits; visit duration 1.35 times as long). We also observed differences between sexes in use of baited sites that varied between survey periods. Males spent more time (visit duration 1.33 times as long) than females at baited sites during visits in Pre-rut, and females spent more time (visit duration 1.33 times as long) than males during Rut. Individuals utilizing camera surveys for deer should carefully consider the identified temporal and sex-related differences in deer use of baited sites when selecting survey periods and evaluating camera data.

Monday October 17, 2016 2:00pm - 2:20pm
Riverview B

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