Deer research findings


Deer survival and reproductive rates 

Sitka black-tailed deer, like other sub-species of mule deer, generally can have 1-2 fawns per year, with the number of fawns born determined by the mother's nutritional condition and age. Fawns are very small at birth, generally weighing a little more than 5 lbs, although some may be smaller. Sitka black-tailed deer fawns are "hiders," like elk calves, rather than "followers," like caribou calves, and spend the first 10-14 days generally bedded down in cover, where they are less likely to be found by predators. Their mothers return every few hours to nurse them, then leave to forage and to avoid drawing predators' attention to their fawns.

Research 1: Farmer and Person- insert links
Research 2: Parker fawns
Research 3: Gilbert dissertation

Deer habitat relationships

Habitat is key to success for Sitka blacktails.

Habitat selection, or where deer choose to be, has been studied quite a bit for Sitka blacktails.... blah blah

The density of deer in different habitat types....


Research 1: Brinkman habitat density
Research 2: Gilbert habitat selection studies
Research 3: Person, Kauffman, Schoen, Hanley, Parker, etc....

deer harvest opportunity

Harvesting Sitka blacktail is an important activity for many subsistence hunters in Southeast Alaska, as well as a thrilling opportunity for many sport hunters from Alaska and beyond... harvest opportunity research...

Research 1: Brinkman...
Research 2: Forest Service..