Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Science
This study was conducted in two parts for Master of Science theses by the senior authors of Parts I and II. The study in the Northem Black Hills (Part I) was completed in 1968. Principal and preferred foods were determined for the winter and summer and a pasture study was conducted to measure production and utilization of foods in a typical aspen stand during the summer months. The study in the Southern Black Hills (Part II) was made in 1968 and 1969. Objectives were to determine the principal plants used by mule and white-tailed deer in fall, winter and summer. The utility of the point-analysis technique for measuring rumen contents was evaluated and the technique was applied to rumen contents examined. The studies were supported by the South Dakota Department of Game, Fish and Parks under Federal Aid Project W-75-R through the South Dakota Cooperative Wildlife Research Unit (South Dakota State University, the Bureau of Sport Fisheries and Wildlife, the South Dakota Department of Game, Fish and Parks and the Wildlife Management Institute, cooperating). Special acknowledgement is extended to the personnel of the Wildlife Habitat Project, Rocky Mountain Forest and Range Experiment Station Rapid City, for their assistance in both studies. Dr. Donald Dietz, Project Leader, and Harold E. Messner, Range Technician, were particularly helpful in the development of techniques for analysis of rumen content and the equipment used for the point-analysis method described in Part II. The assistance of William Hepworth, Director of Technical Research, Wyoming Game and Fish Department, in securing the two deer used in the pasture study described in Part I is gratefully acknowledged.
South Dakota Department of Game, Fish and Parks, deer eating habits, Southern Black Hills Deer eating habits, Northern Black Hills
South Dakota Agricultural Experiment Station, South Dakota State University
Schneeweis, J. C.; Severson, K. E.; Peterson, L. E.; and Schenck, T. E., "Food Habits of Deer in the Black Hills" (1972). Research Bulletins of the South Dakota Agricultural Experiment Station (1887-2011). 611.