Document Type

Thesis - Open Access

Award Date


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department / School

Wildlife Management


Man changes his environment to suit his needs. In doing so he has destroyed forests, plowed the land, and built cities. Deer have adopted themselves to these changes, and in many instances populations have erupted as a result. Their ability to survive advancement of civilization and increasing hunting pressure has made deer the most important big-game animal in America, The importance of deer as a game animal has caused game agencies to institute more intensive management programs. Proper management of this species has long been a problem of game technicians. In order to obtain an optimum annual harvest, the technician must be able to determine deer numbers and levels of area use by deer. Despite much research on these problems, considerable additional work is required for the development of an accurate, economical method of determining deer members. The results of any census method largely depend on a knowledge of the habits and movements of the animal under study. Dahlberg and Guettanger (9) emphasized this in their study of Wisconsin deer herd when they said (p.52), “Where a deer or any other game animal is at a given time, or where he may be expected to go in a day or a season or a year must be known before intelligent management can be undertaken.--[Introduction: page 1]

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Deer populations -- South Dakota
Deer -- Control
Deer management


Includes bibliographical references (pages 55-56)



Number of Pages



South Dakota State University


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