Using Fire to Improve Deer Habitat in the Southern Great Plains

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Dr. Sandra Rideout-Hanzak, research scientist with the Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute and Associate Professor at Texas A&M University-Kingsville, discussed habitat management of white-tailed deer. She addressed:

  • Using prescribed fire to achieve optimal browse levels
  • Effects of fire on browse and forbs
  • Effects of burning at different times of year (seasons of burn)
  • Prescriptions for weather and firing techniques
  • Pros and cons of using fire for managing habitat