Release Date: 01/03/2007

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) and Louisiana State University (LSU) recently received a $6,670 donation from the Louisiana Quality Deer Management Association (QDMA) State Chapter to help purchase equipment and supplies for a new deer telemetry project that started this fall.  The project is titled "Population Characteristics of a White-tailed Deer Herd in a Bottomland Hardwood Forest of South-central Louisiana."

"This generous donation from the Louisiana QDMA State Chapter will greatly improve the success of this research project," said LDWF Deer Program Manager Scott Durham.  "I would like to personally thank them for their support and interest in this project."

However, donations for research supplies are still needed.  Any person or organization interested in contributing financially to the project should contact Scott Durham, LDWF Deer Program Manager, at 2000 Quail Drive, Baton Rouge, LA 70898 or by phone at 225-765-2351.

QDMA was founded in 1988 and is a non-profit wildlife conservation organization dedicated to ensuring a high quality and sustainable future for white-tailed deer and white-tailed deer hunting.  QDMA currently has over 40,000 members in all 50 states.  Louisiana has four QDMA branches in Alexandria, Monroe, Benton and Baton Rouge, and the state chapter is in Alexandria.  For information about joining your local QDMA branch or chapter please contact Bob Stevens at 318-445-9224 or visit their Web site at www.qdma.com

A. Wilbert's Sons L.L.C. is the primary landowner and cooperator and is also providing technical, logistical and housing support for the researchers.  Michael J. Chamberlain, Ph.D., representing the LSU School of Renewable Natural Resources, is directing the research. 

The primary objectives of the study are to assess range and movements of male and female white-tailed deer, evaluate age and sex-specific harvest rates of white-tailed deer and evaluate survival and causes of death among male and female white-tailed deer.

"This telemetry project will provide valuable information for Louisiana deer and land managers," said Scott Durham.  "This information will help refine management plans dedicated to improving herd health and quality."

Researchers are conducting the study on approximately 40,000 acres of bottomland hardwood forest located west of Baton Rouge and east of the Atchafalaya Basin.  The study area is currently leased to more than 30 private hunting clubs, and each club belongs to a cooperative that promotes quality deer management on the property. 

White-tailed deer are an important economic and recreational resource across their entire range.  In Louisiana and other southeastern states, land managers are choosing strategies geared toward developing quality deer herds.  Because this management regime involves restricting harvest of younger-age-class bucks and increasing the harvest of females to lower herd density, substantial interest exists in understanding the effects of quality deer management on population characteristics.

For more information, contact Scott Durham at sdurham@wlf.louisiana.gov or 225-765-2351.