The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) and Louisiana State University (LSU) recently received a $1,000 donation from the Acadiana Sportsmen's League (ASL) and the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Foundation (LWFF) to help purchase equipment and supplies for a new deer telemetry project that started in the fall of 2006. The project is titled "Population Characteristics of a White-tailed Deer Herd in a Bottomland Hardwood Forest of South-central Louisiana."
"ASL donated $500 to the LWFF for the deer telemetry study," LDWF Deer Program Manager Scott Durham said. "The LWFF then matched ASL's donation to give us a $1,000 total donation for the study. This generous donation from ASL and LWFF will greatly improve the success of this research project."
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.
The ASL is a local non-profit affiliate of the Louisiana National Wildlife Federations that meets on the first Thursday of every month in either Rayne or Crowley.
The organization encourages outdoor education and conservation by supporting LDWF with their Hunter Education Program and Operation Game Thief. ASL members who are certified hunter education instructors teach 12 hunter education classes per year, certifying nearly 200 hunters annually.
For information on becoming a member of ASL, please visit their Web site at www.acadianasportsmen.org or call 337-781-3919.
The LWFF mission is to enhance and encourage public enjoyment and use of the wildlife and fisheries resources of Louisiana. They promote, develop, expand and improve the facilities of LDWF and the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission. The foundation accepts tax-deductible donations from individuals and corporations that help contribute to outdoor programs and insure that future generations will have access to quality outdoor recreational experiences. For information about the LWFF, please visit www.wlf.louisiana.gov/aboutldwf/fisheries_foundation.
A. Wilbert's Sons L.L.C. is the primary landowner and cooperator for the deer study 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 225-765-2351.