Movements of female white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus) at Chesapeake Farms, Maryland and the Great Cypress Swamp, Delaware
Kolodzinski, Jeffrey John
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I used GPS collars and frequent sampling (?24 locations/day) to document the movements of 27 female white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus) at two study sites with high density herds and equal sex ratios. I used monthly datasets to describe the accuracy of home range analyses based on differing sampling regimes and quantified the errors associated with each regime. Results confirmed that kernel home range calculations were more reliable than minimum convex polygon (MCP) methods; however, large errors were also associated with kernel areas calculated from small datasets. Intensive sampling regimes also allowed me to report short-term excursions by female deer during the suspected time conception. This is one of the first studies to document these movements in high-density, well-managed herds. Finally, intensive sampling regimes helped to reveal a rhythmic-like pattern in the daily-distance traveled by female deer. The cause for this pattern was not determined but opens the door for future research.