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Effects of Supplemental Deer Feeders on Artificial Ground Nest Success in Southeastern Arkansas

Supplemental deer feeders have become a popular management tool used by private landowners and land managers to influence the temporal and spatial dynamics of deer distribution during hunting season.  However, it is common practice for deer feeders to remain active year-round.  Deer feeders are known to attract many non-target species, and in some cases this supplemental food source may facilitate increase population growth of some species of mesopredators, such as the raccoon.  A growing concern among wildlife professionals is that year-round feeding of deer may negatively impact nest survival rates of ground nesting birds, such as wild turkey.  Thus, we are collaborating with the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission to investigate the impacts of active deer feeders during the primary turkey nesting season on the survival rates of artificial ground nest.  Dr. Douglas Osborne ( is the principle investigator and the project is being conducted by a M.S. assistant, Kathy Brautigam (

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UA Division of Agriculture  -  Agricultural Experiment Station  -  Cooperative Extension Service  -  School of Forest Resources  -  UA-Monticello

Arkansas Forest Resources Center, P.O. Box 3468, 110 University Ct., Monicello, AR 71656
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