- Alkon, Phillip U.
University of Maine Graduate School
In terms of both its esthetic and economic value, few of our wild animals exceed the white-deer in importance. It is the most sought-after big game animal on this content, and has been the subject of intensive study by amateur naturalist and professional biologist alike. This deer, as no other mammal, epitomizes a large part of the American natural scene. Only through sound management, based on a thorough knowledge of its habits and requirements, will the maximum benefits of this valuable resource be realized.
Nutrition has long played a major role in the management of domestic animals. Indeed, satisfying the nutritional requirements of the animals concerned is the basis of livestock production. Only recently, however, has the importance of nutrition to the successful management of wild species been appreciated. The present study was an attempt to determine the effect of time of cutting on the value of hardwood slash as winter deer food.