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  1. Nathan Peak

    Nathan Peak Fawn

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    D.C. Do we have different subspecies of whitetail in Kentucky. If so what are the different subspecies and what are their ranges.


    Thanks in advace
     
  2. CSS archer

    CSS archer BBBC Members

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    DC may not be aware of the site change at this time.

    We only have one variety of whitetail in KY. We did receive some MI deer in the 50's, but most of the restoration was from KY deer.

    Variations in size are due to habitat conditions and deer densities. The more contiguous woodland,especially without timber harvest, the fewer deer it can support and typically body size will be smaller.
     
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  3. Nathan Peak

    Nathan Peak Fawn

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    Thanks for the reply CSS. I read an article on a website that said several states and provences had different subspecies of whitetail deer. I thought we could possibly have more than one subspecies.

    Thanks again
    Nathan
     
  4. DC

    DC Spike

    Here's an excerpt from a new book about large mammal restoration. Some of us Kentuckians helped write it. The excerpt was penned by Jon Gassett.

    "In 1927 the deer herd in Kentucky reached its all-time low of less than 1,000; at this time there were deer in only 4 KY counties."

    The first deer released in KY (several migrated from adjoining states) were 30 which came from WI--to what is now known as LBL. Another 50 came from WI and a handful from Oklahoma and Tennessee from 1939-1953.

    In total nearly 10,000 deer were moved around Kentucky to get us where we are today. All but a few hundred came from herds growing in Kentucky.

    KY's deer restoration program didn't really start working well until the formula to release 500 deer in a county was set. This was a number large enough to get ahead of translocation myopathy (some studies show that up to 21% of deer moved die within a few weeks)and poachers.
     
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  5. Nathan Peak

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    Thanks for the replies css and DC.

    Thanks again
     
  6. Valley Station

    Valley Station Cyber-Hunter

    DC,

    What four(4) Ky counties still had a deer population in 1927 ?
    Thru the years, I've heard stories from "old timers".
    Appreciate It.
     
  7. HuntressOfLight

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    Interesting old thread, particularly the fourth post.
     

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