Revealed: The Truth About Spotlight Deer Surveys

Revealed: The Truth About Spotlight Deer Surveys

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State wildlife agencies use spotlight surveys, and hunters sometimes do this on their own property along with game camera photos to keep up with bucks and does.

Hunters expect wildlife managers to determine how many deer there are in an area, and biologists strive to do so. Common approaches to examine deer population size and trends include harvest data reconstruction, pellet and track counts, and browse, camera, aerial, infrared and thermal-imaging surveys.

By John J. Ozoga

Probably one of the most popular methods used for deer population estimation, especially on small private parcels, has been the spotlight survey. This system has been well studied…



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