Vadföldi növények szerepe a gímszarvas táplálékában Valkón.

Novák, Gergely and Katona, Krisztián (2014) Vadföldi növények szerepe a gímszarvas táplálékában Valkón. VADBIOLÓGIA, 16. pp. 27-32. ISSN 0237-5710


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Red deer is an emblematic species of Hungarian game management. In the maintenance of good quality deer populations establishment of a network of food plots in the hunting area can be a helpful tool. Since cultivation of game plots can be very expensive, information on the utilisation of the plots and the forages provided there is needed. In our study we investigated the utilisation of four game plots by red deer in Valkó from May 2008 to February 2009. Our study aim was to determine the intensity of area use by deer on food plots and reveal the proportion of food plot forage in the diet of red deer individuals visiting the food plot. We carried out seasonal faeces counts and microhistological faeces analyses. We found that red deer appear in food plots in every season, although there were differences in the deer dropping density between different game plots. The proportion of rye (Secale cereale) available in all food plots sampled and that of maize (Zea mays) provided as winter supplementary food was very low in the diet of deer. Generally, both components represented less than 10 % of the individual diet. We suggest that in the diet of red deer food plot forage - or at least rye - should not be fundamental. Nevertheless, we have no information on the potential positive physiological impacts of consumed food plot forage. We recommend cultivating more various plant food resources in game plots to make those plots more attractive to deer. We also propose establish and maintain diverse understory in the forest because it usually solves as basic food supply for deer.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Q Science / természettudomány > QH Natural history / természetrajz > QH540 Ecology / ökológia
S Agriculture / mezőgazdaság > SK Hunting sports / vadgazdálkodás, vadászat
Depositing User: Dr Krisztián Katona
Date Deposited: 14 Sep 2014 14:01
Last Modified: 14 Sep 2014 14:01

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