Body and Antler Size: What’s Soil Got to Do With It? Part II

July 15, 2016

In South Texas, rainfall is nearly worshiped by deer managers because a good rainfall year increases forage quality and quantity which in turn increases body mass and antler size. The positive relationship between rainfall and deer morphology brings up an interesting question. During wet years, can the increased forage quality and quantity overcome the negative influence of poor habitat? Could deer managers expect to produce large-antlered and fat bucks during wet years anywhere in South Texas?