The white-tailed deer is the most popular game species in the United States. There are many biological, social, and economic reasons for maintaining deer populations. Thus, state wildlife agencies, private lands biologists, and landowners alike are all interested in improving habitat conditions for deer. Ideal deer habitat in the southeast includes access to forest plant communities that are associated with varying successional stages, ensuring the availability of quality forage and protective cover across and within years. In the southeastern United States, prescribed burning is a preferred practice for maintaining such a mosaic of vegetation communities and ensuring all deer needs are being met. In this article, we discuss the effects of prescribed fire, also referred to as controlled burning, on deer populations and provide recommendations for using prescribed fire to improve deer populations.
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