Deer Monitoring

Upham Woods has begun its first round of deer monitoring of the year. Trail cameras were placed at various spots on Blackhawk Island. The pictures captured by these cameras is being compiled into a report to give insight on current deer herd trends and inform management decisions. So far, we have been able to estimate the doe to buck ratio of 1.33 does to every buck which is very close to the target of 1 to 1. We have also begun to track the rate of deer observations which helps us calculate the relative abundance of deer, and over the long term, if management practices are being effective. We were also able to capture some pictures of other critters including turkeys, coyotes, and a bald eagle!