Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Science - Forestry



First Advisor

Brian P. Oswald

Second Advisor

Kathryn R. Kidd

Third Advisor

Jessica Glasscock


Fire is a management tool for white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus) habitat, influencing browse availability, herbaceous production, and nutrient content. In 2020 and 2021, this study utilized 46 plots across East Texas to assess these habitat components. A stem count index survey method was used to assess browse utilization prior to April in both years, and preferred browse species were clipped and analyzed for nutrient availability, and herbaceous production was also measured. Additionally, white-tailed deer population data, browse survey data, and recent fire history were obtained from five different wildlife management areas to examine their relationship. Deer had preferences to adjusted crude protein, magnesium, and potassium. Crude protein, net energy for maintenance, field dressed weight, fawn to doe ratios, deer density, and preferred herbaceous biomass were generally higher with a more frequent burn regime. For achieving desired white-tailed deer long-term management results, site-specific burning with the appropriate frequency is crucial.

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