Proceedings of the Annual Conference of the Southeastern Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies
White-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus) activity levels were estimated by track counts on 3 study sites in the Cross Timbers region of Oklahoma during 1978-79. An activity index (number of tracks/day) was developed from repetitive readings of 100 track plots (1 x 3 m) per site. Significant differences (P < 0.05) in monthly activity levels were found. Within-month and between-month variability was influenced by land-use patterns, ambient temperature shifts, changes in food resource availability, and deer behavior patterns. A seasonal bimodal pattern was observed, with peaks during late spring and fall-early winter, while lowered activity was observed during early spring and summer.
Ockenfels, R. A., and J. A. Bissonette. 1982. Estimates of white-tailed deer activity levels in Oklahoma. Proc. Annual Conf. Southeast. Assoc. Fish and Wildl. Agencies 36:445-453.