September is a prime month for conducting camera surveys for white-tailed deer. Camera surveys are a proven technique that managers and hunters can use for estimating population density, adult sex ratio, and buck age structure. Camera surveys require “feed stations” to be set up throughout the property and normally use one camera station per 100 acres. However, fewer cameras can be used depending on data needed. Surveys are normally conducted over a 10 to 20-day period. As described in 40 Miss Admin. Code, Part 2, Rule 2.4, a 21-day camera survey permit must be obtained from the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP). This permit is free of charge and can be requested online at www.mdwfp.com/deer.
MDWFP Deer Program biologists encourage managers to conduct a fall camera survey and gather data about the local deer herd to set deer harvest goals. “With access to deer density and quality estimates, hunters and mangers can set realistic harvest goals,” said Southwest Deer Program Biologist Kamen Campbell. “Adult sex ratio and buck age structure can also be analyzed to determine if your management program is successful.” MDWFP Deer Program biologists are glad to offer assistance to anyone wanting to learn more about camera surveys.
For more information regarding deer or deer hunting opportunities in Mississippi, visit our website at www.mdwfp.com/deer or call us at (601) 432-2199.