WILDLIFE ON KIAWAH ISLAND

WHITE-TAILED DEER SPOTLIGHT SURVEY RESULTS

January 23-24, 2012

White-tailed deer buck

Bucks

Does

Fawns

Unidentified

Total Observed

Acres of Visibility

Acres per deer

Deer per square mile

12.5

16.0

3.5

14.0

46.0

552.2

12.0

53

Table 1. 2 night average of deer seen during survey along with estimated deer density.
Additional survey information

Category

Value

Does per buck (does/bucks)

1.3

Fawns per doe (fawns/does)

0.22

Herd Increment (fawn/bucks+does)

0.12

Percent Identified

70%

View more information on Kiawah's deer population including historic survey data
Location: Route is 18.2 miles long and covers most of Kiawah Island
Participants: Jim Jordan (TOKI), Aaron Given (TOKI), William Oakley
Notes:
A total of 92 deer were seen during this 2 night survey, including 25 bucks, 32 does, 7 fawns, and 28 that were unidentified. The overall density of 53 deer per square mile is within management goals.  Other notable sightings included 4 bobcats (1 with a GPS collar) and 2 collared does from a previous research project.  One of the collared does (Blue 11) was captured as an adult in 2002, making her at least 12 years old.  Additional details are provided below.    
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