Biology and Management of White-tailed Deer

David G. Hewitt

June 24, 2011 by CRC Press
Reference - 686 Pages - 210 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781439806517 - CAT# K10323


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  • Summarizes and synthesizes biological information on the most abundant and widespread large mammal in North America
  • Highlights the importance of deer habitat management within the context of the management of wildlife at the ecosystem scale
  • Fills a void in information on modern management techniques that can be utilized by both professional and lay managers
  • Addresses the new set of management challenges in urban/suburban areas where traditional management techniques are not feasible
  • Includes a CD-ROM with color illustrations


Winner of the Wildlife Society Outstanding Edited Book Award for 2013!

Winner of the Texas Chapter of The Wildlife Society Outstanding Book Award for 2011!

Winner of a CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title Award for 2011!

Biology and Management of White-tailed Deer organizes and presents information on the most studied large mammal species in the world. The book covers the evolutionary history of the species, its anatomy, physiology, and nutrition, population dynamics, and ecology across its vast range (from central Canada through northern South America). The book then discusses the history of management of white-tailed deer, beginning with early Native Americans and progressing through management by Europeans and examining population lows in the early 1900s, restocking efforts through the mid 1900s, and recent, overabundant populations that are becoming difficult to manage in many areas.


  • Co-published with the Quality Deer Management Association
  • Compiles valuable information for white-tailed deer enthusiasts, managers, and biologists
  • Written by an authoritative author team from diverse backgrounds
  • Integrates white-tailed deer biology and management into a single volume
  • Provides a thorough treatment of white-tailed deer antler biology
  • Includes a CD-ROM with color images

The backbone of many state wildlife management agencies' policies and a featured hunting species through much of their range, white-tailed deer are an important species ecologically, socially, and scientifically in most areas of North America. Highly adaptable and now living in close proximity to humans in many areas, white-tailed deer are both the face of nature and the source of conflict with motorists, home-owners, and agricultural producers. Capturing the diverse aspects of white-tailed deer research, Biology and Management of White-tailed Deer is a reflection of the resources invested in the study of the species’ effects on ecosystems, predator-prey dynamics, population regulation, foraging behavior, and browser physiology.