New Woody Plants Publication

Common Woody Browse Plants Utilized by White-tailed Deer in South Texas

Over the past few decades, the value of woody browse plants to white-tailed deer and other wildlife has become widely recognized by many landowners and managers in South Texas. Several field guides exist, but few describe the preference values for white-tailed deer. Daniel Kunz and Eric Garza, District 8 TPWD biologists, along with the help of Michael Wallace, assembled the booklet Common Woody Browse Plants Utilized by White-Tailed Deer in South Texas.

The cover of this 11-page booklet provides a short introduction on the value of woody browse plants to white-tailed deer. Inside, you will find color photos of woody browse plants along with their common name, scientific name, and a description of each plant. Browse plants are grouped into “First Choice,” “Second Choice,” and “Third Choice” categories.

Evaluating grazing pressure and seedling recruitment of these plants can help you in evaluating the health of the habitat. If you are interested in obtaining a copy of the Common Woody Browse Plants Utilized by White-Tailed Deer in South Texas, you may print the booklet by clicking here, contact your local TPWD biologist, or email MKDominguez@ag.tamu.edu to obtain a hard copy.

Special thanks to Ryan Darr and Dustin Windsor, TPWD Biologists, for this useful information.

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