Numerous whitetail deer studies over the past decade, including studies by Marengo County landowners in both controlled and free range situations have proven that introducing new quality genetics to an existing deer herd can have very positive results in both quality buck harvests and herd health. The Big Buck Project goals are to assist landowners with all the necessary information needed to implement a management program that will enhance the quality of both the landowner’s and Marengo County’s deer herd. Breeder deer with 200″ genetics will be available for landowners to purchase at special negotiated prices from selected Alabama Breeding Facilities. The Big Buck Project landowners believe a sustained initiative of introducing trophy whitetail genetics to the current Marengo County deer herd along with hunter education and better habitat management will help produce a whitetail deer herd in Marengo County that is second to none. The following diagram illustrates the genetic impact that only 2 breeder bucks can have on the native deer herd.
The above illustration incorporates data from multiple whitetail deer studies and takes into consideration fawn mortality, natural mortality, and deer harvest data compiled from national, regional, and local surveys.
According to multiple studies conducted from Texas to Florida over the past decade, the following represents an average compilation of whitetail reproduction data across the southeast:
Average number of does bred per breeder buck: 5
Average fawn birth rate per doe: 1.5
Fawn survival rate (recruitment) 50%
Attrition rate: 45% during 2nd year, 68% during 3rd year, 84% during 4th year, 90 % during 5th year, 93 % during 6th year, 96% during the 7th year, 98% during the 8th year, 99% during the 10th year, 100% during the 10th year.