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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 03-08-2012, 02:12 AM Thread Starter
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Hypotheses...

As I already posted under my "AR/HR Stats" post last week, I'm writing a paper/presentation on different areas for my Stats class in Waynesburg's masters program.
Our assignment asks for us to form 3 hypotheses on the topic of choice.
I was wondering what idea you all had on the issue at hand. It can be anything you desire, just want to see what ideas everyone has...
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Re: Hypotheses...

GC,

I think there are several hypotheses to form around AR/HR for your class...
AR was implemented to recruit more 1.5yo to the 2.5yo age class so you would have to view a breakdown pre and post AR by harvests
Also most AR program have the "side effect" of increasing the antlerless harvests...again look at the pre-and post, but what throws a curveball in your numbers is season structure changed as well.
My new "pot stirring" thought is that we are high-grading the buck population by making the highest quality 1.5yo vulnerable to harvest and leaving the "inferior" ones to move up an age class...but that is a whole other issue!

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Re: Hypotheses...

1. Tags per harvest for both Antlered and bald.

2. Average antler size per age class.

3. Pregnancies per female in both classes. (fawn and adult)

4. Statistical comparison of sample size vs herd size over the years.

Keep us posted on what you decide and the results. Waugh!

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Re: Hypotheses...

Thanks guy I really appreciate it. I'm going to churn up some ideas and implement the stats I was given on my previous post to put together a paper to portray such data. The teacher seems inclined to learn about PA deer issues as he himself is not a hunter, so I feel with the given stats I will have his attention.

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The PA LFBC Deer Audit should provide some good points for you to pursue:

http://lbfc.legis.state.pa.us/report...relatedarticle


Follow up with contacting the GC for information. They are supportive of these sort of educational inquiries.

Is your position a short term gain - or a long term loss? Separate the issues.
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