If the regeneration is poor,do to poor soils then there will be less food and less deer.
That's not what he's saying.READ THISGoosehunter said:In areas of continuous forest, with no agriculture for miles around, it would appear that the PH of the soil has affected what grows there.
For many years now I was under the impression that the over abundant deer herd was the reason for nothing worth while growing.
You can throw out the theory of the biological carrying capacity can be adjusted by shooting more deer and it'll give more deer.
The PH of the soil is looking more like the only thing affecting the deer numbers.
Kind of think you're right. I wonder what the PH of those tested samples was say 20 years ago. Are our forests becoming more acidic?Wiz said:You also have to wonder how the long-term suppression of fire has contributed to the low pH observed.
Something tells me the tailspin of the PA forest started long before the deer population got out of control and the excessive deer population only made it worse.
Maybe, but DMAP & lack of timber harvest absolutely have a much bigger effect.Goosehunter said:Could the soil PH cause the deer herd to be very low in these regions?