I grew up hunting this wma in the 70's. Have a ton of memories there with my dad and brother. I moved away after graduating high school. I have moved back to north fl and put in for the draw hunt. I made the hunt and started reading and looking on topo maps and find that it has changed tremendously. It was nothing to see 15 plus deer in a hunt. From what I have read suggest that the deer population has really declined. Seems like there is a lot more traffic than just hunting now days.
My question to you all is: is it as bad as I have been reading? If any of you have been in the area pass along your thoughts. I plan on scouting the same areas that I hunted with my dad so I'm not asking for information on where the deer are. I guess I'm wanting info on what's happened over the last few years.
Thanks in advance
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Place is managed for the red cockaded woodpecker per lawsuit so eff deer and quail.
Most of the jeep club claim to be doing a service by holding garbage runs but they are mostly cleaning up after them selves,
Virtually all of the Unit was/is deep sandy soil, very poor in fertility and covered with small Turkey Oak. The best soils were in the Tillis Hill area and just south of highway 480, and the deer were a little healthier and larger there. Overall the carrying capacity of the land was probably about one deer to every 40 acres whereas on the average over most of Florida the carrying capacity will probably run about 1 to 20 acres. (There are areas in the Tallahassee Red Hills that will run about 1 to 8, 10 acres---Tall Timbers Research Station, Alavaya and River Ridge Plantations for example). [Then there's my one acre garden which will run about 8-10 deer every night that my electric fence isn't on :hairraiser]
I have no idea what the status presently is of the Citrus Unit deer herd, but I really doubt if the total deer population on this part of the Forest should, health wise, exceed 1,200-1,400 deer over the 43,000+ - acres. The Richloam Area has much better soils and I would think the deer herd there is larger.
Thanks again folks