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The Ruff Study – Still Used In Deer Management


Last updated 9/4/2017 at 4:40pm

David Whitmire

The Ruff Study was one of the first studies published about deer management and is still referenced today.

On July 15, 1937 Fredrick J. Ruff submitted his original copy of "The Whitetail Deer of the Pisgah National Game Preserve," thus completing one of the first studies on whitetail deer in the country. Ruff was the Assistant Forester and the bulk of his study was done in Transylvania County in the Pisgah District of Pisgah National Forest.

The report was driven by the success of the Pisgah Game Preserve formed in 1917 when the deer herd population had increased to the point where reduction or regulation was needed. As the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) was mainly a land management and forestry a...

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