Genetic Variability of Kerr Area Deer Penned Deer Herd and Free-Ranging Deer in Texas
by Dr. Rodney Honeycutt - Texas A&M University
Dr. Honeycutt investigated the genetic variability or heterozygosity, of deer herds across the state. Kerr Area deer pen data was compared to the results obtained from free-ranging deer. It was found that the KWMA penned deer exhibited a higher degree of genetic variability than some free-ranging herds in East Texas even after 20+ years of breeding trials.