Selecting Land to Optimize Wildlife Goals

By Mike Porter, Senior Wildlife and Fisheries Consultant

Although most tracts of land offer wildlife management opportunities, wildlife goals are more easily attained on some properties than others. This article addresses some considerations that a prospective purchaser should consider when selecting a property for wildlife goals.

Go Native

Native wildlife primarily depend on native plants for habitat. Even though some wildlife species can adapt to plant community alterations better than others, more native plants usually is better than less.

Have Habitat

Every acre possible should provide optimum habitat for the target wildlife species so a property can support the maximum number of the target wildlife. Each wildlife species has specific habitat requirements. Habitat considerations are summarized below for some of the most commonly managed wildlife species in Oklahoma and Texas.

White-tailed deer

White-tailed deer is the most commonly targeted wildlife species among landowners in Oklahoma, Texas and most of the United States east of the Rocky Mountains.

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