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Mapping Deer Trails

Posted on February 10, 2013 by Alex Sobotta

I recently decided that after I graduate, I want to become a game warden.  One of the reasons I came to Wildlands this year was to see if it would inspire me more. So far, it has. What has inspired me most is a project that several students have been working on throughout the fall and winter, surveying the population of deer on Beaver Creek Reserve. This project led me to create my own Deer Project. My plan is to map the deer trails on the Beaver Creek Reserve using a GPS. To find the existing deer trails, I walked the regular trails until I discovered a good deer trail. I then walked the deer trail until it split off in a different direction. I labeled the trails in a notebook by how used the trail looks. Using the mapping program Arc GIS I plan to make a map that will show the trails and how used by the deer they are. This information is important because when other students want to know where the deer go the most for tracking or surveying purposes, they will have a map to follow. Hopefully the end product will be a reliable map that students can use in future deer projects.

I've just recently began this project, so I am still in the beginning phases.  First I did 2 GIS tutorials to help me learn to use the mapping software. Next I walked the normal trails to find the deer trails for tracking. The next step will be beginning to map the trails using Arc GIS. So far I have really enjoyed this project and I am very excited to continue it. I like to hunt and enjoy the outdoors, so this is a great project for me. I hope to be completed with this project by the end of the school year.




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