BODY AND REPRODUCTIVE CONDITIONS OF RED DEER YOUNG HINDS (CERVUS ELAPHUS L.) IN THE HUNTING GROUND PODUNAVLJE-PODRAVLJE (BARANJA REGION, CROATIA)

Dražen Degmečić, Tihomir Florijančić, Siniša Ozimec, Ivica Bošković, Dinko Jelkić
2013 Poljoprivreda  
The aim of the study was to determine inter-relation between body and reproductive conditions of young hinds of red deer living in the environmental conditions of wetland habitats. The research was carried out during the five hunting years: 2004/05 – 2008/09, on 62 young hinds in the hunting ground XIV/9 Podunavlje - Podravlje, situated in Baranja region of the eastern Croatia. Net body weight and presence of foetus in the womb were determined after the game culling. The highest net body weight
more » ... est net body weight was achieved during 2007/08 and 2008/09. Statistical significance (P<0.05) was confirmed in relation between years 2007/08 and 2005/06 and 2006/07. Mean net body weight of the pregnant young hinds is indicatively higher than of the non-pregnant hinds. Correlation between net body weight and fertilization is statistically significant (pregnant 66.13 kg; non-pregnant 50.71 kg). Favourable climatic and hydrological conditions during the hunting years 2007/08 and 2008/09 resulted in the above average body development of calves and young hinds, which is the requisite for reproductive conditions improvement in females and trophy potential in males.
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