A hunting program was instituted in a previously un-hunted 836-ha county park in New Jersey for white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus) in 1994. Harvested deer were aged and weighed. The reproductive tracts of female deer were examined and the number of embryos counted. Hierarchical Bayes modeling was used to examine whether or not compensatory reproduction was occurring in the park. Compensatory reproduction is an issue which is frequently raised by anti-hunting groups.
Digital Object Identifier: 10.1214/11-IMSCOLL817