Release Date: 03/21/2006

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) has published a new book that will teach landowners and hunting clubs about deer habitat in Louisiana.

Checklist of Woody & Herbaceous Deer Food Plants of Louisiana details the various food plants that contribute to sound deer management; and it was written by LDWF Wildlife Division Administrator David Moreland.  To order a book, either call LDWFs publication circulation desk at 225-765-2918 or visit LDWFs library located inside their headquarters building at 2000 Quail Drive in Baton Rouge, open from 8 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. on weekdays. 

The book is designed to introduce landowners and deer hunters to the deer food plants of Louisiana, Moreland said.  Hopefully they will begin to recognize and identify the plants that deer use for food, which will help them better manage their habitat for deer.

Moreland came to the department in 1976 as a biologist.  He was the District 7 Game Division Supervisor from 1978 through 1992 and then was the Louisiana deer study leader until 2004. 

Moreland said this book started when he and his regional wildlife staff initiated a project to monitor plant regeneration and deer utilization on three experimental ironwood cuttings on the Pearl River Wildlife Management Area. 

This book started as a project in 1980 when we documented deer browsing on over 50 different plant species.  Moreland said.  When I became the deer study leader in 1992, I began developing the format for the book.  It has taken about five years to put the book together.

The book includes a habitat checklist to help landowners keep track of the quality and quantity of browse plants, a complete list of all the Louisiana woody and herbaceous plants, pictures and descriptions of the most significant Louisiana woody and herbaceous plants, explanation of browse surveys and how they help monitor deer herd growth and development, and how forage and orchard plantings can improve the deer habitat.

This book can also help non-deer hunters who want to improve their land for other wildlife species.  Anyone who has an interest in deer or an interest in the habitat can benefit from this book, Moreland said.  Deer can and do over browse native habitat, which creates problems for other wildlife species.  This book will help landowners identify deer habitat problems and what to do to maintain or develop their habitat for deer or other wildlife species.

The book was designed in three ring binder form to allow for future updates concerning new plant species utilized as food or new information about habitat management work.  The paper is both tear and water-resistant to withstand years of use in the outdoors.  Copies are $20 each plus tax and shipping, and all proceeds go to LDWF.

EDITORS: For more information, contact David Moreland at 225-765-2348 or