Table 1.

Total reported cultivated acres, deer affected acres, and minimum and maximum loss estimates in Division regions for 1997.
Division Region Sample size answering questions Sum of cultivated acres Sum of deer 'affected' acres Percent of cultivated acres 'affected' by deer Sum of minimum $ loss estimates Sum of maximum $ loss estimates
Northern region 662 66,361 28,808 43% $1,760,599 $2,866,503
Central region 539 61,960 20,573 33% 2,210,652 3,432,243
Southern region 636 68,721 18,664 27% 1,761,700 3,814,582
Statewide 1837 197,043 68,046 34% $5,732,951 $10,113,328
'Affected' acres does not mean 100% of a crop was destroyed on those acres. For example, in a 100 acre field reported 'affected' by deer, perhaps only 12 acres were 'affected' with a 50% yield loss--resulting in a 6% overall loss to the producer.

  1. Rutgers
  2. Executive Dean of Agriculture and Natural Resources
  3. School of Environmental and Biological Sciences