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Raymond J. Winchcombe

Wildlife Biologist | BS

Expertise: wildlife, deer management

Mr. Winchcombe's research focuses on effective ways of managing whitetail deer on the Cary Institute's grounds. The primary goals of the Cary Institute deer management program are to protect the structure and function of our forested ecosystems, and minimize damage or interference by deer to research, education efforts, and landscape plantings. The four major components the program include:

  1. Vegetation monitoring via browse surveys.
  2. Monitoring deer abundance with counts and observations.
  3. Specific site protection (as necessary) using fencing and repellents.
  4. Deer population control using annual reductions via a controlled access hunt.
Seekell, David A., Timothy J. Cline, and Raymond J. Winchcombe. 2013. “Can Management Reduce Harvest Inequality In Recreational Fisheries?”. North American Journal Of Fisheries Management 33 (1): 148 - 152. doi:10.1080/02755947.2012.746246.
Levine, Carrie R., Raymond J. Winchcombe, Charles D. Canham, Lynn M. Christenson, and Margaret L. Ronsheim. 2012. “Deer Impacts On Seed Banks And Saplings In Eastern New York”. Northeast. Nat. 19: 49-66.
Levine, Carrie R., Raymond J. Winchcombe, Charles D. Canham, Lynn M. Christenson, and Margaret L. Ronsheim. 2011. “Effects Of Deer Exclusion On Seed Banks And Sapling Regeneration In Northeast Forests”. Northeast. Nat.
Seekell, David A., Chase J. Brosseau, Timothy J. Cline, Raymond J. Winchcombe, and L.Z. Zinn. 2011. “Long-Term Changes In Recreational Catch Inequality In A Trout Stream”. N. Am. J. Fish. Manage 31: 1110-1115. http://www.caryinstitute.org/reprints/Seekel_etal_2011_NAJFM.pdf.
Winchcombe, Raymond J. 2010. “Hunting For Balance”. Wildlife Professional 4: 48-50. http://www.caryinstitute.org/reprints/Winchcombe_2010_WildProf.pdf.
Ostfeld, Richard S., Charles D. Canham, K. Oggenfuss, Raymond J. Winchcombe, and Felicia Keesing. 2006. “Climate, Deer, Rodents, And Acorns As Determinants Of Variation In Lyme-Disease Risk”. Plos Biology 4: e145. http://www.caryinstitute.org/reprints/Ostfeld_PLOS_2006.pdf.
Winchcombe, Raymond J., and Richard S. Ostfeld. 2001. “Bowhunter Observations Versus Spotlighting As An Index To Deer Abundance”. Northeast. Wildl. 56: 39-48. http://www.caryinstitute.org/reprints/Winchcombe_and_Ostfeld_2001_Northeast_Wildlife_56_39-48.pdf.
Winchcombe, Raymond J., and Richard S. Ostfeld. 2001. “Indexing Deer Numbers With Spotlighting: A Long-Term Study Of A Managed Deer Population”. Northeast. Wildl. 56: 31-38. http://www.caryinstitute.org/reprints/Winchcombe_and_Ostfeld_2001_Northeast_Wildlife_56_31-38.pdf.
Winchcombe, Raymond J. 1993. “Controlled Access Hunting For Deer Population Management: A Case Study”. Northeast. Wildl. 50: 1-9.
Winchcombe, Raymond J. 1992. “Minimizing Deer Damage To Forest Vegetation Through Aggressive Deer Population Management”. Proc. East. Wildl. Damage Control Conf 5: 182-186.
Winchcombe, Raymond J. 1991. “Deer Management At The Institute Of Ecosystem Studies Mary Flagler Cary Arboretum”. Wildl. Damage News.
Ellingwood, M.R., J. B. McAninch, and Raymond J. Winchcombe. 1984. “Directions In Deer Fencing”. Proc. N.y. Hort. Soc. 129: 90-91.
McAninch, J. B., M.R. Ellingwood, and Raymond J. Winchcombe. 1983. “Deer Damage Control In New York Agriculture”. N.y. State Dep. Agric. Mark. Bull., 16.