Brown hare is an important game species in Flanders, hunted in almost every game management unit (GMU). In recent years, however, bag sizes for the species have gradually declined. In addition, brown hare is a species that is characterised by large annual fluctuations in population size. It is therefore important for GMUs to gain insight into population numbers, preferably prior to the hunting season, as a basis to determine the annual bag. When GMUs were set up in Flanders, reports on annual spring population estimates per GMU were made mandatory for several game species, including brown hare.
Analysis of the usefulness of transect counts in monitoring local brown hare populations
- Instituut voor Natuur- en Bosonderzoek - INBO
- Publication date
- March 2018
- Frank Huysentruyt, Thomas Scheppers, Pieter Verschelde, Thierry Onkelinx, Jim Casaer