Monthly Archives: April 2013

Wildlife Management in Kerr County, Brown County

It looks like there will be a chance for land managers in Kerr County and Brown County to learn more about wildlife management. The focus of the trainings will focus on habitat enhancement for wildlife.Two interagency range and wildlife management field days for landowners, land managers and brush control contractors operating in possible endangered species habitat have been scheduled in late May. The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service will conduct the meetings in cooperation with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, the U.S. Department of Agriculture-Natural Resources Conservation Service, Texas Grazing Lands Conservation Initiative and the Texas Section Society for Range Management.

“Both field days will follow a similar agenda but are tailored for their specific site,” said Brian Hays, AgriLife Extension associate director, Texas A&M Institute of Renewable Natural Resources, Gatesville. “Registration for each site will last from 7:45 – 8:15 a.m. followed by the programs which should conclude by 4:15 p.m. The first field day is set for May 29 at the Muse Wildlife Management Area located on County Road 478 about a mile and a half north of Farm To Market Road 1467 in northeastern Brown County. Continue reading

Range & Habitat Management to Mitigate Drought

Landowners interested in habitat management for wildlife and/or range management for grazing animals should consider attending the Holistic Management International (HMI) field day that will take place in Boerne, Texas, on May 10. This is for Texas landowners that are interested in long-term, sustainable grazing of livestock into the future. Since proper grazing management go hand-in-hand with habitat for wildlife, you can’t go wrong here if you want to do good for the critters found on your property, too!

Habitat Management – Spring Creek Ranch Day Announcement

HMI: Our Spring Creek Ranch day is part of HMI’s new Open Gate On-Farm Learning Series. Open Gate is an action-based approach to learning. You — and the group — have the opportunity to identify common problems and discuss common solutions in a friendly atmosphere. With experienced facilitators and producers on hand, the goal of the day is to identify and solve a current problem — and to create a forum for sharing practices, ideas, advice, and solutions to that problem. The process: small groups of people come together to work on something that is real and current, and each person gets individual time from the others. When you leave at the end of the day, you’ll take away practical ideas on how you can increase profit, production and performance for a sustainable ranch operation. These strategies will also help with whitetail deer management and improve habitat. Continue reading

Deer Management for Wildlife Diversity, Wildlife Management

If enjoy wildlife and native plants then it may be time to revisit deer management. Let’s face it, not every landowner has the same passion for white-tailed deer that many others do. They still however desire to have wildlife on their property. Some have never hunted and may never have plans to hunt deer. In fact, the thought of removing any wildlife from their property may seem counterintuitive to their goals of attracting wildlife. It is important for any landowner to understand that in order to provide the habitat necessary to attract a variety of wildlife you will likely have to become involved in deer management as part of an overall wildlife management program.

This does not mean that landowners must manage for trophy bucks, but all property owners should be concerned with deer population management. One of the biggest culprits of poor habitat conditions is the white-tailed deer. Deer eat plants and there is only a limited amount of them on a given piece of property. If deer populations are allowed to grow beyond the lands capacity to support those animals then you will begin to see a reduction in biomass, or plant material such as leaves and stems. Over just a short period of time this can greatly alter the habitat — the habitat used by both deer and other wildlife species. Continue reading