Farm Bureau, Extension Office to co-sponsor wildlife clinic

Big antlered deer and abundant birds are not only the dream of every young and old hunter, but also of farmers and ranchers. Unfortunately, dreams do not always come easy. In many cases, the “secret” to successful wildlife operations starts with proper management. According to county Extension agent Jerry Kidd, “In recent years, game managers and ranchers have come to realize the economic potential that wildlife can generate. Many have had to drastically change their views on how they manage their ranch and farm resources in order to maximize their profits.” On Monday Sept. 17, the McCulloch County Extension Program Council and the Farm Bureau are co-sponsoring a two hour wildlife clinic for interested hunters and producers. The meeting will be held in the County Farm Bureau meeting room, and registration will start at 5:45 p.m., with the meeting beginning at 6:00 p.m. San Angelo’s Texas Cooperative Extension Wildlife specialists Dr. Dale Rollins and Mr. Ken Cearley, along with McCulloch County 4-H Buckskin Brigade cadet Casey Kidd, will focus on the dynamics of balancing whitetail deer populations, including topics on basic deer population census and monitoring systems. Wildlife nutritional aspects and use of “flow free treated” cottonseed in whitetail deer food plots will be reviewed by Mike Whitworth, McCulloch county rancher. Following the presentation, a question and answer session on wildlife management will be conducted by the group. There is no charge for registration, but interested persons are asked to contact the county Extension office at 597-1295 and RSVP, as seating is limited.

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