Mississippi Offering Deer Management Workshops

Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks and Mississippi State University are planning four workshops throughout the state to teach participants how to better manage their land for white-tailed deer.

The workshops are in two-day sets, and participants may register for one or both days. Workshops will be held June 1 in Vicksburg at Hinds Community College and June 2 at Mahannah Wildlife Management Area north of Vicksburg. The workshops on the MSU campus will be July 13-14 at the College of Forest Resources’ Thompson Hall.

Day One will cover management concepts related to white-tailed deer. Topics include setting up a camera survey; deer habitat, nutrition, and ecology; food plots; harvest management; and hunter recruitment. Day Two covers hands-on management applications. These topics include camera survey photograph analysis; food plot management; science of harvesting deer, scoring antlers; aging deer; and butchering and meat handling.

Cost for the workshops is $95 per day or $180 for both days. This fee covers registration, materials, lunch, and a t-shirt or cap. Continuing forestry education credits (5 Category 1-CF hours) are available for registered foresters. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m., and the programs run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Attendance is limited to 70 participants on Day One and 30 on Day Two. Registration for the Vicksburg workshops closes May 18. Registration for the MSU sessions closes June 29.

These workshops are offered through the MSU College of Forest Resources, the MSU Extension Service and the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks. To register, or for more information, visit http://www.cfr.msstate.edu/workshops/deer2012.