Deer Management Workshops Focus On Multiple Areas

Mississippi State University and the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks are conducting four workshops in Mississippi to help participants learn how to better manage white-tailed deer populations.

The workshops are in two-day sets, and participants can register for one or both days. Workshops will be held July 12-13 in Starkville at Mississippi State University and Aug. 9-10 at the Coastal Research and Extension Center in Biloxi.

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

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, 5 CLE Hours (Day 1) and 6 CLE Hours (Day 2) are available for professional loggers, 6 contact hours (Day 1) and 6.5 contact hours (Day 2) are available for professional wildlife biologists, and 2 CEU Hours are available for certified crop advisers.

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 Starkville workshops closes June 5. Registration for the Biloxi sessions closes July 26.

To register or for more information, visit www.cfr.msstate.edu/workshops/deer2013.

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