Workshop will offer tools for wildlife management

ABILENE – Texas Cooperative Extension will host the “Texas Wildlife Experience-Toolbox For Success” workshop on Feb. 22 in conjunction with the Texas Farm, Ranch and Wildlife Management Expo.

The program will be from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. in the Western Heritage Ranch House, next to the general offices of the Taylor County Expo.

“Wildlife continues to grow as an important source of income throughout our entire region,” said Gary Bomar, Extension agent in Taylor County. “This program’s purpose is to help producers recognize and optimize the growing list of activities and governmental options currently available to them. We’ve gathered some of the best in the business to present this information. This program will be a day well spent for anybody in the wildlife business, or for those contemplating entering the industry.”

The program’s scheduled topics are:

Reading the Land - The Key to Better Management

From Goals to Implementation - The Lowdown on Federal and State Programs Wildlife Cooperatives and Associations

Legislative Issues and Updates

Developing Deer Genetics - What it Really Takes

Rio Grande Turkey Management

Texas Quail Index

Feral Hog Management - Making a Silk Purse From a Sow’s Ear.”

Presenters are: Steve Nelle, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department biologist, San Angelo; Chuck Kowaleski, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department farm bill coordinator, Temple; David K. Langford, Texas Wildlife Association, Comfort; Debbe and Johnny Hudman, Stasney-Cook Ranch, Albany; Kathy McGinty, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department biologist, Abilene; Mike McMurry, Texas Department of Agriculture, Giddings; Homer and Earline Hutto, Cedar Gap Farm, Tuscola; and Rob Hailey, Hailey Ranch, Abilene.

Workshop sponsors are Extension, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, Abilene Chamber of Commerce and the Texas Wildlife Association.

Individual registration is $35 per person if received by Feb. 15; after that date it is $50 per person. The fee includes lunch, a “meet the speakers” social, dinner and notebook.

Further information is available from the Extension office in Taylor County at (325) 672-6048.

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