GATESVILLE — The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service will conduct a multicounty Range and Wildlife Management Field Day on May 6 at Harman School Community Center and at the Hannah Ranch.
The event for landowners interested in managing both wildlife and livestock on their ranches will be from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the center, which is about four miles off Farm-to-Market 580 on Harmon Road.
Admission to the workshop is $10 per person and includes lunch and three Texas Department of Agriculture continuing education units. For those who want to get 5.5 Property Tax Professional continuing education units for tax appraisers, the cost will be $25.
After lunch, the workshop will move to the Hannah Ranch for rangeland demonstrations.
“Many landowners in Texas are beginning to see the value in managing for wildlife on their ranch,” said Brian Hays, associate director of the Texas A&M Institute of Renewable Natural Resources and a speaker at the program.
“Landowners interested in managing for wildlife can take advantage of various incentive programs to diversify their income through good land stewardship for livestock and wildlife,” Hays said.
AgriLife Extension staff will discuss quail and turkey biology and management, feral hog biology and abatement, and rangeland evaluation during the morning session, said Pasquale Swaner, AgriLife Extension agent for Coryell County.
A Texas Parks & Wildlife Department expert will speak on wildlife management planning and Proposition 11, which allows landowners to retain their agricultural property tax valuation for wildlife management.
A U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service expert will discuss proper brush management techniques such as dozing, prescribed fire and herbicide application.
“A particular focus will be given to quail because of their popularity as a game species, the extreme decline they’ve seen recently and the fact that habitat that produces quail also supports scores of other wildlife species in the rangelands of Texas,” said Mike Marshall, AgriLife Extension associate for the institute.
“We will also focus on feral hog abatement, as hogs have detrimental impacts on the wildlife landowners manage for,”
At the Hannah Ranch, attendees will observe demonstrations on calculating stocking rates, plant identification, habitat assessment and feral hog trapping.
Lunch will be provided by Coryell County from a Texas Department of Agriculture County Hog Abatement Matching Program, or CHAMP, grant.
Anyone interested in the field day needs to register by May 2 by contacting AgriLife Extension offices in Coryell County at 254-865-2414, Hamilton County at 254-386-3514 or Lampasas County at 512-556-8271.