The Texas AgriLife Extension Service will conduct the multi-county Deer and Drought workshop from 8:30 a.m.-noon Oct. 28 in the Sutton County Civic Center in Sonora.
The program is being offered by the AgriLife Extension offices in Sutton, Crockett and Schleicher counties.
Pascual Hernandez, AgriLife Extension agent in Sutton County, said the importance of hunting to the region and the lingering statewide drought prompted the need for the workshop.
“The ongoing drought has impacted not just livestock, but wildlife and the hunting season as well,” Hernandez said. “The dry La Nina system that we’re told is in place again this fall will mean more stress to an already stressed wildlife population.”
Speakers will present information on the condition of the deer herds, fawn crops, turkey hatch and give their predictions for the upcoming season, he said.
“They’ll also discuss which primary-preference plants for deer and turkey were absent this year, what secondary or lesser-preference plants they had to make use of, and how that change may have impacted their body condition and possible trophy status.”
Hernandez said other presenters will discuss ways to meet the nutritional needs of wildlife on marginal rangelands and the most successful practices for conserving wildlife habitat during drought.
“The final topic will provide more details on the ever-growing impact of feral hogs and the best methods to control them as well as an explanation of the new Feral Hog Abatement Program,” he said.
Speakers will include Dr. Dale Rollins, AgriLife Extension wildlife specialist at San Angelo; Mary Humphreys, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department biologist at Sonora; and Dr. Charles “Butch” Taylor, superintendent of the Texas AgriLife Research Station at Sonora.
Three Texas Department of Agriculture continuing education units will be offered for those with a pesticide applicators license.
Individual registration is $10 due by Oct. 24 to the AgriLife Extension office in Sutton County.
For more information and registration, contact Hernandez at 325-387-3101, firstname.lastname@example.org