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Land management for trophy bucks takes years

Mississippi is one of the best places in the country for deer hunting because of excellent natural habitat and good management by landowners and hunters.

Bronson Strickland, wildlife specialist with the Mississippi State University Extension Service, said bagging a trophy buck is the successful result of time and careful implementation...

12/12/2013

Deer hunters need wild hog awareness

Most deer hunters will not encounter wild hogs, but if they do, wildlife biologists want them to be prepared.

At a recent wild hog seminar in Pontotoc, wildlife biologists emphasized the trouble these disease-carrying pests can cause human and wildlife populations. Speakers addressed the environmental impacts, the threats to fawns and ...

12/12/2013

December seminar targets wild hog damage, control

Farmers and landowners know that wild hogs are not just nuisances; they are disease-carrying, destructive, invasive thieves that cannot be ignored.

Mississippi State University Extension Service is sponsoring a seminar in Pontotoc to educate the public on the need to manage the exploding population of wild hogs. The workshop will take ...

11/15/2013

Buffers benefit bobwhite area quail and songbirds

Quail season will open in Mississippi Nov. 21 with relatively low bird populations, but new agricultural practices may provide a boost for the bob-white-whistling game fowl.

A recent Mississippi State University-led study found that implementation of an agricultural initiative known as Conservation Practice 33 - Habitat Buffers for Upl...

11/13/2013

MSU wildlife biologist receives regional award

Richard M. Kaminski, a longtime Mississippi State University professor, is being recognized for his contributions and service to wildlife science and conservation.

Kaminski, a professor in the MSU Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Aquaculture, received the 2013 Clarence W. Watson Award at the Southeastern Association of Fish and Wi...

11/5/2013

Wildlife society honors MSU associate director

The associate director of two research centers at Mississippi State University is a new Fellow in The Wildlife Society.

Loren W. "Wes" Burger Jr., a professor in the Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Aquaculture, was recognized for exceptional service to the wildlife profession at the 2013 annual meeting of The Wildlife Socie...

10/22/2013

MSU Deer Lab launches food plot planting app

Wildlife managers can get expert tips on what to plant in food plots year-round with a new app from the Mississippi State University Deer Lab.

Bronson Strickland, a wildlife management specialist with the MSU Extension Service, said he wanted to give people easy access to research-based information while in the field or in the feed sto...

10/22/2013

Deer population poses problems for farmers

While hunters may see Mississippi's 1.75 million white-tailed deer as potential antlers on their walls, many farmers see reduced crop yields instead.

Bronson Strickland, associate Extension professor in the Mississippi State University Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Aquaculture, said the impact of Mississippi's deer population v...

10/4/2013

Late summer, early fall is time for bat exclusion

As summer ends and fall begins, homeowners who don't want host neighbors from the natural world should begin preparing their houses for cooler weather.

Most people think of certain insects and mice as the critters looking for a cozy spot to spend the winter. But as natural habitats decline, bats are also looking for suitable homes....

10/3/2013

Date set for landowner workshop in Belzoni

Landowners who want to branch out and earn extra income can attend a Natural Resource Enterprises Business Workshop on Oct.16.

Hosted by Mississippi State University, the workshop offers attendees the opportunity to learn different ways to make more money from their land. Topics include recreational businesses, marketing, cost-share pr...

9/25/2013

MSU website focuses on white-tailed deer

As hunters gear up for the Oct. 1 opening day of the state's white-tailed deer archery season, scientists at Mississippi State University are announcing a new tool to help manage Mississippi's most popular game animal.

MSU's Forest and Wildlife Research Center recently launched the MSU Deer Lab website,

9/24/2013

Mississippi legislators learn about wild hogs

Mississippi legislators attended a special meeting on Sept. 9 to learn about the "greatest emerging wildlife challenge of the 21st century."

Bruce Leopold, executive director of the Mississippi State University Center for Resolving Human-Wildlife Conflicts, and other speakers offered that description of the nation's rapidly e...

9/13/2013

MSU's deer lab finds Midwest antlers largest

Research conducted by Mississippi State University Deer Lab scientists has determined northern deer may have bigger bodies but they don't necessarily have bigger antlers.

The discovery, made by scientists in the university's Deer Lab, a unit of the Forest and Wildlife Research Center, shows that antler size depends more on diet than la...

9/3/2013

Date set for landowner workshop in Belzoni

Landowners who want to branch out and earn extra income can attend a Natural Resource Enterprises Business Workshop Aug. 15.

Hosted by Mississippi State University, the workshop offers attendees the opportunity to learn different ways to make more money from their land. Topics include recreational businesses, managing wildlife such as ...

7/31/2013

Wild baby animals should be left alone

Every summer, nature enthusiasts come across baby animals they think are orphans, but most of the time, these young animals have not been abandoned.

Fawn births in Mississippi peak in July and August but many are born from May through October. Wild hogs can have one to three litters per year, depending on circumstances, so it is not un...

7/19/2013

MSU science program receives national award

A Mississippi State University program for elementary students has been recognized for teaching environmental and natural sciences.

The Youth Environmental Science program received the third place Gulf Guardian Award in the Environmental Justice and Cultural Diversity category. The Gulf of Mexico Program, a consortium sponsored by the ...

6/24/2013

Deer management classes offered at MSU, Biloxi

Mississippi State University is offering two deer management workshops in late July and August to landowners, hunters, and professionals working with Mississippi's white-tailed deer populations.

Mississippi State University's Extension Service and the College of Forest Resources, along with the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisher...

6/17/2013

Belzoni farm uses REACH methods

Conservation-minded Mississippi farmers have enrolled 126,470 acres in the Research and Education to Advance Conservation and Habitat program, a Mississippi State University effort to impact land management.

Robbie Kroger, an assistant professor of aquatic sciences in the MSU Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Aquaculture, leads the...

5/23/2013

MSU instructor promotes environmental stewardship

When kids react to the natural world, Leslie Burger wants them to say "Oh, wow!" instead of "Oh, gross!"

"I want people to understand what is happening around them and to appreciate it," said Burger, an Extension instructor at Mississippi State University's Forest and Wildlife Research Center. "When t...

5/8/2013

Four conservation camps offer summer experiences

Mississippi State University is offering four different conservation camps in June and July for young people interested in science, outdoors and the environment.

The camps are offered through MSU's Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Aquaculture in the College of Forest Resources and the Extension Service.

The Conservation ...

5/2/2013

Natural resource workshop explores outdoor businesses

Farmers, landowners and resource managers will find the newest tools to establish and manage a natural resource enterprise at a one-day workshop in Yazoo County.

The May 2 event will begin at 8 a.m. at Field Quest Farms in Benton. The morning presentations include revenue potential, liability and legal concerns, and marketing an outdoo...

4/16/2013

MSU waterfowl program receives national award

Mississippi State University’s waterfowl and wetlands science program was recently honored by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

The North American Waterfowl Management Plan, a program of the service’s Division of Bird Habitat Conservation, gave the Blue-winged Teal Award to MSU’s program because of its significant c...

3/28/2013

Landowners add value with nature activities

Mississippi State University's Natural Resources Enterprise Program can help the state's landowners diversify their income by capitalizing on the popularity of wildlife watching and nature photography.

"Mississippi landowners with scenic views, butterfly gardens, wildlife viewing areas, or important or rare bird species can market...

3/26/2013

MSU forage research reveals native benefits

Studies at Mississippi State University are finding that when it comes to providing forage for livestock, native grasses may be best.

Sam Riffell, an associate professor of wildlife ecology and management in the Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Aquaculture, is examining the benefits of replacing exotic grasses, commonly used in Mi...

3/25/2013

MSU fisheries professor gets conservation award

The Mississippi chapter of the American Fisheries Society recently honored a Mississippi State University professor with a conservation award.

Donald Jackson, a professor in MSU's Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Aquaculture, received the C.A. Schultz Conservation award at the chapter's annual meeting February 22 in McComb.

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3/13/2013

Panola County cattle farm practices good conservation

A Panola County cattleman is using native grasses in a 200-acre intensive grazing operation that is both efficient and environmentally friendly.

Durwood Gordon owns Gordon Farms, a pasture and cattle farm near Batesville. He is experiencing the kind of success that is the goal of the Research and Education to Advance Conservation and H...

3/11/2013

MSU graduate student honored for duck study

A Mississippi State University graduate student in the Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Aquaculture recently took second place in a competition at an international symposium.

Kira Newcomb won for the delivery of an oral presentation on black duck winter survival and habitat use at the sixth North American Duck Symposium and Worksh...

3/6/2013

MSU professor honored for wildlife conservation

A Mississippi State University professor has been named Wildlife Conservationist of the Year by the Mississippi Wildlife Federation.

Steve Demarais, professor of wildlife ecology and management in MSU's Forest and Wildlife Research Center, received the honor at the federations Feb. 16 meeting.

Demarais is the Dale H. Arner Pr...

3/1/2013

Wildlife Society recognizes professor's diversity efforts

An international wildlife organization has recognized a Mississippi State University department head for promoting gender and ethnic diversity in natural resource professions.

The Wildlife Society awarded Bruce Leopold the prestigious Diversity Award at the recent annual meeting in Portland, Ore. The professor is head of MSU's Departme...

2/14/2013

MSU fisheries students receive regional award

Wildlife, fisheries and aquaculture students at Mississippi State University recently received top honors from the Southern Division of the American Fisheries Society.

Members of MSU's student organization affiliated with the American Fisheries Society received the 2012 Outstanding Subunit Award during the society's regional meeting he...

2/14/2013

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