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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

MSU forest serves as a research and teaching site

Scientists at Mississippi State University are transforming a piece of property in Oktibbeha County into a unique habitat for conducting research and teaching best land management practices.

In this forest, wildlife habitat and timber production are intertwined. Deer, turkey, quail and an array of grassland songbirds fill the land whil...

11/18/2013

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 administrator elected to regional post

The director of the Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station is the new chair-elect of the Southern Association of Agricultural Experiment Station Directors.

George M. Hopper was voted chair-elect for 2013-14 at the organization's fall meeting. He will assume the responsibilities of chair in 2014-15.

As chair-...

11/12/2013

Buy Christmas trees early to get best options

Thanks to impressive live Christmas tree sales last year, customers seeking the best Christmas trees may need to buy early this year.

Stephen Dicke, Mississippi State University Extension Service professor, said Christmas tree farms experienced a 15 percent increase in sales in 2012 and expect an additional 7 percent increase in this y...

11/8/2013

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

MSU forestry professor named a society fellow

A Mississippi State University forestry professor was recently named a Fellow in the Society of American Foresters.

Emily Schultz was honored by the professional forestry organization for her contributions to the society and the forestry profession. Schultz is a professor in the MSU College of Forest Resources and Forest and Wildlife R...

11/4/2013

MSU team places first in timber bridge competition

A Mississippi State student team holds top honors in a national design and construction challenge, thanks to the collaboration of two university colleges.

Civil engineering majors in the Bagley College of Engineering, with guidance from faculty in the College of Forest Resources, were overall winners of the recent 2013 American Society...

11/1/2013

Retired wildlife biologist to lead 2013 Carlton N. Owen Lecture

The immediate past-president of The Wildlife Society is this year's guest for Mississippi State's 2013 Carlton N. Owen Lecture Series.

Wini Kessler will lead the Monday [Nov. 4] public program. Her presentation begins at 1:30 p.m. in the Tully Auditorium of the university's Thompson Hall.

Founded in 1937, the society is a non...

10/30/2013

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

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

Kennedy gift to benefit MSU wetland theater, grow endowed chair

A gift of real estate in Carroll County serves as a lead contribution for Mississippi State University's Carsie Clark and Diane Worthington Young Wetland Education Theater and increases a previously established endowment for the James C. Kennedy Chair in Waterfowl and Wetlands Conservation.

James C. Kennedy, chairman of Atlanta-based C...

10/17/2013

MSU host thousands at Wood Magic event

About 4,000 fourth-graders, teachers and parents from across the state will be at Mississippi State University Oct. 14-18 for the annual Wood Magic Science Fair.

Activities and exhibits illustrating everything from papermaking to the strength of a toothpick-sized piece of wood are part of the annual event at the Forest Products Lab ...

10/11/2013

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

Georgia-Pacific touts MSU as top provider of new hires

A world leader in paper and building products manufacturing is praising Mississippi State as a top producer of the company's new employees.

Georgia-Pacific recently recognized the university as its No. 1 generator of total new hires from institutions of higher learning offering forest products concentrations.

A 135-year-old l...

10/1/2013

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

Vilsack praises MSU's agricultural research contributions

Mississippi State University officials toured U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack around campus Wednesday in a rare opportunity to brief a sitting Cabinet member on significant federally funded research projects.

Vilsack spent a whirlwind afternoon with MSU researchers and students, learning about ongoing research and answering q...

9/25/2013

Trees need site prep for replanting success

Landowners interested in maximizing the value of their investment need to plan for proper site preparation when replanting trees after harvesting timber.

John Kushla, a forestry specialist with the Mississippi State University Extension Service and MSU's Forest and Wildlife Research Center, said this preparation involves manipulating t...

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

MSU ranks in the top 10 for ag sciences research

Mississippi State University's commitment to its land-grant mission and to the state's $7.5 billion agriculture and forestry industry resulted in a top spot in a recently released National Science Foundation report.

The National Science Foundation's Higher Education Research and Development Survey for Fiscal Year 2011 ranked MSU ninth ...

8/30/2013

MSU and Regions Bank honor superior faculty

Mississippi State University's Division of Agriculture, Forestry and Veterinary Medicine recently honored five faculty members with the Regions Bank-DAFVM Superior Faculty Awards in a new program designed to highlight exemplary work in five key areas.

James Warnock, associate professor of biomedical engineering program in the College o...

8/16/2013

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 forestry professor named society fellow

A Mississippi State University forestry professor was recently honored by the Society of American Foresters.

The professional forestry organization named Donald Grebner a fellow for his contributions to the society and the forestry profession.

Grebner is a professor in the university's Forest and Wildlife Research Center. His...

7/11/2013

MSU appoints new forest resources associate dean

A veteran Mississippi State University faculty member is the new associate dean in the College of Forest Resources.

Ian Munn, a forest resource economist and professor, will lead the university's natural resources program. MSU is the only university in the state that offers a bachelor's degree in forestry and a bachelor's degree and wi...

7/8/2013

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