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MSU workshop will support natural resource enterprises

A July 17 workshop in Hattiesburg will help landowners recognize the income-generating potential of using their land in natural resource enterprises.

The Mississippi Forestry Commission, the U.S. Forest Service and the MSU Extension Service are offering the Natural Resources Enterprise Advanced Workshop. The event will be held at the F...

6/5/2014

MSU student's idea is a prize-winning catch

Mississippi State University wildlife and fisheries major Charles Parker hooked the $10,000 first place prize during MSU's Office of Entrepreneurship and Technology Transfer Entrepreneurship Week for his fishing gear business.

Parker acquired Rod Sox, a fishing rod protector company, in May 2013 after deciding he wanted to follow in hi...

5/14/2014

MSU offers four deer management workshops

The Mississippi State University Extension Service is offering white-tailed deer management workshops to give landowners and managers hands-on education on improving deer herds and hunting opportunities.

The workshops will be offered June 13-14 in Southaven at Heartland Church and July 18-19 at the MSU Central Research and Extension Ce...

4/17/2014

April is ideal for planting dove plots

September and the opening of dove season are several months away, but planting food plots in spring allows plants to reach maturity before the dove hunting season begins.

Whether you're planting dove plots for personal or business use, they need proper preparation.

"Doves really depend on a lot of foods that are in agric...

4/11/2014

Great wildlife food plots start with the soil

In the South, springtime means turkey hunting, bass fishing and preparing wildlife food plots.

Food plots are the most affordable way for hunters to provide high-quality forages for the deer, turkey and other wildlife on the property.

A productive, warm-season food plot can generate up to 4,000 pounds of high-quality forage p...

4/4/2014

Hinds County will host Master Naturalist classes

Twenty-five people interested in environmental science and natural history can take eight weeks of classes as part of the process of becoming Master Naturalists.

The Mississippi State University Extension Service is partnering with the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science to offer the training. Classes will be held 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each ...

3/19/2014

Fuel up: It's time for the spring migration

The days are getting longer, and the temperatures are warming up. Spring is almost here, and soon the birds will arrive.

More than 200 bird species migrate northward every spring from their wintering grounds in the southern U.S. and Central and South America.

Here in Mississippi, we are fortunate to be located on the Mississi...

3/14/2014

Winter is the best time to trap wild hogs

Wild hogs continue to be a plague throughout Mississippi, occupying about half of the state's land area.

A farmer recently said, "I wish I had a deer problem." His statement summed up the hog problem very well. There's no doubt that deer can cause a lot of damage to certain crops, but that damage is minor compared to the dest...

3/7/2014

Fishing Ponds: To fertilize or not to fertilize?

A fertilization program can greatly increase fish production in fishing ponds.

Adding nutrients stimulates the growth of the microscopic plants, or algae, that feed the small animals that feed the fish. Fertilization can increase fish production by three to four times, resulting in more fish, bigger fish or both in properly managed pon...

2/26/2014

MSU offers three summer camps focused on nature

Registration is open for three summer camps for young people interested in wildlife, natural resources and outdoor recreation.

The Mississippi State University Extension Service and the MSU Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Aquaculture are hosting two residential camps and one day camp.

Conservation Camp: Natural Resourc...

2/18/2014

MSU event offers outdoor career options for girls

Young women interested in careers based on their love of the outdoors, wildlife and science can learn about job options from mentors and professionals at an upcoming event.

The Mississippi State University Extension Service is sponsoring Conservation Careers Discovery Days April 4-5. High school girls in ninth-twelfth grades can enjoy ...

2/13/2014

Natural resources seminar to be held in Jackson Feb. 25

Landowners who want to earn extra income are invited to attend a Natural Resource Enterprises business workshop on Feb. 25 in Jackson.

"The workshop is designed to help landowners and farmers find new and innovative ways to earn extra income," said Daryl Jones, MSU associate Extension professor and Natural Resource Enterprise...

2/5/2014

MSU offers game bird, prescribed burn seminars

Mississippi State University is offering land management workshops about game birds and prescribed burning in Panola and Pike counties.

The workshops are designed for landowners, foresters, loggers and wildlife biologists.

The MSU Extension Service, Forest and Wildlife Research Center, and the Mississippi Department of Wildli...

1/30/2014

Learn how to manage a natural resource business

Landowners who want to earn extra income are invited to attend a Natural Resource Enterprises workshop on Feb. 4 in Rolling Fork.

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...

1/21/2014

Coastal agritourism seminar set for coast

Alligator trapping, birding ventures and Louisiana's laws are just a few of the topics to be addressed at the Coastal Eco/Agritourism Workshop in Lake Charles on February 11.

Coastal residents interested in earning income from nature-based tourism are invited to attend the one-day workshop at the Louisiana State University AgCenter's L...

1/14/2014

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

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

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

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

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 (10/16/13)

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 (8/15/13)

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

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