Mississippi’s 2 million white-tailed deer have an estimated $1 billion economic impact on the state, so knowing how to manage this wildlife resource is a common goal among landowners and hunters.
Two Mississippi State University short courses in July will teach those wanting to manage white-tailed deer populations on their land. There will be a July 23 session in Senatobia and a July 30 session at MSU. They are sponsored by the MSU Extension Service, MSU College of Forest Resources and the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks.
Both events begin with registration at 8:30 a.m., with the class running from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Lunch and educational materials are provided. The class is limited to 70 participants, and preregistration is required. Registration costs $95 per person.
The session in Senatobia will be held in the nursing building at Northwest Mississippi Community College. This registration deadline is July 8. The session in Starkville will be at MSU’s College of Forest Resources in Thompson Hall. Register for this class by July 15.
All topics will be related to deer population and habitat management. Participants will learn about factors that influence antler size, buck and doe harvest management, spike harvest, deer nutrition, timber management for deer habitat, camera surveys for deer, antler score estimation and food plot management.
Learn more or register online at www.cfr.msstate.edu/workshops/deer. Continuing forestry education credits will be available.