Got wildlife? Get facts!

If you have wildlife on your land (all Texans, raise your hands!), you need to know good management practices for dealing with that wildlife, whether you want to increase quail numbers, improve antler production, or reduce wild pigs. The problem is that mixed in with all the good information out there about wildlife management is plenty of bad information. All management techniques take resources — time, money, and effort — and all land managers have limited resources. Bad information, which leads to poor management, does more than potentially harm your land and wildlife, it also wastes your precious and limited resources.

Scaled quail, by Becky Ruzicka

Where to find good information? AgriLife Extension in Dimmit, Frio, Medina, Uvalde, and Zavala counties is proud to announce the new “Wildlife Fact Check Series,” starting Weds., May 31. These programs will provide good, research-based management information and help participants think like a scientist to evaluate different management strategies.

The series will rotate through the five counties, with a live presentation in one county that is broadcast to the county offices of the other four. Even if you attend in a broadcasting county, you will get to enjoy lunch and camaraderie with neighboring landowners while you watch the presentation. Contact your local County Extension Agent for more details; we hope to see you there!

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