Category Archives: Wildlife

Forage Management for White-Tailed Deer

Ag Biz News Column By: Chad Gulley County Extension Agent–Ag/NR Smith County Supplemental Forage Management for Whitetail-Deer Landowners that are interested in managing their property for whitetail-deer have options when it comes to supplemental forage management.  A well planned food plot can increase forage availability and can also help compensate for decreases in suitable deer habitat. First, we need to determine what deer eat.  Whitetail-deer primarily rely on forbs, fruits, acorns, some mushrooms, and browse (leaves and twigs of woody plants) as their primary diet.  Being a ruminant… Read More →

Clearing Muddy Ponds

    Ag Biz By: Chad Gulley County Extension Agent–Ag/NR Smith County   Clearing Muddy Ponds Muddy ponds are often a problem around East Texas, especially during periods of heavy rainfall.   Depending upon the fish species in your pond, muddy water can be a problem.   If you are raising catfish, muddy water is not as much of a problem as catfish primarily feed by smell.   If you have bass, however, bass feed by sight and must see their prey. With the drought of 2011, many people have been… Read More →

Feral Hogs

Ag Biz News Column By: Chad Gulley County Extension Agent–Ag/NR Smith County Managing Feral Hogs  Landowner’s intent on managing their native wildlife species should have little tolerance for feral hogs.  The estimated 4 million feral hogs nationwide compete with native wildlife species for food and space.  These feral hogs also prey directly upon certain species and/or destroy their habitat. Feral hogs damage agriculture crops, livestock, lawns, gardens, and the list goes on.  Feral hogs are omnivores meaning their diets consist of both plants and animals.  They will typically… Read More →

Controlling Tree Squirrels

Controlling Tree Squirrels in Urban Areas

Ag Biz News Column By: Chad Gulley County Extension Agent–Ag/NR Smith County Controlling Squirrel Damage in Urban Areas             Tree squirrels inhabit many parts of Texas both rural and urban.  Some people enjoy feeding squirrels and watching them scamper around their landscape.  They are interesting animals, but in some instances they can become pests. There are three types of tree squirrels found in Texas which are the gray squirrel, the fox squirrel, and the flying squirrel.  Fox squirrels are the most common and are found in east and… Read More →