Category Archives: Wildlife

Predator Control

Ag Biz News Column Chad Gulley County Extension Agent—Ag/NR Smith County   Predator Control             Predation is defined as the act of catching prey for food.  It is the natural process and is a necessary process for various species of wildlife to catch their food.  Predator management is often necessary around the farm or home when predators prey on our pets or livestock.  Predatory animals can be considered beneficial animals, pests, or both depending on the circumstances. What can I do?  Identification of the predator species is the… Read More →

Fall 2012 Feral Hog Webinar Series

Feral Hog COP webinar flyer A Fall 2012 Feral Hog Webinar Series

Fences to keep Feral Hogs out of Wildlife Feeding Stations

  Ag Biz News Column By: Chad Gulley County Extension Agent–Ag/NR Smith County Fences for Feral Hogs from Wildlife Feeding Stations As white-tailed deer season approaches, hunters and landowners can help keep feral hogs out of feeding stations.  Research has shown that fences built at the right height around the feeding station can greatly reduce feral hog’s access to the corn or supplemental feed for white-tailed deer. In many parts of Texas, feral hogs are causing damage to landscapes, farm lands, ranching, wildlife management areas, and they pollute… Read More →

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 →