AgriLife Extension sets April 7 Mason Mountain wildlife tour

 

Writer: Steve Byrns, 325-653-4576, s-byrns@tamu.edu  

Contact: Lisa Brown, 325-396-4787, lbrown@ag.tamu.edu  

MASON – The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service Multi-County Wildlife Tour set for April 7 in the heart of Mason County’s fabled deer country promises to have much to offer hunters and landowners alike, organizers said.

Registration will start at 8:30 a.m. followed by the program from 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. at the Mason Mountain Wildlife Management Area located about 4 miles north of Mason at 6318 Old Katemcy Road.

“This will be a six-county effort that will include a lot of visual onsite learning opportunities,” said Lisa Brown, AgriLife Extension agent in Menard County and a tour organizer. “This high-fenced Texas Parks and Wildlife Department property is noted for its native and exotic wildlife interaction work, so part of our tour will deal with the department’s personnel discussing the finer points of optimum habitat management for the various species.

“We will also be discussing prescribed fire as a management tool and observing fire recovery efforts. And to complete the program, a rancher panel has been asked to share their  wildlife marketing strategies. It’ll be a stout program with some good information offered.”

Brown said the day will also include a presentation on feral hog laws and regulations to be presented by Dr. John Tomecek, AgriLife Extension wildlife specialist at San Angelo.

Individual registration is $25. The fee covers lunch. RSVP by March 31by calling the AgriLife Extension office in Mason County at 325-347-6459.

Three Texas Department of Agriculture continuing education units, two general and one laws and regulations, will be offered.

More information is available from Brown, who can be reached at 325-396-4787, or from  AgriLife Extension agents involved in the effort. They are: Micah Walker, Mason County, 325-347-6459; Jamie Osbourn, Llano County, 325-247-5159; Trevor Dickschat, McCulloch County, 325-597-1295; Brad Roeder, Gillespie County, 830-997-3452; and Sam Silvers, Kimble County, 325-446-2620.

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Source: Agriculture Section – AgriLife Feed

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