Texas Deer Study Group, April 2014

A flyer was available at the recent CCWMA banquet, announcing a two-day seminar to be held April 10-11, 2014 at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Columbus.  The program  is offered through the Texas Wildlife Association with additional sponsorship from the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, Texas Parks & Wildlife and Texas A&M Agrilife Extension.  A few of the topics to be included are:

  • history of deer management in the Post Oak Savanna and Gulf-Coast Prairies
  • habitat changes
  • managing deer on small acreage
  • an overview on deer nutrition

The second day of the program includes a field day at J3J4 Ranch for habitat management techniques, native and introduced vegetation identification and deer necropsy.

The seminar fee is $75 before 3/31 or $100 after 3/31 and includes meals and handout materials.  You may register online at www.texas-wildlife.org/resources/events/texas-deer-study-group.  More information is available from Clint Faas   cfass@texas-wildlife.org or 979-541-9803

I have registered to attend and look forward to learning more about how ranch habitat management and deer management go together.

Mexican Ducks

Mexican Ducks, MBaudin, Mar2014

Here is a picture of some Mexican Whistling Ducks, also known as a Black Bellied Tree Ducks, that started frequenting one of my feeders close to Deer Trail recently.  I had not seen these in the past.
Best regards,
Mark Baudoin

Thank you Mark for sharing!  Larry Petter

President’s Message, March 2014

This winter has been the coldest in recent memory.  Throughout the night Monday, March 3rd, we were witnessing a lightening show with thunder in the background.  The rain started, 1½ inches to my measure, yes, we had an ice storm, 20 degrees, here at the ranch.  I can’t remember the last time that happened.  Was it 30-40 years ago?  The morning arrived in a winter wonderland.  It was pretty, but, with the electricity out for six hours we began to chill in the house.  Tree branches fell under the weight of the ice, by 3pm ice began falling as the temperature rose.  The next four days were bearable as we picked up branches and raked leaves.  Saturday night [March 8th] brought us 3½ more inches of rain.  Wow, it is so wet even the gophers and moles were coming up for air!  Get used to daylight saving time and in 10 days it will be the first day of spring! 

UPCOMING EVENTS:

  • March 15th, Colorado County Wildlife Management Association Banquet, KC Hall, Columbus. TX  –  The Colorado County Wildlife Management Association’s Spring Banquet is scheduled for 4:00 p.m. Saturday, March 15, 2014 at the K.C. Hall in Columbus, Texas.  We will have a full catered barbecue meal at 6:00 p.m. with free soft drinks and beer while it lasts.  Meal tickets will be $8 for adults and $5 for kids 12 and under.

We will have our big raffle and bucket raffles for great prizes.  We will also have many vendors with nice merchandise to look over and purchase.  The 2013 Scholarship winners and the Whitetail Contest winners will be recognized.

This is a public event and all of Oakridge Ranch is invited.

IN THE WORKS:
The next ORWMA meeting is March 22nd at 1:00 pm, at the Petter home.

Spring traditionally marks the end of winter and the beginning of a season that signifies longer days and warmer temperatures.  The first day of spring is also known as the Vernal Equinox.  This marks the day that the Sun’s path is directly over the equator.  This day also contains equal amounts of day time and night time.  This day typically occurs each year on March 20 (or on March 21 in some years).

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Larry Petter, President-ORWMA