New APP helps deer hunters

Lonnie Jenschke

I know several hunting enthusiast will be out hunting during the holidays. There is a new White-tailed Deer Management Calendar App to help landowners, hunters and wildlife managers understand what, when and how to implement practices that benefit deer herds. According to Dr. Jim Cathey, Agrilife Extension associate department head and program leader for wildlife and fisheries at College Station, “This app will help users create and implement a month-by-month plan to monitor and manage white-tailed deer populations to achieve their management goals anywhere in the state.”

The app is available on iTunes store for .99 cents. There are also several other apps for Bobwhite Management, Feral Hogs and Aquatic Plants. These apps are all compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. Get the links to both the White-tailed Deer Management Calendar and the AgriLife Extension apps at http://erath.agrilife.org/deer-app/.

Landowners will gain stewardship skills that will give them quality habitat and healthy herd numbers and enhance deer production. It is important to know the beneficial practices to maintain the healthy populations that fit the carrying capacity of the land.

Hunters and landowners will also be able to find links to publications, photographs and videos. All information is based on scientific research, according to Dr. Cathey.

There will be Mass CEU Seminar hosted at thirteen locations across Texas A&M AgriLife Extension District 8 on Thursday, Dec. 11. This seminar will offer eight (8) CEU’s for the private applicator license and certificate holders. The approved credit hours are: four (4) General, one (1) Laws and Regulation, two (2) IPM hours and one (1) Drift hour. Commercial and non-commercial license holders will be able to obtain all of their needed hours for license renewal with the first five hours of the program. 

Topics and speakers include: Laws & Regulations; Pest Control Around the Home & Barn - Dr. Mike Merchant, Professor & Extension Urban Entomologist; Calibration & Nozzle Selection to Reduce Spray Drift - Matt Matocha, Assistant Professor & Extension Specialist; Forage Pest Management - Dr. Allen Knutson, Professor & Extension Entomologist; Identification & Control of Noxious Weeds - David Stichler, Consultant, DuPont; Nutrient Runoff Management of Ag Enterprises - Dr. Sam Feagley, Professor & State Soil Environmental Specialist; Chemical & Mechanical Weed Management in Forages - Dr. Larry Redmon, Professor & State Extension Specialist; Controlling External Parasites of Livestock - Dr. Rick Machen, Professor & Extension Livestock Specialist

The program in Erath County will be held at the Texas A&M Research and Extension Center, 1229 U.S. 281, Stephenville, TX 76401. Contact the Erath Extension at erath-tx@tamu.edu or 254-965-1460 to RSVP. Please RSVP before Dec. 8 so we can get a head count for meal. The cost of registration is $50, which includes lunch. Registration will start at 7 a.m. with the program to follow at 7:30 a.m.

Lonnie Jenschke is an Erath County extension agent. His column appears weekly and online at yourstephenvilletx.com.