“What can we do about feral hogs and deer predation?” Besides low commodity prices, those are two of the most discussed topics at farm meetings and social gatherings in the Mississippi Delta and the surrounding regions this winter.
Landowners and other Mid-South residents struggling with feral hog control and deer predation are invited to attend an upcoming educational meeting hosted by Delta Wildlife and sponsored by Southern Ag Credit in Stoneville, Miss.
The meeting, focused on deer predation and feral hog control, will be held at the Capps Building Auditorium at Mississippi State University’s Delta Research and Extension Center at Stoneville, beginning at 10 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 25. Stoneville is located just off U.S. Highway 61, a few miles west of Leland, Miss.
Featured speakers will include Dr. Karl Miller, a wildlife biologist with The Deer Laboratory at the University of Georgia, and Dr. Fred Cunningham, supervisory research wildlife biologist at the USDA National Wildlife Research Center at Mississippi State University.
“We know fawn predation in Mississippi is a fraction of what it is in some western states, but many believe fawn predation in the Delta is significant enough to warrant more careful study,” said John Murry Greenlee, Delta Wildlife committee chairman. “Once we learned that noted wildlife researcher and white-tailed deer biologist, Dr. Karl Miller, had recently wrapped up a large-scale fawn predation research project, the committee was anxious to get a full report on his findings.”
Cunningham will discuss the possibility of feral hog toxicants, oral contraception and other feral hog control techniques that may be more effective and affordable in the future. “Hunting and trapping are not adequate tools for landowners to effectively protect their property from feral hogs,” said Floyd Melton, III, Leflore County landowner and Delta Wildlife committee member. “New management tools must be developed to successfully combat hogs.”
A 40-member Delta Wildlife Committee on White-tailed Deer and Eastern Wild Turkey identified the scheduled topics as key issues effecting deer management in the Mississippi Delta.
All those interested in learning more about deer fawn predation and on-going efforts to develop more effective feral hog control techniques are welcome to attend the meeting. To register, please call the Delta Wildlife office at (662) 686-3370 or email [email protected].
For more information on Delta Wildlife, visit www.deltawildlife.org.