News from the Tennessee Valley Sports
MONDAY, JULY 30, 2007

Deer hunters, this class is perfect for you

Time has slipped by so fast that it seems like the deer hunting season ended only yesterday. We all know that isnít correct, but maybe itís time to think about getting prepared for the upcoming deer hunting season.

If youíre like many other outdoor enthusiasts, you may not hunt much but enjoy fixing your property so wild deer will pay a visit.

Either way, a control course is something you should think of taking. Itís a class taught by experts on animal and property management.

The advanced deer management class will be taught Aug. 18 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. at Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge. The cost is $50 for adults (18 and older), $35 for seniors (over 65) and $15 for children (under 18).

The class is limited to 80 participants.

Advance registration will be accepted through Aug. 10., and those planning to attend can save $5 by doing it that way. Call Bessie Buchanan in Auburn at (334) 844-1002 to register in advance.

Also, Mark Smith, school of forestry and wildlife at Auburn University, can help with questions. You may reach Smith at (334) 844-8099 or by e-mail at

Deer hunting is so big all across North and Central Alabama, I expect the 80 seats to go fairly fast.

Speakers and Topics for the seminar include:

Quality deer management: Thinking outside the box. Steve Epperson, Alabama Quality Deer Management Association, will teach.

Factors influencing deer development: What weíve learned from harvested deer. Bill Gray, Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.

Animal condition: How to evaluate the condition of harvested animals. Steve Ditchkoff, school of forestry and wildlife sciences, Auburn University.

Forage surveys: What to look for on your property. Chad Dacus, Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks.

Harvest management: Harvest strategies to meet your objectives. Bronson Strickland, Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, Mississippi State University.

Habitat management: How to provide deer habitat. Ted Devos, Bach and Devos Forestry and Wildlife Services.

Food plot management: What/when/where to plant. Chris Cook, Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.

Deer hunting cooperatives: Why cooperatives are important in deer management. Mark Smith, Alabama Cooperative Extension system, Auburn University.

This extremely important and informative class wouldnít be possible if not for school of forestry and wildlife sciences, Auburn University, Alabama Cooperative Extension System and Alabama Quality Deer Management Association.

Coffee and doughnuts will be provided as well as lunch. Folks enrolled in the class also will receive packets of deer publications.

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Paul Stackhouse
Paul Stackhouse

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