The best window of time to trap wild pigs is about to close

OVERTON – Wild pigs are most vulnerable to trapping before food and forages become more available in the spring, said a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service expert. Dr. Billy Higginbotham, AgriLife Extension wildlife specialist, Overton, said most acorns have either been consumed or are rotting on the ground now, and wild pigs are searching for […]

Post-hunting season management can help deer herds

OVERTON – The end of deer season marks the beginning of winter management for landowners who monitor deer populations and want to maximize their potential, said a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service expert. The general Texas deer season closes  Jan. 1 for hunters in the north zone, said Dr. Billy Higginbotham, AgriLife Extension wildlife specialist, […]

Winter pond management can mean better spring fish production

OVERTON – Winter pond management can mean better fish production in the spring, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service specialist. Dr. Billy Higginbotham, wildlife and fisheries specialist, Overton, said there are several important winter management tips to consider for pond owners who want to produce good fishing in their private impoundments. Typically, in […]

Good acorn crop could be bad for East Texas hunters

OVERTON – A good crop of acorns and fewer mature deer could put the pressure on hunters in East Texas this deer season, said Dr. Billy Higginbotham, wildlife and fisheries specialist in Overton. Higginbotham said hunters in the Pineywoods and Post Oak Savannah ecoregions in East Texas could face tougher hunting conditions due to a […]

Anthrax cases in Kinney County spur reminder to area landowners about the disease

BRACKETVILLE – Reports of about 30 cases of anthrax in deer at a Kinney County ranch by the Texas Animal Health Commission has revived interest in understanding the disease and how to prevent its spread, said Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service experts. “One of the important things to know about these recent instances of anthrax […]

Combination food plots can attract deer year-round

OVERTON – It’s time to plant food plots for white-tailed deer as hunting season approaches, said a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service expert. Dr. Billy Higginbotham, AgriLife Extension wildlife specialist, Overton, has a food plot combination proven to attract whitetails and keep them hooked through the hunting season and beyond. The combination of winter-hardy oats, […]

Who’s been sleeping in my cave?

COLLEGE STATION — Researchers studying the impact of small mammals on cave habitats with endangered invertebrate species got a prickly surprise when they discovered large numbers of porcupines parading in and out of dozens of caves in the San Antonio area. “Our initial research was to describe the use of caves by meso-mammals, small to […]

Summertime pond management requires planning and caution

OVERTON – Phone calls about out-of-control aquatic vegetation are a common midsummer occurrence, said Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service wildlife and fisheries specialist Dr. Billy Higginbotham. However, he said, pond owners should proceed with caution when treating aquatic weeds in ponds where fish are important resources. Higginbotham said thinning or eradicating aquatic vegetation can improve […]

Stocked fish ponds more susceptible to oxygen depletion during summer months

OVERTON – A Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service expert said landowners should watch for oxygen depletion in stock ponds as we enter the dog days of summer. Dr. Billy Higginbotham, AgriLife Extension Service wildlife specialist in Overton, said landowners with stocked fish ponds should be aware of possible problems with oxygen depletion as hot, still […]

Four-wire electric fence system best control of deer access to food plots

OVERTON – Landowners have a few options to protect forage plots and gardens from browsing deer,  but the electric four-wire system appears to work best, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service wildlife specialist. Dr. Billy Higginbotham, AgriLife Extension wildlife specialist in Overton, said the system is the best and most cost-effective option for […]