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 […]

Wildlife Symposium slated for May 11 in Leming

LEMING – A Wildlife Symposium will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. May 11 at the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service office for Atascosa County, 25 E. 5th St. in Leming. The symposium on wildlife is being coordinated by AgriLife Extension offices in Atascosa, Bexar, Frio and Wilson counties in cooperation with the Atascosa […]

Riparian and stream ecosystem workshop set for May 5 in Pflugerville

PFLUGERVILLE–The Texas Water Resources Institute’s Texas Riparian and Stream Ecosystem Education Program will host a workshop from 8 a.m.to 4 p.m. May 5 in Pflugerville for area residents interested in land and water stewardship in the Gilleland Creek watershed, coordinators said. The morning session will be at the Pflugerville Public Library, 1008 Pfluger St. West. […]

Predator management and trapping program slated for May 6 in Rocksprings

ROCKSPRINGS – A Predator Management Workshop and Trapping Demonstration will be presented May 6 in Rocksprings. The program, presented by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service offices for Edwards and Sutton counties, will be from 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Edwards County Park Building. There is no cost to register but a donation of $10 […]