Mussel woman: Researcher looks into declining Texas mussel populations

DALLAS – Jennifer Morton hovers methodically over a row of clear, water-filled containers on a tight-spaced industrial shelving system. She plucks a mollusk from one of the containers, observing the specimen as part of a study on freshwater mussel tolerances. The activity is part of an ongoing effort at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and […]

Pond and fish management important during summer months

OVERTON – Texas pond owners can improve and protect their recreational opportunities with vegetation and fish population management during the summer months, said a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service specialist. As temperatures increase and summer nears, recreational activities on Texas farm and ranch ponds will increase, said Dr. Billy Higginbotham, AgriLife Extension wildlife and fisheries […]

Texas Crop and Weather Report — April 25

COLLEGE STATION – Texas crawfish producers are expected to have a good year as demand continues to increase in larger markets, said a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service expert. Dr. Todd Sink, AgriLife Extension fisheries specialist in College Station, said early reports from crawfish producers in southeast Texas indicate it will be an average to […]

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 […]