NORMAN — It may not be deer season in Oklahoma, but hunting enthusiasts never stop thinking about the most economically impactful game species in our state.
According to the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation’s (ODWC) website, deer hunting is the most popular hunting season in Oklahoma, with an overall economic impact of more than $600 million.
Oklahoma State University and the University of Tennessee Extension are partnering with The Noble Foundation and the ODWC for a workshop to provide tips of the trade to ensure landowners’ properties are suitable and productive for white-tailed deer.
“This field day would be beneficial for anyone interested in improving white-tailed deer habitats or deer populations on their property,” said Dr. Dwayne Elmore, OSU State Extension wildlife specialist.
The free workshop will be from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. May 1 at the Okmulgee County Fairgrounds. Professionals from OSU, UT, the Noble Foundation and the ODWC will discuss forest management for deer, quality deer management, aging bucks, key food plants for deer, the Deer Management Assistance Program (DMAP) and food plot management.
“Forest management will cover the various types of harvest and timber stand improvement techniques and how they impact white-tailed deer forage,” Elmore said.
The food plot management session will discuss the pros and cons of planting supplemental forages for white-tailed deer. The DMAP, administered through the ODWC, will be explained to landowners.
I will discuss quality deer management, with an emphasis on improving buck age structure and balancing sex ratios.
“The workshop will provide landowners an opportunity to interact with knowledgeable professionals who have years of experience managing white-tailed deer,” Elmore said.
Heath Herje is an agriculture educator with Cleveland County Cooperative Extension service.
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