The West Texas Deer Study Group will have its 10th annual program Aug. 7-8 at the Texas A&M University System Research and Extension Center in San Angelo. Anyone interested in deer management is invited to attend. The meeting starts with registration at 8 a.m. Aug. 7.
Sponsors are Texas Cooperative Extension; Texas Parks and Wildlife Department; Natural Resources Conservation Service and Wildlife Systems Inc.
Dr. Dale Rollins, Extension wildlife specialist at San Angelo, said this year's theme is "Enterprise Aspects of the Deer Business."
"The interest in what I call æintensive' deer management continues to climb in Texas, and throughout the whitetail's range for that matter," Rollins said. "Some of that growth is prompted by personal interest in how big a buck can I grow,' and some is prompted by economic interest. The two rationales may not always jibe.
"Our aim for this year's meeting is the business aspects of deer management; that is, to see why or why not the two schools of thought don't always go together. We'll also have a host of other topics addressing everything from ethics to recipes."
A sampling of those topics includes: "The Business of Deer and Deer Hunting," "Maximum Profits - Minimum Headaches," "Integrated Captive Breeding," "Culinary Side of a Hunting Lodge," and "Cashing in on Does, Culls and Misfits."
The group was formed in 1998 to advance sound deer and habitat management in West Texas, the region considered west of Interstate 35 and north of U.S. Highway 90, Rollins said.
Individual pre-registration received before July 25 is $60; registration after July 25 will be $90 at the door. The fee includes three meals and all program materials.
For more information, contact Rollins at 325-653-4576 or see http://teamquail.tamu.edu for a copy of the agenda.