Wildlife Workshops Scheduled Next Month In Southwest Louisiana

Stuart Gauthier, Whatley, Jerry G., Schultz, Bruce  |  7/19/2007 9:32:06 PM

News Release Distributed 07/19/07

Two wildlife workshops coordinated by the LSU AgCenter will be held during August in Southwest Louisiana.

The workshops will be held Aug. 9 and Aug. 14.

The Aug. 9 event, a wildlife food plot workshop, will begin at 5 p.m. at the Diamond W Ranch on Turf Grass Road near Welsh.

LSU AgCenter wildlife specialist Dr. Don Reed will discuss several food sources planted at the site, such as sunflower, millet and milo. In addition, Philip Siragusa, a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service enforcement agent, will talk about legally hunting doves over a field with manipulated crops.

After those presentations, the event will move to the Iowa Community Center at 6 p.m. with a discussion of food plots for deer and managing deer herds. Scott Durham and Emile LeBlanc, both of the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, will present information on food for deer and harvest strategies for deer.

The fee for the Aug. 9 workshops is $10. Pre-registration, required by Aug. 3, can be arranged by contacting LSU AgCenter Extension offices in Calcasieu Parish at (337) 475-8812 or Jefferson Davis Parish at (337) 824-1773.

The second workshop on Aug. 14 will focus on dove food plots. It will be held at 400 Dugas Road in Lafayette, adjacent to the Lafayette Consolidated Government compost facility.

A 2-acre dove food plot planted with hybrid corn, tropical corn, milo, sunflowers, brown top millet, Japanese millet and pearl millet will be on display. Speakers from the LSU AgCenter, who are on the program in Lafayette, include Reed and county agents Stan Dutile, Mark Shirley and Stuart Gauthier.

Speakers from the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries and the U. S. Fish and Wildlife include Mike Olinde, Keith LaCaze and Siragusa. At the Lafayette workshop, they will talk about doves in Louisiana, managing small grain plantings for doves and legal issues involved with hunting on fields where crops have been planted or manipulated.

The cost for the Lafayette workshop includes a meal and is $10 if registration is completed before Aug. 10. After that date the charge will be $15.

For more information on the Lafayette session, call (337) 291-7090.

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Contacts:
Stuart Gauthier at (337) 291-7090 or SGauthier@agcenter.lsu.edu
Jerry Whatley at (337) 475-8812 or JWhatley@agcenter.lsu.edu
Writer:
Bruce Schultz at (337) 788-8821 or BSchultz@agcenter.lsu.edu

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