Predator & Habitat Management


An Intricate Balance Between Predator and Prey

Friday, February 17, 2017 3:00 PM
Simply removing or attempting to remove a predator species from the landscape does not guarantee that it will benefit the prey species. In fact, the long-term result may be just the opposite.

The following points are keys to trapping in a responsible and ethical manner.

State fish and wildlife agencies and USDA’s Wildlife Services program are conducting a national effort to develop Best Management Practices (BMPs) for regulated trapping in the United States. This effort is identifying and promoting the very best technology available to capture wildlife.

Video: MS Outdoors "Kemper County Turkey Hunt"

Tuesday, February 14, 2017 12:00 PM
We followed Charles Rigdon for some Turkey Hunting in Kemper County on this segment from the latest season of Mississippi Outdoors.

Brad Rogers may be the Mayor of Pearl, but he is also an avid trapper and outdoorsman. In this video he provides an in-depth tutorial on setting a foothold trap for catching foxes, coyotes, and bobcats.

Ecology & Management of the Northern Bobwhite

Friday, February 10, 2017 12:00 PM
Abundant bobwhite populations were once an accidental byproduct of land management practices as early settlers carved out small family farms in large expanses of southeastern forestland. Just as human activity once accidentally created good habitat for bobwhites, changes in the ways we use land have diminished bobwhite habitat quality.

In this segment of Mississippi Outdoors we follow MDWFP Biologists and learn how proper land management can benefit game animals.

Video: MS Outdoors "Predator Trapping Basics"

Thursday, February 09, 2017 12:00 PM
In this segment of Mississippi Outdoors, we road along with trappers from the Mississippi Trappers Association to learn their tricks behind successful trapping.

Old-Field Management

Wednesday, February 08, 2017 3:00 PM
Instead of watching deer browse the edge of a field, and instead of waiting for deer to come to a field from a distant thicket in the woods, why not create a field of cover and food, naturally?

John Gruchy, MDWFP Private Lands Program Coordinator, presents "Strategies for Managing Habitat and Predator Populations to Benefit Target Species."

Video: Why is Prescribed Burning Important?

Tuesday, February 07, 2017 12:00 PM
MDWFP Private lands coordinator John Gruchy, explains how prescribed burning can be one of the most useful tools when it comes to wildlife habitat management.

Wild Turkey Habitat and Management

Monday, February 06, 2017 3:00 PM
Wild turkeys can be found across a variety of different habitat types within Mississippi. However, they do depend upon specific habitat types at different times throughout the year, and the lack of these components can limit turkey populations within a given area.

The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks and Mississippi State University Extension Service will offer two workshops for those interested in better understanding and managing wild turkeys on their properties.

A Bird's Eye View of Deer Habitat Quality

Friday, February 03, 2017 3:00 PM
Research shows that regional land-use trends influence deer antler size, and habitat management on your hunting land will produce more quality whitetails.

Explore "Wildlife Conservation and Predator Management" in this segment from the latest season of Mississippi Outdoors.

Introduction to Habitat Management

Thursday, February 02, 2017 8:00 AM
It is hard these days to read any article about hunting and not read something about the importance of habitat management. Wildlife biologists and managers frequently stress habitat management, but what is habitat? Most people know they should be managing their habitat, but few know what this really means, much less how to do it.

The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks has an 80 year plus history of conservation success. Their mission statement is to conserve and enhance Mississippi's Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks. Provide quality outdoor recreation and engage the public in natural resource conservation.

Amidst growing concern for populations of wild turkeys and other wildlife species, the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) seeks to begin a new initiative aimed at encouraging hunters and landowners to undertake management practices to boost numbers of sought-after game species.


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