Deer are beautiful, but not when they dine on your landscape plants

by Tim Daly, University of Georgia

My backyard was home to several large hostas. These plants prefer shady sites, and they were thriving where I had them planted. Then, one day, they simply disappeared.

All that was left were a few small branches sticking out of the ground. Something had eaten my hostas and the most probable culprits were deer. They tend to cause more problems for homeowners than most other types of wildlife. Continue reading

Texas AgriLife Extension will hold workshop on wildlife management Oct. 26

by Steve Byrnes

The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service will conduct the Multi-County Wildlife Management and Conservation Workshop Oct. 26 at the Borden County Event Center located on the east side of Gail on U.S. Highway 180.

The program, which involves the AgriLife Extension offices in Borden, Scurry, Mitchell, Dawson, Garza and Lynn counties, will start at 8:15 a.m. with registration. The program will last from 8:45 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. Continue reading

Gardening tips from the University of Georgia

Whether you are a veteran gardener or new to the local food movement, you are sure to find worthwhile advice in this collection of spring gardening articles from University of Georgia experts. From how to fight squash pests to planting the perfect flowers for pollinating insects, these articles are based on science by researchers with the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. Many of the articles are applicable to the entire Southeast. Happy gardening!

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Are some plants deer-resistant? Not really, say Georgia experts

From Georgia FACES

by Frank M. Watson, University of Georgia

When deer leave the shelter of the woods in search of food, they often inspect the shrubs and flowers in your front yard’s landscape as if they were browsing a buffet.

They will nibble your pansies as an appetizer and then fill up on the azaleas as their main course. Then they’re off to the day lilies for dessert. Continue reading

Deer mating season makes roads dangerous for drivers

From the New York Times.

It’s the deadliest time of the year for deer, which also pose a particular danger to motorists in autumn with the arrival of the mating and hunting seasons.

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NC towns turn to bow hunting to control deer

A growing number of communities around Charlotte are turning to bow hunters to thin the herds of deer that cause thousands of vehicle collisions a year.

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Group bands together to manage deer population

In the Raleigh News & Observer

By Mike Marsh — Correspondent

It was almost impossible to believe, but there was the evidence. First deer, then turkeys had eaten carefully nurtured long-leaf pine seedlings.

“Even the N.C. Wildlife Commission Biologist didn’t believe it until he saw it for himself,” said Ricky Ward, a 41-year-old forester for Claybourn Walters Logging in Fair Bluff. “But turkeys were digging eating the long-leaf seedlings deer hadn’t already eaten. The planting was a total loss.”

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Deer Integrated Pest Management: the old fashioned way

This article appeared in the Opinion section of the Raleigh News & Observer on August 15, 2013. The original title of the editorial was, “Do your NC deer duty: Kill one. Eat one. We’ll be safer, healthier.”

By John Wooding

Deer are tasty animals – and we should eat more of them for several reasons. Venison is low in fat, and, Lord knows, most of us need healthier diets. Plus, venison tastes good.

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Managing deer in school and business environments

Deer become a problem on the grounds of schools and other facilities when they eat ornamental vegetation or damage trees by rubbing their antlers on the bark. There are three main species of deer: white-tailed deer, which live throughout the US, black-tailed deer, distributed mainly along the Pacific coast, and mule deer, found primarily in the West.

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New urban IPM webinars

Below are several great webinars being hosted by eXtension.  You do not have to pre-register for these webinars – just join the session 15 minutes before the event.

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