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Posted on August 7th, 2017 in Forestry, Wildlife | No Comments »

Deer eating on tree.Hunting is a popular activity enjoyed by many Hoosiers. In 2001, around 277,000 Indiana residents hunted in Indiana. These activities help the state economically and help with the management of natural resources. Two of the most popular game species in Indiana are wild turkey and white tailed deer. Hunters can improve their success by managing the habitat on their hunting grounds.

All animals have the same basic needs of food, shelter, and water. Each species of animal will have some different requirements based upon their biology. By managing wildlife habitat on your property, you can attract more games species. Thinning around oaks in a forest can help to improve acorn production, which can attract deer and turkeys that feed on them in the fall. Improving nesting areas and planting food plots are other options for attracting game species.

Purdue Extension and Forestry and Natural Resources is hosting a Wildlife Field Day on Saturday, August 26th, from 8:30 to Noon located at 6615 S 875 E Monterey, Indiana. Topics will include warm season grass management, forest management for wildlife, invasive species, management for agricultural lands, and food plots. Speakers include Jarred Brooke, Purdue Wildlife Specialist, and Phil Woolery, Extension Educator for Stake and Pulaski Counties.

If you have any questions, please contact Phil Woolery at 574-772-9141 or There is a $5 registration fee to help cover refreshments and materials. To register, please contact the extension office at (574) 772-9141,, or go to Wildlife Field Day Registration.

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