Schedule of Events: Wildlife Day
Basic Introduction to Wildlife ManagementPresenter: Sam Smallidge
This session will cover the basis of theory and methodology of living with wildlife on a cow-calf operation and its drawbacks, as well as benefits.
Calculate Population Estimates from Spotlight SurveyPresenter: Sam Smallidge
Participants will learn the importance of taking a wildlife survey and how to apply it to their management operation. Additionally, youth will learn the importance of a wildlife enterprise to their operation, and how to capitalize on a growing trend in various hunting enterprises.
'Oh Deer' GamePresenter: Wildlife Committee
The 'Oh Deer' Game teaches participants the importance of having enough food, cover, water, and a sustainable buck to doe ratio. This interactive game emphasizes how stewards of the land should consider all aspects of natural resource management and how decisions for one species impacts a web of others sharing the same range resources.
Working with Landowners on Hunting Opportunities and Habitat ImprovementsPresenter: Cal Baca, Rey Sanchez
Participants will learn how NM Game & Fish works with private landowners and public entities to preserve and explore hunting opportunities across New Mexico lands. In addition, the importance of improving and preserving wildlife habitats will be discussed.
Forest Management: Using the Ax, the Match, and the MarketPresenter: Doug Cram
In this session, the principles of forest and rangeland management, as they relate to ranch management plans, will be covered. Participants will learn how silvicultural techniques (the ax), prescribed fire (the match), and economic opportunities (the market) can be utilized to meet management objectives. Hands-on techniques to estimate timber resources will also be introduced.
Wildlife Enterprises on the RanchPresenter: Jack Diamond
Participants will learn from first-hand, how an outfitter works along with landowners to capitalize on the wildlife hunting opportunities afforded by the state.
Introduction to Predator ManagementPresenter: Sam Smallidge
Information and discussion on managing predators to meet livestock and wildlife ranch objectives.
Archery, Shooting Sports Trailer & Trapping/M44
Trapping/M44 Presenter: Tom McDowell
Team Planning: Wildlife Planning for Your Ranch
Discussion and work on including wildlife in ranch management plans.