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Schedule of Events: Wildlife Day

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Morning Sessions

Basic Introduction to Wildlife Management

Presenter: 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 Survey

Presenter: 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' Game

Presenter: 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 Improvements

Presenter: 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 Market

Presenter: 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.


Afternoon Sessions

Wildlife Enterprises on the Ranch

Presenter: 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 Management

Presenter: 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

Field Judging


Evening Session

Team Planning: Wildlife Planning for Your Ranch

Discussion and work on including wildlife in ranch management plans.