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PrattTribune - Pratt, KS
  • Pratt hosts deer management school at fairgrounds

  • Deer hunters, land managers and wildlife enthusiasts will benefit from a quality deer management school at the Pratt County Fairgrounds on Saturday, Aug. 25.
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  • Quality Deer Management promotes sustainable, high quality white-tailed deer populations, wildlife habitats, and ethical hunting experiences.
    Quality deer management is about balancing the deer herd with the habitat, balancing the adult sex ratio, and balancing the age structure for bucks and does.
    This approach typically involves the protection of young bucks (yearlings and some 2.5 year-olds) combined with an adequate harvest of female deer to maintain a healthy population in balance with existing habitat conditions and landowner desires.
    This level of deer management involves the production of quality deer (bucks, does, and fawns), quality habitat, quality hunting experiences, and, most importantly, quality hunters.
    Quality Deer Management will work for anyone that owns or manages land.
    On most properties there are too many does due to years of buck harvest and very few harvested does.
    Farmers benefit from QDM because of the decrease in herd size after doe harvest. Naturalists also benefit from QDM from a habitat standpoint.
    The practices we use in QDM are about diversification of habitat. Some of the habitat improvement objectives include increasing cover and increasing the amount of forbs in our grasslands.
    Both of these practices would increase turkeys, pheasants, quail, and other wildlife. Hunters also benefit from QDM. Hunters will manage for an older age structure in bucks. A four year old buck is nearly always larger than a two year old.
    Deer hunters, land managers, and wildlife enthusiasts will have the chance to learn from Kansas' leading researchers and progressive habitat managers on Saturday, Aug. 25.
    The meeting will cover many aspects of deer management including doe and buck harvest, food plots, habitat management, survey techniques for population, antler growth and age structure.
    "Our hope is that you use these techniques to improve the health of your wildlife, habitat, and have a better hunting experience," said Cody Barilla, agricultural and natural resources agent with K-State Research and Extension in Reno County.
    The quality deer management school will be held on the Pratt County Fairgrounds at 81 Lake Rd. in Pratt Kansas.
    The meeting will start at 9 a.m. and end at 4 p.m. with a free lunch sponsored by American AgCredit, Hayden Outdoors and Star Seed.
    You can register for this event by calling 620-662-2371 or by emailing Cody Barilla at cbarilla@ksu.edu
    South Central Kansas Experiment Field Day - August 23
    Crop growers in south central Kansas will be updated on the latest corn, sorghum and wheat information when Kansas State University hosts its Fall Field Day at the K-State Research and Extension Redd Foundation Irrigation Field near Hutchinson on Thursday, Aug. 23.
    The field is located at the intersection of Kansas Highway 61 and Red Rock Road (about two miles south of Partridge on Highway 61, then 1,000 feet east on Red Rock Road). A map is available at http://goo.gl/maps/Kqha.
    Page 2 of 3 - The field day begins at 6 p.m. and ends with a meal and beverages at 7:30 p.m. Presentations will include:
    • Wheat Planting Considerations.
    • Corn Root System Architecture and P Uptake.
    • Managing Sorghum Before Planting Wheat.
    • Chloride on Corn and Sorghum.
    More information is available by calling 785-565-3909.
    Pratt County Extension Master Gardener "Tip of the Week"
    The Brown Recluse Spider
    Record high temperatures and rapid expanding drought across the country are resulting in an increase in spiders.
    One spider to watch out for is one of mother nature's most dangerous, the brown recluse. The extreme heat is driving brown recluses to seek refuge inside homes.
    More lies are told about the brown recluse spider than any other spider. Brown recluses live in a small area in the south central or south east part of the United States.
    Unfortunately, the entire state of Kansas is home for these spiders.
    Majority of the bites don't result in serious skin lesions, but those bites that do, can be very painful.
    There has never been a verifiable death resulting from their bite. Brown recluses don't attack, they defend.
    An accurate doctor diagnose of the bite can not be made without the doctor seeing the spider. This means that after you have been bitten, you have to capture.
    The brown recluse is smaller than you might imagine. It is about the size of a quarter. It's tan in color and has a dark spot in the shape of a violin on its body.
    They don't roam around the house during the day. Like their name suggests, they are reclusive.
    They typically hide in dark corners of your home, in stored items like boxes and in closets, or in the dirty laundry that has been laying on the closet floor for what seems like years.
    These spiders don't recognize humans as a food source. They only bite as a defense mechanism.
    Though newly built structurally tight houses are less likely to have a brown recluse population, any home may be invaded.
    Older homes with a number of unreachable spots may have standing populations that are difficult or impossible to eliminate.
    An older home with family members that don't pick up their dirty laundry are creating the ideal home for these spiders.
    How do you control these spiders?
    Remember that it is important to reduce numbers and to minimize the chances of being bitten.
    The best strategy is to take advantage of the spiders' daily rhythm.
    These spiders normally hide during the day and don't come out until an hour or two after dark.
    Page 3 of 3 - The search — and — destroy strategy will prove effective if timed to coincide with their activity.
    Use a crawling insect spray as you search for the spiders within a foot or two of walls. Look for a crack they might have been using to hide. If you find a crack, spray and then seal that crack.
    You may want to log the number and date of spider kills to see if you are making progress.

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