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17th Annual Holt Cat Symposium on Excellence in Ranch Management

October 29 - October 30

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The Future of the Wildlife Enterprise: Applying New Knowledge and Tools

Our symposium is going virtual! Two institutions dedicated to the conservation and stewardship of natural resources will present a free virtual wildlife and ranching symposium titled “The Future of the Wildlife Enterprise: Applying New Knowledge and Tools” on October 29-30, 2020. The King Ranch® Institute for Ranch Management’s (KRIRM) 17th Annual HOLT CAT® Symposium on Excellence in Ranch Management will be held virtually in partnership with the Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute (CKWRI).

The symposium will feature wildlife and ranching professionals who will discuss management practices, the challenges of balancing ranch resources, wildlife, and cattle operations. Included on the agenda are sessions for private and public lands in the western states and a quail and whitetail deer management session. Time will be allotted for a brief Q&A session after each presentation. View the lineup of speakers and a summary of their presentations below.

Registration on the Zoom platform is free of charge (link above). Registrants will not be required to create a Zoom account. The virtual program will begin on Thursday, October 29 at 12:00 pm and conclude at 4:30 pm. The second day will begin Friday, October 30 at 12:00 pm and adjourn at 3:30 pm. All times are Central Standard Time (CST). This webinar counts toward the qualifications required to earn the Texas Farm Credit Certificate in Advanced Ranch Management.

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Each year, the symposium features in-depth seminars and training on timely and important issues facing the ranching industry. Past topics have included beef marketing, horse program success on working ranches, succession planning, business management of hunting enterprises, practical stockmanship in ranching, and more.

Symposium Speakers

Dave DeLaney
General Manager of Ranching and Wildlife, King Ranch® Inc.

Future Challenges of Balancing Ranch Resources
Managing resource use among overlapping enterprises is seldom as easy as prescribed in the annual ranch plan. Speaking from a career’s worth of experience, here are some challenges coming over the horizon.

Greg Simons
Owner, Wildlife Systems, Inc.

The Changing Nature of Hunting
Traditional hunters are retiring. Those coming behind have interests greater than the harvest. Successful and experienced outdoor managers anticipate and will capitalize on these expectations.

Tyson Johnson
General Manager, Sooner Cattle Company

“Walking in Your Boots”
Wildlife in the Context of a Cattle Operation
Clearly communicating expectations can eliminate many resource management conflicts. Listen closely as a wildlife manager and a stockman share their expectations of the other’s enterprise.

Marc Bartoskewitz
General Manager, Cook Canyon Ranch

“Walking in Your Boots”
Wildlife in the Context of a Cattle Operation
Clearly communicating expectations can eliminate many resource management conflicts. Listen closely as a wildlife manager and a stockman share their expectations of the other’s enterprise.

Scott McFarlane
Wildlife Manager, Deseret Land and Livestock

Managing Public Resources on Private Lands
In most states, wildlife are a public resource inhabiting most private land. Consequently, private land managers are often caught in a quandary as to how best to manage wildlife and the natural resources they (and domestic livestock) depend on.

Rick Danvir
President, Basin Wildlife Consulting, LLC

Hunting on Private Lands in Predominately Public Land States
Pressure for public access to hunt private lands continues to rise. Invariably, legal issues arise regarding licensing and tag ‘metering’ regulations. This consultant has a career’s-worth of experience navigating this territory.

Clayton Wolf
Chief Operating Officer, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department

Chronic Wasting Disease: Myths versus Reality
Despite the attention it has garnered, CWD is still not well understood. Here is an opportunity for listeners to clear some of the confusion.

Fidel Hernandez, PhD
Endowed Professor for Quail Research, Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute

Implications of Recent Advances in Quail Management
Novel research by CKWRI scientists and students offers new insights, advances the understanding of population dynamics, and sheds light on the effectiveness of management on wild quail populations.

David Hewitt, PhD
Endowed Director of Wildlife Research, Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute

Implications of Recent Advances in Whitetail Deer Management
The effects of supplementation and genetic management (culling) have long been debated in scientific conferences and hunting lodges. Results of CKRWI supplementation and genetic management research projects provide insights to the impact of these management decisions/practices.

Carter Smith
Executive Director, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department

The Future of Hunting and Wildlife Management
Symposium discussion concludes with a big-picture look at how resource managers might combine symposium learning with personal experience to position their operations for environmental, social, and economic success.

Details

Start:
October 29
End:
October 30
Cost:
Free
Website:
http://krirm.tamuk.edu/symposium/

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