If you enjoy hunting or freshwater fishing, and you live within driving distance of Milton, you’ll want to mark Aug. 23 on your calendar.
Wildlife Expo 2008 will be held at the Pensacola Junior College Milton campus that day and will run from 8:45 a.m. to 4 p.m. There’ll be six sessions offered during the day, and participants will have their pick of attending one of three seminars offered during each session.
The sponsors of the event are the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS), Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Buckmasters, National Wild Turkey Federation, National Rifle Association, Ducks Unlimited and other organizations.
“Our goal is to get outdoors men and women and landowners together from North Florida and South Alabama and for them to have the opportunity to interact with wildlife professionals,” said Rick Williams of IFAS. “We hope that at the end of the day, all the parties can take away things they can apply, whether it’s managing food plots or managing their lands for deer, turkey, quail or even waterfowl.”
Seminar topics include food plot preparation and blends; field judging white-tailed deer; managing native vegetation for wildlife; keeping deer on your property; using game cameras properly; turkey hunting for beginners; and cooking wild game. Demonstrations also will be available on tree stand safety and archery. A complete list of topics for the Wildlife Expo can be found online at Wildlife Expo 2008.
Official scorers for the Florida Buck Registry, Boone and Crockett and Pope and Young will be on hand to score trophy racks. Scoring will be limited to the first 20 people who sign up by calling Robin Vickers at 850-983-5216, ext. 113.
Williams said there’ll be a special emphasis on kids, with sessions covering ATV safety, shooting safety and poisonous plants and animals. One of the speakers will be 11-year-old Zac Cooper, a local young man and the son of Santa Rosa County taxidermist Chad Cooper. Zac’s hunting skills have become well known, and he’s featured in his own segment on the Outdoor Channel.
The cost to attend Wildlife Expo 2008 is $5. Those under 16 will be admitted free. The first 75 people through the door receive a T-shirt.
Registration begins at 8 a.m. at the Bo Johnson Center (Building 4000) on campus. A map of the PJC Milton campus can be viewed at http://www.pjc.edu/includes/maps/PJC-M-MAP.pdf.
For more information, contact Rick Williams or Robin Vickers with IFAS at 850-983-5216.