Deer Habitat

first_imgGeorgia deer hunters and property owners are saying that they are seeing less deer than they once did and that the population isn’t what it was 10 or 15 years ago.While there is no hard-and-fast method to determining the exact number of deer in a given county, much less an entire state, current population estimates are coming in at just over 1 million animals across Georgia. Ultimately, the issue does not lie within the actual population density statewide; instead, the habitat quality in a particular area limits the number of deer hunters may see.Aside from planting food plots, deer hunters give little thought to the overall habitat of the animals they are pursuing.A habitat is an area with all of the combinations of resources — food, water and cover — and environmental conditions that promote the occupancy of a species and allow that species to thrive and reproduce. It is important to realize that just because an animal is using a given area does not mean the conditions in that area will permit long-term survival of that species.In order to increase an area’s ability to attract, hold and provide long-term resources, hunters and land managers must first identify the “lowest hole in the bucket.” This analogy is used to compare an ecosystem to a bucket with holes in it. Nothing can be added to the bucket until the lowest hole is plugged.In the case of habitat management, this means identifying the limiting factors that prevent a given area from being a quality habitat for the species for which it is being managed. Limiting factors are often related to food, water and territory availability. To determine the requirements necessary for a given species, managers often turn to a habitat suitability index (HSI). An HSI provides a list of what is needed for a given species and offers techniques to obtain quantifiable measurements of each of the habitat components necessary for that species.It is essential to realize that oversupplying one of the components necessary for a quality habitat ultimately robs from another. It is important to consider all of the habitat needs of the species being managed and to meet those needs according to the HSI.Many hunters and land managers manage 100 acres of property or less. Depending on the species that is being managed, this amount of property could be considered small. In this situation, the land manager has to consider the surrounding properties. For instance, if the property being managed is surrounded by corn or soybean fields, it would not be beneficial for the landowner to spend time and money planting food plots. In this case, it would not be the lowest hole in the bucket and would ultimately take away from the cover aspect of the habitat requirements.The lowest-hole-in-the-bucket concept is a broad-spectrum outlook of wildlife habitat management. There are many considerations to be made in the management field.last_img read more

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9 months agoLee Clark Exclusive: Chasing Man City can’t slip-up; don’t forget Spurs

first_imgLee Clark Exclusive: Chasing Man City can’t slip-up; don’t forget Spursby Lee Clark9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveThe festive period is a great time for a football fan, and for close to 30 years, I was fortunate enough to be around professional football clubs during those hectic two-and-a-half weeks.It’s very similar for a player and a coach. There’s certainly no festivities because you need to be in peak condition, ready to face the amount of games that you have. You lose track of the days really, because the games just come thick and fast, you’re playing every 48 to 72 hours over a two-and-a-half-week period.I think if you ask players, they prefer the playing side to the training sessions and the opportunities to get games. But the hardest part as a player are the little knocks and niggles where as if you had a full working week you could maybe get over them. And then from a manager’s point of view, you’ve got a conundrum. What if you’re team plays well and the individuals play well and they get a result? Do you stick with that team? They’re playing with confidence and they’ve got a good result. But in the back of your mind, you’re thinking, have they got the energy levels to reproduce the level of performance again? And if you do stick with the winning team and they lose because they’re lacking freshness, then you regret that you didn’t freshen the group up. So its a tough one really. Also, with the size of squads in the Premier League and squads that have players that can replicate each other with good performances, it’s a real tough period and balancing act for managers especially. There were a number of great games over the festive period, it’s a great time to go and watch football. All I would temper with that is, are we getting value for money because teams are resting players? To argue against that, I would look at the last game of the festive period when the two sets of players for Manchester City and Liverpool still had enough energy left to produce a fantastic game.It was a really interesting two weeks of football, but obviously the stand-out was City vs Liverpool. It was a game of the highest quality. And when I say highest quality, I mean world-class players for both teams at every position in every aspect of the game, it wasn’t just the quality of the passing and the possession, it was the high-tempo pressing of both teams, and the individual talent was also incredible. It was class in every aspect of the game. And I think for some people who maybe don’t understand the game would have been expecting a lot of chances from both sides. But when you have so many good players, including the defenders and goalkeepers, you’re going to be dealing with some quality footballers and that was what was achieved on the day. I agree with what Pep said after the game. City have to treat every game like a cup final. I don’t think they are in a position to drop any more points. But if there’s any team in the league that could go from now until the end of the season and not lose, it’s Manchester City. The win over Liverpool will give them a huge lift. Jurgen Klopp went and made big changes against Wolves which resulted in another loss, but I think when they get that starting XI back they’ll be fine. It’s different for them now because they’re the leaders and are getting chased by people. It does bring extra pressure onto the players when they are getting chased, knowing that every game they play that doesn’t end with maximum points and they’ll be looking over their shoulder to see if that gap between them and the others is getting closer. I’m excited to watch it, it’s going to be a cracking race with them going toe to toe. And let’s not forget what Tottenham are about because they’re hanging in there. They’ve got a terrific young squad as well. I’m certainly looking forward to second-half of the season! TagsOpinionAbout the authorLee ClarkShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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23 days agoSouthampton midfielder Romeu happy for Lampard over Chelsea return

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Southampton midfielder Romeu happy for Lampard over Chelsea returnby Paul Vegas23 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveSouthampton midfielder Oriol Romeu has backed former team-mate Frank Lampard to be a success at Chelsea.The pair played with each other at Stamford Bridge after Romeu joined the Blues from Barcelona in 2011.They will reunite again when Saints host Chelsea at St. Mary’s this Sunday.Speaking about Lampard, Romeu said: “He was such a good player and a good professional.”It’s good to see him doing that role there because he was a good leader and an amazing professional.”As a player, I don’t think there is much else to say because we all know what he did and how good he was.”Now, as a manager, I think he can also step in and do a great job.” last_img read more

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10 days agoFrance great Fernandez: Giroud must leave Chelsea

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say France great Fernandez: Giroud must leave Chelseaby Paul Vegas10 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveFrance great Luis Fernandez says Olivier Giroud needs to leave Chelsea.Giroud has struck in both of France’s games this week, but Fernandez feels he could be doing much more for the Les Bleus if he was playing consistently at club level.He explained: “I think he will leave Chelsea this winter, he has to leave. “If he does not find a new club, it may be complicated. You have to play and have rhythm. “There will certainly be a discussion with Didier (Deschamps, France coach).” last_img read more

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Rate hike argument builds as poll shows companies to hire invest more

first_imgOTTAWA – Canadian companies are more upbeat about the future than they were three months ago with firms planning to boost investment and to hire more workers, according to the Bank of Canada’s latest business outlook survey.With a little more than a week before the Bank of Canada’s next interest rate announcement, the results Monday further solidified forecasters’ expectations that governor Stephen Poloz will raise the trend-setting interest rate for a third time since last summer.“The big takeaway from today is that this survey gives the Bank of Canada a green light — a bright green light — to hike interest rates again next week,” Manulife Asset Management senior economist Frances Donald said in an interview.The poll results showed firms had begun to focus more on hiring and investment to address capacity pressures that had intensified over the past year — mostly due to labour shortages. They expected this pressure to persist for the next 12 months, the survey said.Overall, the results, which are closely examined by the central bank, found that business sentiment in the country had almost climbed back up to its summertime high.Donald said the outlook survey is one of the few forward-looking indicators available in Canada and she believes that more results like the report Monday would put the central bank on an even more aggressive rate-hiking path.“If businesses continue to indicate, like they did today, that they want to hire more and spend more that’s only going to encourage the Bank of Canada to want to cool the economy before it becomes overheated,” she said.The indicator reflecting firms’ plans to increase investment spending perked back up, close to a post-recession high, and became more broadly based across sectors and regions.Hiring intentions have also increased since the fall, particularly in the service sectors, as labour shortages became “more intense than they were a year ago.”“Firms plan to expand operations to accommodate sustained demand, which is evident in a rebound of investment and employment intentions since the autumn survey,” said the bank’s report, which shared results of its poll of about 100 companies.The survey showed the share of businesses predicting they would face some or significant difficulty meeting any unexpected rush of demand had also climbed to its highest level since the 2008-09 recession.The Bank of Canada noted capacity pressures had yet to translate into generalized wage pressures.However, the bank’s report said wage-growth pressures had edged up and were widespread in British Columbia, where firms reported challenges in recruiting and retaining workers because of stiffer hiring competition and minimum-wage increases.“It highlights that inflationary pressures are increasing as a result of, in part, expectations for higher wages being paid,” said Scotiabank deputy chief economist Brett House said Monday.“We’re seeing increasing confidence in the recovery and we expected the pickup in wages because of both the tightening labour market and the fact that wages typically follow macroeconomic growth.”The poll showed companies still intended to spend and hire more, even with growing concerns about the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement and expanding protectionism, in general. Some firms predicted U.S. growth and the low Canadian dollar to help their sales over the coming 12 months.The central bank’s survey also found that companies remained upbeat about their sales growth expectations for the upcoming year. Their outlooks, however, had moderated somewhat since the fall with predictions that the strong run of recent sales activity would return to a more normal level.In terms of sales growth, businesses highlighted “strong real estate markets, sustained foreign demand and tangible support from federal stimulus spending,” the report said.All eyes are now on the Bank of Canada’s rate announcement next Wednesday.Last Friday, an impressive jobs report led some analysts to change their predictions to say that Poloz would indeed raise the rate target next week, a move that would likely prompt the big banks to raise their prime rates.The employment numbers showed that job creation in 2017 reached a pace not seen in a calendar year since 2002. The surge helped push the unemployment rate last month to 5.7 per cent — its lowest mark in more than 40 years.Follow @AndyBlatchford on Twitterlast_img read more

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Tumbler Ridges receives an unexpected gift from a visitor

first_imgThere was an estimated infusion of roughly 5000 people to the town of Tumbler Ridge that has a population of 2000 people. With the hotels filled to capacity and restaurants trying to accommodate the needs of their guests, Bertrand said: “Hats off to them for putting in the hard work and trying to satisfy all the visitors.”At times with 5-6 hour waits to see the Throne, “I was absolutely impressed by the good spirits of everybody even with the long wait times. Everybody seemed to make conversation with their fellow linemates making new connections,” said Bertrand. Even local restauranteurs were bringing food out to the site to sell to the people waiting in line.The economic infusion and the exposure to the area was an unexpected gift, the community stepped up, as we appreciate and know what we have here and we are trying to develop our tourism, “The good publicity and exposure were phenomenal,” said Bertrand.Bertrand shares, 4 boxes of Tumbler Ridge’s new visitor guide, roughly 300 brochures of the area were handed out to the visitors. Bertrand again expresses that even with the lack of time to prepare the level of response to the Throne was “absolutely incredible.”Even now that the Throne is gone, Bertrand shares Wild River Adventure Tours continue to go back to the site of the Throne to clean up the area. “We were not prepared for the amount of garbage and cigarette butts and Randy (Owner/operator of Wild River Adventure Tours) is going back to restore the area to what it was before.” TUMBLER RIDGE, B.C. – This past week an unexpected visitor left the community of Tumbler Ridge with a gift that Mayor Keith Bertrand says was an incredible opportunity of exposure.The past week the Game of Thrones, Throne was placed near Babcock Creek which drew an unexpected and large following of fans to the area for an opportunity to view and sit upon the Throne. Wild River Adventure Tours were the main organizers and the caretakers of the Throne while it remained in Tumbler Ridge. Bertrand said, “They put in a lot of long days and went above and beyond to make the experience memorable for everybody.”Bertrand shares he is absolutely thrilled by the response to the Throne and that the community saw visitors travel to the area from Seattle, Victoria and Alaska. There was also a Grande Prairie helicopter business offering tours to see the Throne.last_img read more

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Salvation Army gets a modern face lift

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Changes have been taking place at the Salvation Army and the latest update is a modern facelift to the frontage windows of the building.In keeping with the theme of the Food Bank’s new Food Truck, the frontage windows have received the same vinyl wrap treatment that shares wordage such as hope, faith and dignity.Cameron Eggie, Executive Director of the Salvation Army shares that in the summer the flooring within the 100th Avenue location building will also be upgraded in partnership with the national property department. After applying and receiving a grant to do the floors means the cost will not impact local resources. The flooring will cover both the Food Bank and Thrift store which will cover approximately 9000 sqft. The store’s awning would be another detail that would help groom and update the Salvation Army’s appearance yet Eggie said there are no confirmed plans as of yet. Replacement is a significant cost yet Eggie shares, there are alternative options to re-paint and seal the awning by hand.You can contact Cameron Eggie at [email protected] read more about the Food Banks’s Food Truck; CLICK HERElast_img read more

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If Modi is reelected he will change India into totalitarian regime Mamata

first_imgMathabhanga (WB): West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Thursday said if Prime Minister Narendra Modi returned to power, he would throw away the Constitution and change the country from a democracy to a totalitarian regime. Modi has three slogans “loot”, “riots” and “kill the people”, she said at a rally in Cooch Behar. Claiming that it was the TMC government which solved the six decade-old enclave issue with Bangladesh in 2015, Banerjee said the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill was an attempt by the BJP to turn legal citizens of the country into refugees. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details “We (TMC) will never allow NRC (National Register of Citizens) in Bengal. Modi is no one to decide who will stay and leave the country. The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill is another ploy to turn legal citizens of this country into refugees. We should be careful of their (BJP’s) sinister plot,” she said. Mocking Modi for his ‘Main Bhi Chowkidar’ campaign, the chief minister said the ‘chaiwallah’ (tea seller) who failed to fulfil promises made during the 2014 Lok Sabha polls has now turned into a ‘chowkidar’ (watchman) to fool people.last_img read more

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Punjab National Bank appoints Rajesh Yaduvanshi as new executive director

first_imgNew Delhi: Punjab National Bank (PNB) Tuesday said it has appointed Rajesh Kumar Yaduvanshi as the Executive Director of the bank with effect from April 15.Yaduvanshi brings with him a diversified experience of over 3 decades in the banking industry, having held senior positions in the banking sector both in India and abroad, the bank said. He has also worked with Dena Bank in capacity of the Executive Director. Yadivanshi, having 34 years of banking career, had joined PNB as a management trainee in 1985. He holds a doctorate in science from lndian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi and has over and is also a certified associate member of lndian lnstitute of Bankers. With his joining, PNB now has three Executive Directors, the others being L V Prabhakar and A K Azad.last_img read more

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Dignitaries of Sahrawi tribes condemn Algerias hostile positions against Moroccos territorial

first_imgLaayoune – Dignitaries of Sahrawi tribes in the southern provinces condemned, Thursday, the hostile positions of Algeria against Morocco’s territorial integrity.In a joint statement, the dignitaries denounced the multiplying acts of hostility expressed clearly in the message sent on October 28 by Algerian president to a conference in Abuja.They reaffirmed the attachment of the Sahrawi population to the glorious Alawite throne, stressing that the achievements made in development and the major projects initiated in all regions of the Kingdom, in the southern provinces in particular, testify to the commitment of the Kingdom to modernizing and strengthening the democratic edifice. They also noted that the maneuvers by Algiers to undermine the territorial integrity of the Kingdom will only further strengthen the attachment of the Saharawi people to the sacred values ??of the nation and the proposal for autonomy in the southern provinces, welcomed by the international community.last_img read more

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