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Standard agricultural practices for dove hunters focus of May 8

* To help agricultural producers and dove hunters stay informed of the latest practices with winter pasture establishment, a May 8 meeting has been scheduled in Beaumont.

The meeting will be held from 6-9 p.m. at the Jefferson County Jury Impaneling Room, 1001 Pearl St., and will help producers learn the latest federal and state regulations regarding winter pasture establishment and migratory bird hunting

*There seems to be some misunderstanding regarding what standard agricultural practices are when it comes to winter pasture establishment,* said Dr. Larry Redmon, Texas Cooperative Extension state forage specialist.

*We intend to discuss the *standard* when it comes to planting and what alternatives might be used for earlier plantings for doves that do not violate the law. Department of Justice, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and state game wardens will also be on the program to help identify how they view the law when it comes to planting for doves.*

Redmon will discuss *Winter Pasture Establishment: Standard Agricultural Practices* and *Summer Plantings for Doves.*

Other speakers and topics will be: Jeff Odom, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, *Migratory bird hunting regulations: Federal Perspective* and Robbie Smith, Texas game warden in Jefferson County, *Migratory Bird Hunting Regulations: The State Perspective.*

Co-sponsors are Extension, Texas Parks and Wildlife, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the U.S. Department of Justice.

For more information, contact Kelby Boldt, Extension agent for Jefferson County, at 409-835-8461 or Redmon at 979-845-4826.

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