MISSISSIPPI STATE – Fee fishing, fee hunting, horse trail riding and sporting clays are outdoor recreational businesses based on Mississippi's natural resources that will be discussed at a May 29 workshop in Noxubee County.
A one-day workshop for farmers, landowners and resource managers will provide attendees with the resources to start and manage a natural resource enterprise. This workshop is ideal for people who either lease land for hunting and fishing recreation or are just looking for ways to increase property revenue. This event will be at Circle M Plantation near Macon. Circle M Plantation features sporting clays, fee fishing, gourmet dining, a lodging operation and hunting of quail, turkey and deer.
Beginning at 9 a.m., workshop participants will hear presentations about business management, marketing and customer satisfaction, types of outdoor recreational enterprises, landowner cost share programs and liability issues.
In the afternoon, participants will be taken into the field to learn about wildlife habitat management techniques and outdoor recreational enterprises, such as fee fishing and hunting. Specialists also will discuss wildlife habitat management, shooting sports, horse trail riding, and quail and native grassland management.
This workshop is part of a series by the Natural Resource Enterprises Program at Mississippi State University. This program is a partnership with MSU's Extension Service, MSU's Forest and Wildlife Research Center, the Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
MSU's Extension Service, MAFES and the FWRC cooperatively created and implemented the Natural Resource Enterprises Program to assist private landowners in developing alternative or supplemental methods of income on their land.
Registration for the workshop is $25, which includes a reference notebook, lunch, breaks, presentations by resource professionals, and a field tour with agency personnel. Early registration is recommended due to space limitations.
For more information about the workshop or to register, call (662) 325-3133 or go online to http://www.wildlifeworkshop.msstate.edu.