While in college, I was taught about the circle principle. Simply stated, the principle is that our knowledge base is like a circle. As the circumference of a circle increases, the border of the circle gets bigger. Likewise, the more we know, the more we realize we don’t know. I’ve been a practicing wildlife biologist for 20+ years. My firm, Woods and Associates, Inc. was incorporated during 1990. Throughout this time, I’ve worked primarily with white-tailed deer and turkey throughout their ranges. Even with this level of experience and opportunities to learn, I have more questions now than when I started and my desire to learn is probably at an all time high.
Because I’m now a husband, dad, etc., I have less time I can dedicate to learning, research, etc. That’s why I really enjoy learning from others that share my passion for hunting, wildlife, and habitat management. One of the best ways to meet such folks is at events such as the Land and Wildlife Expo to be held in Nashville, TN during August 12th – 14th. There will be speakers talking about the many aspects of deer management and current topics such as predation. There will also be field demonstrations and the ability to visit directly with manufacturers. This is a great chance to ask wildlife managers and folks from the hunting industry direct questions face to face.
I look forward to learning and hopefully sharing information with fellow hunters and wildlife managers. If you plan to attend, let me know. Several of the GrowingDeer.tv gang are talking about planning a time we can visit about our personal hunting and management plans for this fall. I plan on learning and preparing to be a better hunter this fall. I hope we can visit there.
Growing Deer together,