Knight education


Emeritus Professor, Extension Wildlife Specialist


  • B.S.  Wildlife Management, Michigan State University, 1973
  • M.S.  Wildlife Biology, Michigan State University, 1975
  • Ph.D.  Natural Resource Management, University of Michigan, 1980

Extension Wildlife Activities

  • Policy related to wildlife management decisions
  • Private land wildlife habitat and population management
  • Wildlife/livestock grazing issues
  • Hunter/rancher relationships
  • Wildlife damage control
  • Questions, problems and opportunities identified by County/Reservation Agents, private landowners, public land managers and the general public on wildlife management issues

Wildlife Topics


  • Development and publication of a book, "Manage Your Land for Wildlife," to serve as a reference and guide for ranchers and other landowners seeking to manage wildlife habitat and populations on their land
  • Development of numerous methods and techniques for wildlife damage control now used and referenced across the country
  • Development and publication of the national curriculum for 4-H Shooting Sports Hunting
  • Development and publication of information related to benefits of ranching and livestock grazing for wildlife

Recent Publications

  • Knight, James E.  2014.  Effectiveness of modifying fences to exclude ungulates from high value pastures.  Research Bulletin Number 4603.  Montana State University, Bozeman, MT.
  • Knight, J. E.  2014.  Modifying fences to protect high value pastures from deer and elk.  Extension MontGuide  MT201401AG.
  • Knight, James E.  2008.  Manage Your Land For Wildlife.  Montana State University Extension.  Bozeman, MT.  246 pp.
  • Knight, J. E.  2007.  The contribution of landowners to big game in Montana.  MSU Extension MontGuide  SKUMT200604AG.
  • Fenster, R., and J. E. Knight.  2007.  Conserving white-tailed deer habitat when controlling noxious weeds with sheep.  MSU Extension MontGuide  SKUMT200603AG.
  • Knight, J. E.  2004.  Ranchers Guide to Wolf predation.  Montana State University Extension Bulletin EB# 163.
  • Vogel, M., and J. E. Knight.  2003.  Hantavirus:  What is it?  What can be done about it?  Montguide  MT199404AG.
  • Knight, James E., Editor.  2002.  After Wildfire-Information for Landowners coping with the aftermath of wildfire.  M.S.U. Extension Service.  54 pp.
  • Knight, J. E.  2002.  Electric fencing to exclude deer and elk from recovering burned areas.  In:  J. E. Knight, Ed.  After Wildfire-Information for Landowners coping with the aftermath of wildfire.  M.S.U. Extension Service.  54 pp.
  • Knight, J. E.  2001.  Determining the age of a deer.  MontGuide  MT200107AG.
  • Schmidt, L., and J. E. Knight.  2001.  Fencing to protect stored hay from deer and elk.  MontGuide  MT200108AG.
  • Knight, J. E.  2000.  Coping with bats in Montana homes.  MontGuide 2000-01.
  • Knight, J. E.  2000.  Guide to pocket gopher control in Montana.  MontGuide 2000-09.
  • Schmidt, L., and J. E. Knight.  2000.  Electric fencing to control deer on Montana’ s farms and ranches.  MontGuide 2000-10.
  • Knight, J. E.  2000.  Repelling birds using monofilament line.  MontGuide 2000-11.
  • Brence, L. A., and J. E. Knight.  1998.  A sportsman’ s guide to landowner relations.  MontGuide MT9813.