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Texas Wildlife Association "Sighted In" Newsletter
Texas Wildlife Association

April, 2010

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March 31, 2010 

Initial South Central Texas Regional Water Plan available for review and comment

The March 2010 Initially Prepared Plan (IPP) for South Central Texas Regional Water Planning Group (Region L) is now available for review and comment.  Click here for the full Initially Prepared Plan.

Comments can be submitted to the San Antonio River Authority (Ms. Erin Newberry, San Antonio River Authority) through June 16, 2010, or at one of three public hearings below:

Victoria Community Center
April 12, at 7 p.m., 2905 North St., Victoria, TX 77901

San Antonio City Council Chambers
April 13, at 7 p.m., 114 W. Commerce, San Antonio, TX 78205

San Marcos Activities Center
April 15, at 7 p.m., 501 East Hopkins, San Marcos, TX 78666

Gone fishing? More Americans did in 2009  

At a time when the economy has shaken big-time sports from the PGA to the NFL, the low-key pastime of fishing has enjoyed a quiet resurgence, according to the Sarasota Herald Tribune. 

A pair of recent studies indicate that families have been turning to fishing, which can be as simple as standing on the shore with a rod and reel, as a good way to spend time together without wrecking the household budget.

A report commissioned by The Outdoor Foundation found that, in a decade during which the number of anglers generally dropped, 2009 bucked the trend and saw an increase of 1.6 percent or 630,000 participants. A separate study found one of the largest bumps since the 1970s in fishing license purchases, based on a 12-state index. 

Click here for the full article. 

TWA partnering with popular outdoors magazine in special contest 

Members and supporters of TWA can support the organization by taking part in a special promotional subscription/sweepstakes sponsored by "Texas Sporting Journal."Texas Sporting Journal.jpg

The contest allows someone who subscribes to "Texas Sporting Journal" or renews their subscription to the publication to donate funds to the association of their choice (including TWA) and automatically enter the sweepstakes contest.  For every new one-year subscription or renewal to Texas Sporting Journal, TSJ will donate $5 in the person's name to TWA or $8 to TWA for a two-year subscription or renewal, as well as automatically enter the person in the TSJ Four Seasons Slam Sweepstakes.

Fear is fallout from Missouri's first deer with brain illness

It was just one deer, but people are spooked, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

In late February, a single whitetail buck in central Missouri tested positive for chronic wasting disease, a contagious, fatal brain infection. It was the state's first-ever case, found in one animal among the state's estimated 1.4 million deer.

The discovery prompted a swift reaction.  State and federal officials, preparing for this moment in Missouri for years, quickly quarantined the high-fence ranch in Linn County where the sick deer was found. They hoped to quell the outbreak before it spread unchecked in the wild.  Click here for the full article.

 

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Mark Your Calendar 

Trans-Pecos Prescribed Fire Symposium
April 8-9, Alpine

Wildlife for Lunch Webinar Series
April 15, Managing Farm and Ranch ponds for Largemouth Bass
June 17, Feral Hogs - The Good, the
Bad, and t
he Ugly

Women of the Land Workshop
May 14-16
La Bandera Ranch, Carrizo Springs

Desert QuailMasters
April 25-27, Midland/Odessa
June 6-8, TBD
August 15-17, Armendaris Ranch, NM
October 24-26, Alpine

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TWA Conservation Program Coordinator Justin Dreibelbis (left) and TWA Director Dr. Bob Dittmar, DVM, assist in a turkey necropsy presentation at the Rio Grande Wild Turkey Symposium, March 25-26, in Hunt. 

Over 70 people attended the symposium at the Kerr Wildlife Management Area, a great turnout for the event. TWA partnered with AgriLife Extension, Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, Wildlife Systems, Inc., Texas Parks & Wildlife Department, Texas Tech University, USDA-NRCS, National Wild Turkey Federation, Texas A&M Institute of Renewable Natural Resources, and Kerrville Veterinary Clinic in supporting the symposium.

TWA welcomes new members!
Randall Adkinson, Houston
John Apgar, Van Horn
Rowan Arnold, Lampasas
David Basham, Clifton
Brooks Blake, Marble Falls
Charles Blanton, Comanche
James Cheatam, Conroe
Cecil Cole, Brownwood
Austin Cotton, Austin
Bentley Cotton, Austin
Michael Cotton, Kempner
Wesley Crooks, San Angelo
Gary Daniels, Goldthwaite
Ted DeTienne, Billings MT
Nick DeTienne, Laurel MT
Teri Eden, San Marcos
William Elliott, Kyle
Donald Harmon, Comanche
Derrick Head, Goldthwaite
David Hobbs, Corpus Christi
Lovie Humphries, Dublin
Michael Hunt, Goldthwaite
Catheryn James, Garland
Monty Jones, May
Ryan Kingston, Menard
Ronald Launder, Fort Worth
Moses Macias, Humble
Charles Martin, Canyon
Jake McBee, La Vernia
Heath McGenee, Lubbock
Waymond Moore, Kemp
Howard Morgan, Dublin
Donald Norman, Seabrook
Tracy Ownbey, Aledo
Doug Rainbolt, San Saba
Michael Rockafellow, Burnet
Jim Ruttle, Deming NM 



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