June 3, 2010
Wet weather early in year could mean great hunting this coming FallIt's easy for hunters to get spoiled in Texas, according to outdoor writer Will Leschper.
From September through May, there is at least one ongoing hunting season for some game animal or bird in every region of the state, which includes the nation's highest number of deer, turkeys and migrating doves. However, this past fall, winter and spring have featured tough hunting conditions for a host of game due to previous drought and an ensuing boom in vegetation thanks to good precipitation levels. That moisture even included decent snow accumulations in parts of West Texas and the Big Country, and set the stage nicely for quality habitat.
What it ultimately has meant is below-average range conditions across the state have swung in the opposite direction heading toward the tail end of the calendar, and provided we maintain average moisture levels, this fall could be a banner hunting year. That means quail and turkey populations that have taken a beating from Mother Nature should rebound for the ground-nesters, as well as providing good news for the king of outdoor game animals in Texas: the white-tailed deer.
Click here for the full Leschper column published in the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal.
WildLife 2010 features special presentations and events
The 25th Anniversary celebration of the Texas Wildlife Association, June 25-26, features several unique events and presentations to commemorate the historic occasion.
Among the items: Special recognition will be provided to TWA Co-Founders and to TWA Past Presidents; TWA Past President Steve C. Lewis and TWA Vice President Emeritus David K. Langford are featured speakers at the TBGA Statewide Banquet; and a new devotional gathering of members is scheduled on Sunday morning.
Obama administration holds meetings in Montana on "Great Outdoors" initiative
On the edges of a vast landscape that measures in the millions of acres and stretches north through a wilderness area and a scenic national park, ranchers and environmentalists have been able to agree on a lot lately, according to the Associated Press.
The work done to preserve land in northwestern Montana's "Crown of the Continent" was made the shining example on June 2 of what the Obama Administration hopes to achieve with its new "America's Great Outdoors Initiative."
Click here for the full article published in the San Antonio Express-News.Indictment claims Texas brothers weaved tangled deer hunting web in Kansas
Two East Texas brothers are facing stiff legal charges that could lead to extensive jail time and staggering fines if federal prosecutors are able to prove their involvement in illegal deer hunting in Kansas between 2005 and 2008, according to the Lufkin Daily News.
On May 25, a federal grand jury in Wichita, Kan., handed down a 23-count felony indictment which charges that James Bobby Butler and Marlin Jackson Butler, both of Martinsville, worked together in operating a guiding service and hunting camp called Camp Lone Star in Comanche County, Kansas. There, prosecutors say the brothers sold guided hunts to non-resident hunters for the purpose of illegally hunting and killing white-tailed deer and mule deer.
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Wildlife Conservation Camp extends application deadline for July 11-17 camp
The Texas Chapter of the Wildlife Society's Wildlife Conservation Camp has extended its application deadline to June 4 for the July 11-17 camp at the Welder Wildlife Refuge in Sinton.
Students who have completed the 9th grade through entering college freshman are eligible to participate in the camp. Campers will experience hands-on activities led by wildlife professionals that include wildlife and plant identification, hunting as a management tool, species diversity, conservation ethics, wildlife capture and survey techniques, wildlife tracking, predator-prey dynamics, white-tailed deer management, fishing, hunter safety, shooting skills, and much more. The week-long camp is especially recommended for high school students who are considering a career in wildlife management or the natural sciences.
Click here for a camp brochure and application.