Wildlife camp application deadlines approaching
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March 15, 2011
Application deadlines nearing for terrific summer youth wildlife camps
The application deadline for Texas Brigades summer camps is April 1. Students ages 13-17 may apply to attend one of its five summer camps offering wildlife education and leadership development.
Click here to apply online. Click here to download an application form from the Texas Brigades website.
South Texas Buckskin - June 5-9, Southern Star Ranch, Uvalde; Rolling Plains Bobwhite - June 18-22, Centennial Lodge, Coleman; South Texas Bobwhite - June 26-30, 74 Ranch, Campbellton; Bass Brigade - July 11-15, Warren Ranch, Santa Anna; North Texas Buckskin - July 17-21, Stasney's Cook Ranch
The Wildlife Conservation Camp will be held July 17-23 at the Welder Wildlife Foundation near Sinton. It is sponsored by the Texas Chapter of the Wildlife Society and is open to high school students who have completed the 9th grade or higher. The camp focuses on exciting hands-on activities with presentations led by Texas Chapter members and wildlife professionals from across Texas. The application deadline is May 1. Click here for more information about the camp.
WildLife 2011 features Laura Bush, great activities and auction items
Registration for WildLife 2011, July 7-10, in San Antonio, is now available online or via a printed registration form.
Click here for the online convention registration website, a new feature and offering for this year's event. Click here for a copy of the convention registration form to complete and mail/fax to the TWA headquarters office.
Laura Bush WildLife 2011 is at the JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort and Spa. Reduced full registration for the convention and a lower overnight room rate at the JW Marriott await all WildLife 2011 attendees.
Among the highlights at this year's convention is a presentation by former First Lady Laura Bush at the TWA Foundation Luncheon on Friday, July 8. Her presentation is titled, "Taking Care of Texas: Conservation and Land Stewardship."
This year's Grand Auction on Saturday, July 9, features aDesert Bighorn Sheep lucrative Desert Bighorn Sheep permit, a first for TWA and the Grand Auction. The permit is provided by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.
Other great activities at WildLife 2011 include education seminars, the TWA Family Dinner and Texas Big Game Awards Statewide Sportsman's Celebration, a record number of exhibitors, a TWA General Session, Casino Night, and much more.
Facebook posting prompts investigation into alligator killing in Bastrop County
A man who boasted on Facebook that he killed an 11˝-foot alligator in Central Texas is a prime suspect in the illegal shooting, Texas wildlife authorities said last week.
The San Antonio Express-News reports the gator's body was discovered near a creek in Bastrop County about a week ago, said Fred Ensinger, a game warden with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.
The alligator's size is an "anomaly," Ensinger said, noting that it's nearly twice as big as gators rarely seen so far from the Texas Gulf Coast. Amos Cooper, a state alligator expert, estimated it probably at least 20 to 30 years old and weighed between 500 to 800 pounds, given its length and girth.
Click here for the full article.
TWA promotes organization at TSCRA Trade Show in San Antonio
The Texas Wildlife Association is sponsoring an exhibit display at the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA) Trade Show, April 1-2, at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio.
The TWA display booth and Trade Show is part of the TSCRA's 134th Annual Convention. The TWA booth will promote organizational programs and activities, membership, and highlight TWA's partnership with TSCRA on key policy initiatives at the Texas Legislature.
Farmers, ranchers along border offering personal stories of impact on website
The Texas Wildlife Association supports Texas Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples and his efforts to bring attention and public awareness to the growing problem of border violence and the impact this activity is having on Texas farmers and ranchers.
The ProtectYourTexasBorder.com website allows farmers, ranchers, and landowners along the border a venue to chronicle their stories.
“With ProtectYourTexasBorder.com, the Texas Department of Agriculture documents the true stories of those who supply our food under the constant danger of criminals who have crossed our border illegally. Through this website, I implore the federal government to enforce our laws and secure our nation’s borders. We are at war, and our federal government must answer its call of duty to protect its citizens and our national security,” writes Commissioner Staples on the website.
TWA recognizes the sensitivity of the website and its content, and TWA joins Commissioner Staples in denouncing website comments that are inappropriate and encourage vigilantism.
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Mark Your Calendar
Wildlife for Lunch Webinar Series
March 24 - Waterfowl Management
April 21 - Aquatic Weed Control
Life's Better Outside Experience
May 6-8, Fort Worth
July 7-10, 2011, JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort and Spa
Make plans to attend Farm and Range Forum, April 1-2
The 2011 Farm and Range Forum, “Conserving Our Rural Heritage,” will be held in Uvalde, Friday, April 1 - Saturday, April 2.
Click here for agenda details and a registration form.
Friday’s activities include a tour of the Harris Ranch, with discussions about rangeland management, riparian values and protection, and healthy plant diversity. A steak dinner at the ranch will be followed by a campfire and conversation.
Saturday’s activities will be held at the Adult Activity Center in Uvalde. Topics to be covered include pesticide laws and regulations (with CEUs available), public benefits of private land, ways to maximize conservation values, estate planning, income diversification, and economic development. Con Mims, General Manager of the Nueces River Authority, will be the keynote speaker at lunch.
A special presentation about the “Barn Again” program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation will also be given. Attendees can earn 5 hours of CEU credit for Certified Professional in Range Land Management.
A hotel block with rooms for $89.95 per night has been arranged at the Uvalde Holiday Inn Express. Please call (830) 278-7300 and ask for the “Farm and Range Forum” block of rooms.
TWA welcomes new members!
Gary Barrett, Austin
Joseph Bruno Jr., Driftwood
Kevin Burns, Dallas
Larry Garza, San Antonio
Alonzo Gates III, San Antonio
David Kramer, Fort Worth
Jessica Lucas, Austin
Todd McLemore, Austin
Clyde Morton, Louise
Michael Mulcahy, Sugar Land
Alan Murphy, Cypress
F. E. Pryor Jr., Canyon Lake
William Pusley, La Porte
Don Riddle, Houston
Billy Schlab, Llano
Green Smith Jr., North Zulch
Christian Stahl, Salt Flat
Carl Stroud, Aledo
Micheal Weaver, Highlands
Robert Wooldridge, League City
Robert Wright, Galveston
4 R Ranch, Kilgore
ASD Holdings, LLC, Carrizo Springs
East Mill Creek Ranch, LLC, Spring
Lago Bello, LLC, Houston
Law Office Of George P. Morrill III, Beeville
Outlaws Roost Outfitters, Mobeetie
Payne Payne-McBride Cattle Co., Weslaco
Texas Catorce Ranch, LP, Weimar
Gary Baring, Floresville
Kevin Benefield, Katy
Martin Bowen, Fort Worth
Bill Knight, Fort Worth
Trel Lloyd, New Braunfels
Dennis McBroom, Nocona
Clay Person, Laredo
Jeff Rogers, Fort Worth
Mark Willett, Laredo
Lisa Williams, Kerrville
Colorado-Mann Hunting Club, Cedar Park
Heifer Trap LLC, Austin
TCU Ranch Management Program, Fort Worth
Christopher Smith, Spring
Grant Schwertner, Miles
Janet Andrews Family, Sonora
Charles Turney, Alpine
Travis Asklund, Georgetown
Ben Boothe, Fort Worth
Sanch Boothe, Fort Worth
Harry (Dale) Clark III, Haltom City
Lauren Cowley, Stephenville
Dan Craine, Fort Worth
Robert Mann APO, AE
Robert Patton Jr., Fort Worth
James Petta, Corpus Christi
Flavious Smith Family, Crawford
Wilson Woods, Fort Worth
Texas Ranch Management & Construction, Aledo
Barnard Partners, Haltom City