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Texas Wildlife Association "Sighted In" Newsletter
Texas Wildlife Association

August, 2010

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August 16, 2010

First-ever Texas Wildlife Short Course covers great range of topics and issues

Texas is getting ready for hunting season with the Texas AgriLife Extension Service’s first-ever Texas Wildlife Short Course, August 20-21, at the Brazos County Exposition Center.

The Texas Wildlife Short Course is designed for both new and seasoned sportsmen alike, providing up-to-date information on various aspects of wildlife management.  Educational topics covering white-tailed deer management, the use of infrared cameras for scouting, and what forages to plant for deer and doves will be discussed.  Feral hog and farm pond management and marketing wildlife on your piece of Texas will also be covered.  A special session will be devoted to managing wildlife for the 1-d-1 Open Space Lands tax valuation. 

Following the conclusion of the Texas Wildlife Short Course on August 21 is the Texas Big Game Awards Regions 5, 6, 7 (Post Oak Savannah, Pineywoods, and Coastal Prairies) Sportsman’s Celebration at 1 p.m.   Click here to register for the Texas Wildlife Short Course.

TPWD optimistic about dove hunting prospects across the state

Texas hunters can anticipate good numbers of dove as ample rainfall across most of the state has set the stage for the upcoming Sept. 1 season opener, according to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.

Timely rainfall usually equates to above average dove production, and by all field accounts from TPWD wildlife biologists, this year is shaping up to produce a boom crop of birds.

“Above-average rainfall across most of the state has created ideal habitat conditions for doves,” said Corey Mason, TPWD dove program leader. “I expect above-average production this year and hunt success should be high provided doves are not dispersed.”

Click here for the full season outlook news release.  

Groups seek ban on lead ammunition, fishing tackle 

Five environmental groups urged the Environmental Protection Agency on August 3 to ban lead in ammunition and fishing tackle, arguing that millions of animals are dying from eating lead-shot pellets or carcasses contaminated by lead, according to the San Antonio Express-News.

The Center for Biological Diversity, along with the American Bird Conservancy, the Association of Avian Veterinarians, Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility and a hunters group called Project Gutpile, are seeking a ban under the Toxic Substances Control Act.

The National Shooting Sports Foundation, a trade group for the firearms, ammunition, hunting and shooting sports industry, called the petition an "anti-hunting attack on traditional ammunition."  Click here for the full article. 

Kristy Lee Cook fires back at PETA for comments about hunting show  

PETA's taking aim at former "American Idol" contestant Kristy Lee Cook’s new hunting reality show, "Goin' Country," but Cook's not afraid to fire back, according to Fox News.

“Goin' Country,” which began its eight episode run on Versus in early August, follows the singer trying to land a record deal as she participates in hunts across the country. Cook responded to PETA's criticism with conviction.

"Given that hunters have done more for American wildlife conservation than any other group in history, I make no apology for being one," Cook told FOX411.com. "Indeed, I join the ranks of millions of American hunters who celebrate our outdoor heritage and who conserve millions of acres of wild lands. These same people support more than 600,000 jobs across the country and provide a critical voice to encourage more investment in American conservation." 

Click here for the full article.

Kerr WMA offering free seminars  

The Kerr Wildlife Management Area is offering seminars free to the public on the first Friday of September and October.  

Seminars include an ecosystems approach as it pertains to range and wildlife habitat management.  Topics discussed include white-tailed deer management, grazing management, prescribed burning and brush control, as well as how these management techniques affect threatened and endangered species.  The program also includes over 30 years of deer nutrition and genetics research conducted in the Donnie E. Harmel White-tailed Deer Research Facility. 

Upcoming seminars are on September 3 and on October 1.  Each program begins at 1 p.m. and concludes at 5 p.m.  For further information and registration, please contact Lisa Wolle at the KWMA headquarters, (830) 238-4483.

  

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Mark Your Calendar 

Wildlife for Lunch Webinar Series
August 19, Remote Sensing Cameras - A Valuable Wildlife Management Tool

TBGA Sportsman's Celebrations
August 21, College Station (Regs 5,6,7)
September 18, Abilene (Regs 1,2,3)

Joint Issues Forum: Groundwater Ownership
August 31, San Angelo
September 22, Bryan
October 14, Cleburne
October 19, Kingsville
October 20, Victoria
October 28, Lubbock
November 11, Austin

Transmission Lines (CREZ) Seminars
August 30, San Angelo
September 1, Wichita Falls
October 8, Kerrville
October 13, Cleburne
October 27, Lubbock

TWA White-Winged Dove Hunt with Special Guest Edmund Kuempel
September 12, Hondo

South Texas L.A.N.D.S. Training

The South Texas L.A.N.D.S. Training in Kingsville, Aug 2-4, attracted 32 teachers and over 20 volunteers to the special event sponsored by the Texas Wildlife Association and hosted by the King Ranch and the Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute.

L.A.N.D.S. is the Learning Across New Dimensions In Science program in TWA's Conservation Legacy stewardship venture. Click here for more details. 

TWA welcomes new members!
Alex Aday, Round Rock
Frank Askew, Bay City
Brian Ballentyne, San Antonio
David Ballew, Abilene
Daniel Bazan, Houston
Robert Becktell, Hockley
William Bisso IV, Houston
Ricky Brooks, Welch
John Caid, Pinetop, AZ
Brandon Caldwell, San Marcos
Kent Clifton, Lindale
Al Crisp, Lamesa
Sterling Curry, San Angelo
Dean Davenport, Helotes
Emily Etchison, Kerrville
Lee Evans, Irving
Jerry Fussell, Midland
Thomas Gee Jr., Katy
Alex George, Brazoria
Hubert Halford Jr., Pearland
Oscar Hein, Zapata
James Hutto, Llano
Max Johnson, Midfield
Rick Kocurek, Robstown
Karl Krueger, Stockdale
Harry Main, Pearland
Jason Mann, Harlingen
John Manship, Boerne
Fred McComas, San Antonio
Blake McGee, Richardson
Wayne McMillian, Houston
Roger Moeller, Haskell
Kim Moore, Fair Oaks Ranch
Rick Moos, Castroville
Greg Nester, Helotes
Taylor Nunley, Sabinal
Thomas Nunley, Sabinal
Claude Pichot, Katy
Noah Pond, Fort Worth
Ralph Popek, Bay City
Lane Putnam, Edna
Frank Ramsey, Uvalde
Carter Schuster, Kerrville
Dave Scott, Richmond
Matt Shands, San Antonio
Mike Stewart, Munday
Jeffrey Stowers, Mesa, AZ
Edwin Theiss, Klein
Henry Uhr Jr., San Antonio
Thomas Vickers, San Antonio
Bucky Walton, Houston
Erich Weischwill, Yorktown
Tito West, Boerne

Aland Wittig, Boling
Blackfoot Interests, Ltd., Fort Worth
DDS Properties, LLC, Conroe
Fever Pursuit, LLC, San Marcos
Parts Service Supply Co., Eagle Pass
Rosas-6 Investment Group, Ltd, Laredo
Zimmerman Ranch, LLC, Houston



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