Game & Wildlife Management

Hunting Land and Wildlife Management

Development of Wildlife Resources on Private Lands - The Texas A&M University System

Leasing Texas Rangelands Larry D. White and Robert E. Whitson - Leasing rangeland for a variety of uses can be a viable alternative to operating the enterprise yourself. This publication gives the landowner sensible guidelines for negotiating a lease, and includes discussions on lessor/lessee objectives.

Calling All Wildlife - Wildlife Management Basics

Putting Pen To Paper - Developing a Management Plan

Habitat: the Foundation of Deer Management by Ken Gee   The most neglected part of management is the importance of habitat. Deer are a product of theirs, and without it, there are no deer.

Texas Wildlife Management and Appraisal This article reviews the requirements for qualifying land for wildlife management, for initially appraising the land, and for defining elements of the seven wildlife management activities.

Diversity - The Spice of Life by Ken Gee   Wildlife managers need to be aware of the importance of habitat diversity.

Deer Management Associations by Grant Huggins   A deer management association (or coop) is simply a group of land managers in a region who share common deer management goals and make a decision to cooperatively manage their shared deer herd. Goals such as improving the buck age structure, buck:doe ratio, fawn crop, or altering deer density are difficult or impossible to achieve on small acreages without a deer fence. Developing a common strategy over larger acreages is much more effective.

How Many Deer Are Too Many? by Grant Huggins   Without records, most land managers are unable to tell. Livestock managers are trained to monitor forage availability and body condition of their herd. Except in extreme cases, deer forage conditions are subtle, and body condition observations are limited to the check station.

Doe Harvest Effort by Grant Huggins   Most inexperienced deer managers envision doe reduction as a simple task. However, effective doe harvest requires an intensive effort, and it becomes more difficult over time.

Does Leasing Increase the Cost of Hunting? by Grant Huggins   If a hunter has permission to hunt a specific tract of land for free and the landowner decides to begin charging a fee, and that hunter decides to pay the fee to continue hunting there, his individual cost of hunting has been increased. However, such a chain of events is rare and affects a very small fraction of hunters any given year.  

Deer Management Is a Year-Round Process by Ken Gee   During the long, hot days of summer, interest in deer management often takes a back seat to fishing, boating, vacations, etc. However, people interested in deer need to keep in mind that deer management is a year-round process.

 Is the Hunting Industry Missing the Point? by Russell Stevens   Wildlife management, particularly white-tailed deer management, is becoming more and more commercialized, but little attention is given to the basics of deer habitat management because it can't be put in a bag or can and sold for a profit.

Recreation Motivates Texas Land Buyers by Grant Huggins   Recreation is the primary motive fueling the rural Texas land market, according to research from the Real Estate Center at Texas A&M University.

Texas Organization of Wildlife Management Associations - Wildlife management and conservation, Texas Organization of Wildlife Management Associations and Conservation.

Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute - provides science based information for enhancing the conservation and management of wildlife in south Texas and related environments.

Big Bucks for Small Landowners? by Russell Stevens   Have you considered the effects on the buck population when an area is chopped up by many different landowners and infiltrated by several deer hunters who want to shoot a buck?

Bigger Buck for Your Bang by Grant Huggins   Genetics and nutrition affect the antler quality of white-tailed bucks. The most important factor, however, may be the age of the deer.

Brush Sculpting by Russell Stevens   Brush sculpting is an attempt to manage brush or timber for multiple benefits (primarily livestock and wildlife) in a manner that is both environmentally and economically sound.

Where Have All the Quail Gone? - The Texas Quail Conservation Initiative: A Proactive Approach to Restoring Quail Populations By Improving Wildlife Habitat.

2009 Texas Quail Study Group Proceedings - TWA's findings from the October 2009 symposium covering quail restoration in the Post Oak Savanna, Blackland Prairie, and Coastal Prairie.

How Much Quail Cover Can You Afford? by Russell Stevens   Much has been written regarding the subject of bobwhite quail habitat management. As you probably know by now, adequate cover, space, food and proper arrangement of these components are essential to developing good bobwhite habitat.

Cattle as Quail Managers by Grant Huggins   In my opinion, cattle are the most powerful quail managers in Oklahoma, for two reasons. The first is because it is difficult to successfully produce bobwhites without them. Quail cannot thrive in rank grassland. The second reason is because so many land management decisions are made exclusively with cattle in mind.

Bobwhite Habitat Should be Managed Through Proper Grazing, Burning or Rest byMike Porter   Many landowners in the Noble Foundation's service area want to have bobwhites on their properties and frequently ask us about ways to increase bobwhite abundance.

Cover Often Limits Bobwhite Numbers by Mike Porter   Management of native bobwhite populations is very challenging, often frustrating. The frustration occurs because quail managers often do not adequately identify and change the real factors that limit bobwhite abundance. Some aspect of cover, either too little or too much, often limits quail abundance.

Quail Management on Small Acreages by Mike Porter   Recent scientific information indicates quail populations may need enough contiguous habitat to support at least 800 quail to prevent localized extinction.

Grazing Management Will Affect Quail During Drought by Steven Smith   If you have bobwhites calling your native pastures home, you probably have more grass than the neighbors. Bobwhites can be a good indicator of grazing management on native pastures.

Stocking Bobwhite by Mike Porter   Whether or not you should stock quail depends on your management goals.

How Much Does it Cost to Burn? by Russell Stevens   Estimates the cost of a controlled burn including labor, materials, and liability with cost comparisons.

Exotic Game Conservation in Texas  - We analyzed the importance of exotic game ranching for the conservation of native plants and animals in the Texas Hill Country.

Habitat Management for Turkeys in Northeast Texas - Texas Agricultural Extension Service

Rio Grande Turkey Habitat Management - Texas Agricultural Extension Service

The Eastern Wild Turkey in Texas - Texas Agricultural Extension Service

Trapping Coyotes - Texas Agriculture Extension Service

Corral Traps for Capturing Feral Hogs - Dr. Jim Cathey discusses large traps that have proven useful in hog numbers quickly.

Box Traps for Capturing Feral Hogs - Box traps, because they are readily movable, can be used to quickly remove small numbers of hogs from trouble spots.

Snared Feral Hogs - Publication on the placement and handling of snares.  Snares are ideal for situations where feral hogs have become wary of box or corral traps.

Building a Feral Hog Snare - Step-by-step instructions for producing snares used for catching feral hogs.

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