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QuailMasters Graduation Photo: King Ranch October 27, 2009

QuailMasters Graduation Photo: King Ranch October 27, 2009

QuailMasters is a joint presentation of Texas Wildlife Association and  Agrilife Extension Service (Texas A&M System).  It is a must for those who would manage quail.

Chris Gill on Predator Removals

Chris Gill on Predator Removals

Dear Family and Friends, As Savory says, we almost always achieve our short-term goals but often at terrible unintended long-term cost.  Or as Rollins says: Rule #1 is “Do no harm.”

Steve Nelle on Predator Removals

Steve Nelle on Predator Removals

Steve Nelle is a wildlife biologist with the NRCS.  He is one of the most respected range and wildlife scientists in West Texas.  Here are his thoughts:

Chris Gill to Authors And Sponsors of Habitat Guidelines for Mule Deer

Chris Gill to Authors And Sponsors of Habitat Guidelines for Mule Deer

Concerning ‘Corrections’ Made in Response to My Letters. In September 2009, I was in Department headquarters in Austin, when I ran into one of the Authors of Habitat Guidelines for Mule Deer. I asked him

Authors of Habitat Guidelines for Mule Deer

Authors of Habitat Guidelines for Mule Deer

Below is a list of collaborators on policy and research document regarding Habitat Guidelines for Mule Deer:

Keyline Treatment of Headcuts

Keyline Treatment of Headcuts

A central concept of Keyline-pattern subsoiling is plowing downwards in valley-forms and upwards on ridge-forms.  This discussion between Chris Gill and Ken Yeomans explains why.

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Doing What Works: Range Magazine

Here is the summary of two years of correspondence with the Mule Deer Working Group, my futile attempt to get them to change the sloppy-science-based range advice which so harms desert habitats and wildlife. What

Don Frantzen on Predator Removals

Don Frantzen on Predator Removals

Don Frantzen is a highly-experienced manager of deer herds.  We have been friends for twenty-five years. He offered these thoughts on predator removals:

Habitat Guidelines for Mule Deer

Habitat Guidelines for Mule Deer

This document was amended in 2009. It is dated 2006, but contains, for example, references to the Briske, et al. paper published in 2008. Its conclusions are identical to the unamended version.

Aoudad at Two Section, August 2009.

Aoudad at Two Section, August 2009.

This is an Aoudad, or Barbary Sheep. 900 of these animals have been shot at Big Bend Park, from helicopters, by members of Texas Parks and Wildlife, some of whom are included in the ‘Contact’