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Texas Wildlife Association to Big Bend National Park Managers Opposing Proposed Elk Removals

Texas Wildlife Association to Big Bend National Park Managers Opposing Proposed Elk Removals

Texas Wildlife Association (TWA), a property, wildlife, and hunting rights advocacy group which represents 35 million acres across Texas, expressed its objections to proposed elk trapping-removals at The Big Bend National Park. 

TPWD Executive Director’s Response

TPWD Executive Director’s Response

I found the Executive Director to be very likable.  This letter is gracious.  Needless to say I was very disappointed that the Department continues to say that it will go on with its plan to

Chris Gill to TPWD Executive Director on Elk Eradications

Chris Gill to TPWD Executive Director on Elk Eradications

Carter Smith was considering my December letter when a mutual friend arranged for us to have lunch. I wrote Carter afterwards and asked him to personally read the literature concerning whether elk are natives, because

Interim Dig Report and Photos: February 8, 2010

Interim Dig Report and Photos: February 8, 2010

From Lead Archeologist Javi Vasquez:

Chris Gill to TPWD Executive Director Carter Smith on Elk Eradications

Chris Gill to TPWD Executive Director Carter Smith on Elk Eradications

In December 2009 I learned that TPWD had been killing all elk at their Wildlife Management Areas.I wrote the Executive Director this letter.

Valentine Artist Boyd Elder Sets a Contour

Valentine Artist Boyd Elder Sets a Contour

All patterns are plowed on contours which are reset every 200 feet.  The device shown here is an optical transit.  We now use a laser transit which can be operated by one person and which

Plow Design. Timing of Treatments. Possible Seed.

Plow Design. Timing of Treatments. Possible Seed.

This exchange should be read from the bottom up. It deals with various aspects of designing and using the Yeomans plow. The design of this plow can vary considerably as can its cost. Circle’s is

Desert Bighorn Sheep in Texas and at Circle Ranch

Desert Bighorn Sheep in Texas and at Circle Ranch

This article on Desert Bighorn Sheep was recently featured in Texas Wildlife, the monthly publication of Texas Wildlife Association.

Department Personnel to Contact Regarding Elk Removals

Department Personnel to Contact Regarding Elk Removals

Have something you want to say? See below on who to contact regarding elk removals in West Texas.

Misty Sumner on Predator Management For Mule Deer

Misty Sumner on Predator Management For Mule Deer

Here I am with Misty Sumner, our TPWD field biologist.  She gave us these thoughts on predator management.