The first ever Texas Wildlife Short Course was held recently at the Brazos County Exposition Center in Bryan. More than 100 people attended the inaugural event which was held in conjunction with the Texas Big Game Awards sportsmenï¿½s celebration sponsored by the Texas Wildlife Association.
ï¿½During the Texas Wildlife Short Course, I often found myself thinking how fantastic it is to see the growing interest in wildlife management among Texas landowners,ï¿½ said Jim Cathey, Texas AgriLife Extension wildlife specialist in College Station. ï¿½In the months to come, I would love to know how our participants put what they learned into practice, as management on private lands is key to wildlife conservation in Texas.ï¿½
Vendors such as the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) also were in attendance during the two-day event. Educational sessions ranged from white-tail deer management to managing farm ponds for fish. Topics also included feral hogs in Texas, wildlife management associations and an overview of marketing wildlife.
ï¿½We had a great group of people and I enjoyed the chance to interact with them, as did our wonderful cast of speakers,ï¿½ said Cathey, who helped organize the event.
More than 400 people attended the Texas Big Game Awards that began as the short course wrapped up. Numerous trophy mounted deer heads were on display prior to the awards ceremony. These attendees also had a chance to visit with tradeshow vendors.
The wildlife short course was sponsored by Texas AgriLife Extension, Texas Parks & Wildlife, Texas Big Game Awards and the Texas Wildlife Association.
Kim Wright, NRCS Zone 4 program liaison, visits with an attendee during the inaugural Texas Wildlife Short Course.
Numerous trophy mounted deer heads were on display during the Texas Big Game Awards held in conjunction with the Texas Wildlife Short Course.
A door prize was given for the individual that could guess the gross score of the antlers.