Archive for July, 2010

Hunter Education Deferrals

Friday, July 23rd, 2010

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If you plan to hunt this fall, and were born on or after September 2, 1971—you are required to take a hunter education training course. Program coordinator Terry Erwin says there is a way around it—at least temporarily.

13—Anyone who has not been certified by the time they turn seventeen, can go and get a deferral. They must buy a hunting license, and ask for deferral type 1-6-6 at the point of sale.

The deferral allows you to try out hunting as long as a certified licensed hunter accompanies you.

06—And if you like it, go get certified; you have by August 31st of the current license year to do that.

It’ll cost you $10 for a deferral. When the program started in 2005, more than 10-thousand people purchased deferrals—and that number continues to climb.

17—It offers an opportunity for someone who has not hunted before to give it a try and it brings in lapsed hunters. If they’ve been out of hunting for awhile, and didn’t get certified, they can come in, take the deferral, and then have an opportunity to get back into the outdoors.

Texas residents required to take hunter education training may obtain a deferral only once, after which time they must complete the certification course.

You’ll find hunter education information on the Texas Parks and Wildlife website.

Our show is made possible in part by the Sport Fish and Wildlife Restoration Program…funded by your purchase of fishing and hunting equipment and motor boat fuel.

For Texas Parks and Wildlife…I’m Cecilia Nasti.

Lone Star Land Steward: Quebe Farm

Thursday, July 22nd, 2010

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Charlotte Von Rosenberg is the fourth generation to work the Quebe [KWEE-bee] Farm, which she took over from her mother.

14—My mother was careful to impart to me all of the history. And I embarked on a self-education process, where I’ve learned about the plants. And the more I learned, the more I want to learn.

Quebe farm is the 2010 Lone Star Land Steward Award winner for the Blackland Prairie eco-region. Using sound management practices, including prescribed burns, Von Rosenberg’s rejuvenated the land.

The awards recognize private landowners for excellence in habitat management and wildlife conservation. Larry Pierce, Washington County Agrilife Extension Agent, says the Quebe farm is unique.

13—This is one of the native prairie remnants that we still have remaining in Washington County; it’s very much a jewel, because it’s never been plowed, it’s never been farmed. There’s such a diversity of native plants here.

Parks and Wildlife biologist, Stephanie Damron, has high hopes for this pristine native prairie.

11—We can utilize this property as an education tool for other landowners in the area. And our hopes are to restore native grasses where we can.

Nominate a landowner for a Lone Star Land Steward Award. Find information at Texas Parks and Wildlife website.

The Wildlife Restoration program supports our series…For Texas Parks and Wildlife…I’m Cecilia Nasti.

State Parks Myth #3–Too Many Scary Animals

Wednesday, July 21st, 2010

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[Snippet from The Wizard of Oz–05 “…any wild animals? We might.”]

Don’t be afraid of the wildlife you might meet at Texas state parks. Wildlife viewing is a treat, not a terror, as our SP guide, Bryan Frazier, explains.

What we want to encourage people to remember is, the outdoors are typically much, much safer that what they’re getting in the urban environment.

True, state parks are some of the last frontiers of green space and wide open spaces and natural habitat, and there are wildlife critters—everything from deer, to coyotes and things in our state parks, but that’s really an opportunity to view those.

And with just a modest amount of precautions and safety—almost all encounters with wildlife are positive. It is the rare exception that there is anything that’s negative, and usually that involves human error.

So, we want people to enjoy the outdoors and be safe, and there’s absolutely no reason to be intimidated by the outdoors or the wildlife that you’ll see. It’s something that can actually enhance your experience.

And when you leave the park, I think you’ll have a greater enjoyment and understanding of just what we do have in Texas.

Thanks, Bryan.

Start planning your next state park getaway when you log onto the Texas and Wildlife website.

That’s our show for today…We record our series at the Production Block Studios in Austin, Texas…For Texas Parks and Wildlife…I’m Cecilia Nasti.

A Family Tradition: Caddo Lake & Big Bass

Tuesday, July 20th, 2010

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For thirty-nine year old Keith Burns, fishing isn’t just a hobby, it’s a family tradition. His grandfather and father both grew up fishing on Caddo Lake in East Texas.

Now it’s our turn to take our kids, or nephews or whatever down there and start fishing.

Burns fishes every free chance he gets. But fishing hasn’t been so good on Caddo Lake for several years because of the invasive giant salvinia plant.

You just kind of had to fish where there was open water. You couldn’t really fish some of your favorite places because of the invasive aquatic life that was in there. I hate that stuff.

Then, flooding and a cold winter killed off some of the giant salvinia, allowing Burns to really fish again. In fact, Burns didn’t just fish. This past March he caught a lake record 16.17-pound sharelunker bass.

I can’t tell you what it meant for me to do that. With the history our family has on that lake, it just meant the world to me.

Burns says he now wants giant salvinia to get off his lakes, and he wants everyone to help make that a reality.

We’ve got to take five minutes and check our trailers and make sure we don’t have any hitchhikers we are taking to another lake and depositing there.

That’s some good advice from a great fisherman.

You can find more information at

That’s our show… we had research and writing help from Gretchen Mahan…the Sport Fish and Wildlife Restoration program supports our series… For Texas Parks and Wildlife…I’m Cecilia Nasti.

Big Time Texas Hunts: Ty Chumley

Monday, July 19th, 2010

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It’s easy to get the impression that where Ty Chumley goes, bad luck follows.

09—Lost my house and everything. Got stuck in the snow one time. Three days later got stuck in the mud. Had to walk a long ways until we got a cell phone signal.

Not all his luck is bad, though. Chumley, a tugboat operator from Nederland, bought one chance in last year’s Big Time Texas Hunts Grand Slam category, and he won!

08—I was actually buying some fishing lures at Academy and was checking out when I seen the poster up there. I just bought one ticket for it. So, it was a lucky day.

The Texas Grand Slam hunt package includes four separate guided hunts for white-tailed deer, pronghorn antelope, mule deer, and desert bighorn sheep.

13—I followed that one up and down the mountain, twice. And when I shot him, I thought I’d missed him. I seen the dust fly. Started cussing, and, uh, then he fell down.

Big Time Texas Hunts is back with a diverse range of hunting packages for 2010; entries are available now through Oct. 15: $9 online, or $10 by phone and wherever you buy licenses.

08—You never know. It could be you—you could be the winner this year. I’m entering again. I don’t know if I can win this one again, but I’m going to enter another one.

Money from the sale of entries supports conservation, wildlife management and public hunting. Find details and a link to Big Time Texas Hunts at

For Texas parks and Wildlife…I’m Cecilia Nasti.