Greg Simons

Greg Simons received a B.S. degree in Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences in 1987 from Texas A&M University and soon after formed Wildlife Systems, Inc., a company that currently manages hunting operations on over 800,000 acres of private land in Texas and New Mexico. He is also co-owner of Wildlife Consultants, LLC, providing technical assistance to landowners and other entities on habitat management and other wildlife-related needs. Greg is Past President of Texas Wildlife Association, Past Officer of Texas Chapter of The Wildlife Society, serves on advisory committees for the wildlife programs at Texas A&M University and Tarlton State University, as well as many other committee appointments, and he has given programs around the country on various wildlife and hunting related topics.
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The Wild Side of Business: Risk Management 101

Greg Simons’ quarterly column focuses on the enterprise aspects of wildlife-based recreation that takes place on private lands across the country.

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A View from the Field: Understanding the Effectiveness of Aerial Wildlife Surveys

The inconsistencies and inaccuracies associated with aerial surveys as a wildlife management tool can be confounding. Wildlife expert Greg Simons shines a light on the practice.

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The Wild Side of Business: Tips & Tools to Photograph Your Game Harvest

Greg Simons’ quarterly column focuses on the enterprise aspects of wildlife-based recreation that takes place on private lands across the country.

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How to Create Artificial Cover for Bats, Birds & Bass on Your Land

Food, cover, water, and space are the basic habitat components that are central to the health of all wildlife species. Though perhaps not as sexy as food or water, cover requirements for wildlife are often the weak links in the habitat equation for various wildlife.

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North America’s Most Unique Big-Game Animal: The Pronghorn

Though they are often referred to as an antelope, pronghorns are not a true antelope and are in fact the only member in the family to which they belong.

The Wild Side of Business: So You Want to Play the Wildlife Game?

Greg Simons’ quarterly column focuses on the enterprise aspects of wildlife-based recreation that takes place on private lands across the country.

Winter Wheat: Texas’ Best All-Around Wildlife Food Plot

Wheat that is planted with a grain drill provides beneficial interstitial spacing of plants, thus enhancing the foraging navigation for small birds, such as dove and quail.

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Ghost Riders in the Sky

There are seven species of indigenous doves and pigeons in Texas, with white-winged doves and mourning doves being the two species that are the most abundant and are most commonly hunted.

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Spotted Fever: A Guide to the Axis Deer Hunt

Today, axis deer are in great abundance in certain areas of Texas, found free-ranging in many counties in central Texas, and commonly found on high-fenced game ranches in various regions of the state.

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Water for Wildlife

Water is an essential part of any healthy, sustainable ecosystem, and landowners should be sure to provide for critters both large and small.

Springtime Thunder: The Call of Texas’ Spring Turkey Hunting Season

In Texas, and elsewhere, the history of the wild turkey is one of the great wildlife conservation success stories.

Creating Kid-Friendly Hunting Properties and Experiences

It's a rewarding and often refreshing experience to have youngsters in a hunting camp. Here's a few tips from wildlife specialist Greg Simons.

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A Guide to Texas Exotics

They’ve been called a “poor man’s bighorn”. Some taxonomists do not even consider them to be a true sheep, since they also possess morphological traits that are more like a goat, but make no mistake about it, these hardy animals have become a popular quarry for hunters who are looking for a unique and challenging hunting experience.

Hunting in Texas: More than Just a Whitetail State

Don’t overlook Texas when prospecting around for options to pursue mule deer and elk.

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Marketing 101: Strategies For Hunting Enterprises

Knowing your product as well as your customer is key to successfully marketing your hunting land.

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Ranch Prep for Bowhunters

Preparing for bowhunters is a different challenge than preparing for rifle hunters. For many years I bowhunted almost exclusively and ...

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Habitat Management Practices for Wildlife Valuation

While agricultural tax valuation is fairly common, Texas landowners have a unique opportunity to qualify for wildlife management valuation.

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Understanding the Law of Eminent Domain in Texas

For many landowners, eminent domain isn’t an abstract legal construct, but a force that alters their land and their lives.

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How to Run a Commercial Hunting Operation

Running a commercial hunting operation is equal parts outdoor adventure and hospitality.

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Deer Management 201: The Numbers

The key to preventing habitat damage is figuring out how many deer a piece of land can support without causing any harm to the land or the plants on it.