Wildlife

Articles, advice and resources for managing wildlife on your land, including habitat management, deer control and harvesting and wildlife conservation.

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Black Beauty

“When I look at the mount of Black Beauty on the wall, I see all the hard work we’ve put into the ranch and all the ways we have improved the habitat for wildlife.”

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Drought-Proofing Mule Deer Herds In Texas

Is it actually possible to insulate mule deer herds in arid environments, such as the Chihuahuan Desert of West Texas, against the extreme pressures that can be delivered by harsh droughts? The answer is yes, to an extent.

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The Wild Side of Business: Dealing With Difficult Clients

As part of Greg Simons’ regular quarterly column, he takes a look at strategies, conflict resolution, expectation setting and more when it comes to the difficult guest or client in your hunting party.

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Blue Bulls & Black Beards: A Guide to Hunting Nilgai Antelope

Until recently few hunters knew much, if anything, about nilgai. The cat’s been out of the bag for a number of years now, however, and the popularity of hunting these big, exotic antelope has soared.

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Keys to Success in the Hunting Business

What are the most important aspects for making your hunting business a success? Our wildlife expert Greg Simons shares his advice based on his decades of experience.

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Survival 101: How to Use Bear Spray Effectively

Aggressive confrontations with bears are rare, but in that event, your best defense is bear spray. Here's what you need to know in case you do have a tangle with a bear on the trail.

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Survival 101: How to Survive a Snake Encounter on the Trail

Snake encounters are uncommon, and snake bites even more so, but it’s always important to read up on snake safety on the trail, just in case you come across one of these slithery creatures.

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The Wild Side of Business: Adding Flavor to the Outdoor Experience

A mile-high look at a few cornerstone considerations for enhancing the outdoor enterprise through the culinary compartment.

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The Wild Side of Business: Top 10 Customer-Service Strategies

There are few industries that offer as much of an opportunity to profoundly impact client satisfaction through basic customer-service strategies as what you find in wildlife-based recreational enterprises. Our regular columnist outlines his ten tips for customer-service success.

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Hunters Helping Farmers: On the Hunt for Feral Pigs with Hog Carl

Feral pigs, also called wild hogs, can pose a problem to landowners growing valuable crops. Join the author as she rides along on a South Carolina hog hunt to learn more about the connection between hunters and farmers to control this destructive species.

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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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Don’t Shoot!: How Small Critters Improve the Country Lifestyle

Few people feel that small mammals like skunk, opossum and armadillo improve country lifestyle; but before you load the shotgun or set the trap, let’s look at what these animals contribute.

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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.

Aflutter over Monarchs

The Texas Wildlife Association's Conservation Legacy program connects local students to the plight of pollinators through a Milkweed for Monarchs habitat campaign.

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.

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USDA Announces Bee Better Certified Program for Farmers & Ranchers

The start of National Pollinator Week included the unveiling of the Bee Better Certified program, a program to help farmers and ranchers inform consumers how their products are farmed in ways that benefit bees.

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How to Create Sustainable Habitat for Big Game Production

This article is adapted from a presentation by Texas Tech's Dr. Warren Conway on “Sustainable Rangelands for Big Game Production and Habitat Management.”

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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.