Wildlife Conservation and Management
Big Time Texas Hunts entries have helped fund annual desert bighorn sheep helicopter surveys in West Texas. Monitoring allows wildlife biologists to collect population data, including sex and age ratios and herd health, and identify animals available for relocations or harvest. Currently, desert bighorn sheep have been restored to eleven distinct mountain ranges and areas in Texas where there had been no sheep since their extirpation in the early 1960s.
Food plots are being planted to provide additional resources for white-tailed deer, turkey and other wildlife species at Gus Engeling WMA. At Guadalupe Delta WMA, Big Time Texas Hunts entries also funded a new seed spreader that help expand food plots for dove and other game species.
Feral hogs have been a constant nuisance for both landowners and conservationists. This prolific species destroys $52 million annually in agriculture products and natural resources habitat, damages trees and competes with wildlife species for food. Thanks to Big Time Texas Hunt entries, traps are now in place to help remove hogs at select East Texas WMAs.