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Wild Times April 2024

As a former quarterback for Texas A&M and the Dallas Cowboys, Stephen McGee has experienced the passion Texans have for the things and places we love and how that love is passed down from generation to generation.

That’s why he’s calling on all of us to do our part to conserve the wild things and wild places across Texas.

“Conserving Texas wildlife is important, because it was passed on to me, and is such an important part of my life. I want it to be around for my kids one day and my grandkids after that. I want them to be able to enjoy the experiences and the life lessons that I have been fortunate to have.”

Stephen’s passion for hunting led him to partner with Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation (TPWF) as a We Will Not Be Tamed ambassador. Stephen supports TPWF’s mission to provide hunting, fishing and outdoor recreational opportunities for all Texans.

Since 1991, TPWF has protected more than 170,000 acres across our state, including Powderhorn Ranch on the Texas coast. It now serves as a wildlife management area offering a unique opportunity for the public to learn and experience the natural part of Texas. A portion of Powderhorn Ranch will become a state park in the future. Habitat for hundreds of species on this pristine tract of rapidly vanishing coastal prairie will forever be conserved, thanks to partnership efforts made possible, in part, by TPWF members.

Join Stephen and become a member or renew your membership with TPWF today. With your help, we can conserve the wild things and wild places that define us as Texans.

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Story #2: Join TPWF and Win a Mentored Hunt with Stephen McGee

Hunting is an important part of Stephen McGee’s life, and he has always been happy to share the experience. He’s taken former Dallas Cowboy colleagues out into the field to take part in their first hunt, and he enjoys sharing what he knows with others.

Thanks to We Will Not Be Tamed partner King Ranch Saddle Shop, if you join or renew your membership with TPWF before September 15, you will be entered into a TPWF drawing* for a chance to win a mentored hunt with Stephen McGee in South Texas on December 6-8!

Join now to support TPWF and to be entered into a drawing to win.

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*The price of membership pays for TPWF membership only and not for the chance to win the hunt in South Texas. Members who join or renew between January 1 and September 15, 2019 are automatically entered in the drawing. Lodging and meals will be provided. Transportation to and from the experience is not included.


Story #3: Gear Up for Game Wardens Receives $50K from Sabine River Authority

Late last month, the Sabine River Authority of Texas awarded a $50,000 grant to TPWF’s Gear Up for Game Wardens program. The funding will be used to purchase specialty equipment and supplies for Texas Game Wardens serving in Shelby, Sabine and Newton Counties.

“Purchasing equipment and supplies to assist Texas Game Warden operations around the Toledo Bend Reservoir area is an initiative that the Sabine River Authority supports in its efforts to help the Texas Game Wardens provide services to assist citizens throughout the Sabine River Basin,” said David Montagne, SRA’s Executive Vice-President and General Manager.

“We appreciate the Sabine River Authority’s support of Texas Game Wardens,” said Texas Game Warden Captain Heath Bragg. “We are looking forward to the continued partnership in protecting the valuable natural and cultural resources of our great state.  The Sabine River Basin and Toledo Bend are rich with fish and wildlife, and this grant ensures Texas Game Wardens have the specialty equipment they need to better serve our constituents." 

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Story #4: Fulton Pier on the Road to Recovery

State and local dignitaries joined Texas Governor Greg Abbott in Fulton last month as he signed several bills related to emergency management, response and recovery. The group also participated in the groundbreaking for the town’s fishing pier, which was destroyed by Hurricane Harvey.

“More than two years ago, the Texas Coast bore the brunt of Hurricane Harvey,” said Fulton Mayor Jimmy Kendrick. “Here in Fulton, our beloved fishing pier was one of the storm’s casualties, and we’re thrilled to get started on re-building it. We’re very grateful to our many partners who helped us get this project off the ground."

Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation (TPWF) is managing the $1.9 million project, and the majority of funding was secured by the town from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). FEMA funding requires a 10 percent non-federal matching contribution. YETI has pledged $184,000 toward that match, and TPWF has raised additional dollars from the Sid W. Richardson Foundation for engineering and design of the new pier.

“The rebuilding of the Fulton Fishing Pier will mark the final recovery stage for the Town of Fulton,” said Kendrick. “We were thrilled Governor Abbott could be with us as we marked this important milestone.”


Story #5: Pro-Tip from Stephen McGee on Rifle Shooting


This time of year, Texas hunters are either in the field dove hunting, or they are already looking forward to the opening of deer season in early November. Texas hunters know that the best way to have a good hunt is to be prepared, and that’s something Stephen McGee knows all about. Check out this pro-tip about sighting in a rifle for a successful hunt.

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