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Wild Times May 2024

Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation (TPWF) will honor the Stumberg family from San Antonio at the 2020 Texas Conservation Hall of Fame event on April 1 in Austin. The family is being recognized for their conservation legacy in Texas.

Louis H. Stumberg, Sr. was a lifelong friend to Texas Game Wardens and Texas Parks and Wildlife. Today, his wife Mary Pat and children Diana, Herb and Eric are steadfastly committed to conserving the lands, waters, and wildlife of Texas.

“We’re honored to celebrate the conservation legacy of the Stumberg family,” said Mike Greene, chair of TPWF’s board of trustees. “They exemplify the conservation ethic of private landowners in Texas, and they are unwavering supporters of the wild things and wild places of our state.”

The Stumberg family will be honored at the Texas Conservation Hall of Fame dinner and concert at Austin City Limits Live at The Moody Theater on Wednesday, April 1, 2020.

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  Story #2: Join and Learn More about TPWD  

TPWF members support on-the-ground conservation efforts across the state of Texas. Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) fish and wildlife biologists, state park rangers and game wardens are on the front lines, dedicating their professional careers to the wild things and wild places of Texas.

TPWF engages its members in their work by arranging special TPWD Field Trips where members get a behind-the-scenes look at how TPWD is conserving the lands, waters and wildlife of our state. Last fall, a group of TPWF members participated in the annual deer work-up at the Kerr Wildlife Management Area. In 2020, we’re planning several other TPWD Field Trips. Those upcoming outings include a visit to the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center, a backstage tour of the “Texas Outdoor Musical” at Palo Duro Canyon State Park, and a deep dive into coastal fisheries conservation along the Texas coast.

Only TPWF members will be invited to join us on these special outings.

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  Story #3: TPWF Member Spotlight: Kim Smith  

Caring for animals is second nature for Kim Smith. Whether it’s the hundreds of dogs that visit her pet resort, Pawderosa Ranch, each month or the cattle, free-range chickens and honeybees she raises on her ranch near San Antonio, Kim loves critters of all kinds.

Caring about the wild things and wild places of Texas comes naturally to her, too. She became a member of TPWF last year when she was looking for a birthday gift for her mother.

“My mom is a big fan of the TV show, Lone Star Law,” she explained. “For her birthday, I wanted to donate on her behalf to the Texas Game Wardens. I came upon the Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation website when I was looking for a place to make an online donation. I also saw a promotion about winning a weekend at an art show with western artist Teal Coke Blake if you became a TPWF member, so I did."

A few days later she was surprised to get an email informing her she had won. Kim and her husband Mike Mitchell spent a weekend at the Cowboy Artists of America show in Fort Worth, where she was thrilled to spend time with Teal, who is a We Will Not Be Tamed ambassador for TPWF. The weekend was sponsored by Tito’s Handmade Vodka, a We Will Not Be Tamed brand partner.

“Being a TPWF member has been a wonderful experience so far, that’s for sure,” she said with a laugh. “I plan on being a member from now on. I really appreciate what y’all do for Texas. The weekend art experience was just icing on the cake."

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  Story #4: We Will Not Be Tamed 2020  

Kim Smith joins thousands of other Texans who are standing together for the wild places that have given us so much. TPWF is raising awareness and encouraging all Texans to get involved in conserving the wild things and wild places of our state through the We Will Not Be Tamed campaign. We Will Not Be Tamed calls us all to appreciate the wildness of Texas, the vastness of our Texas spirit and why we should be inspired to conserve it.

Over the past couple of years, a group of remarkable outdoorsmen and women have joined us to tell their stories. This year, we will be introducing you to some new ambassadors who we hope will inspire even more Texans to get involved. People like John Dunaway, a merchant mariner who travels the world as the captain of a cargo ship. When he’s not sailing the seven seas, he spends his time at home in Texas, going afield to hunt with his family and friends as often as he can. Or Taylor Collins and Katie Forrest, who are passionate about stewarding healthy land that rears healthy animals on their Roam Ranch in the Texas Hill Country.

Join Kim, John, Taylor and Katie and Live Among the Wild.

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  Story #5: Stewards Expand Mentored Hunts  


Stewards of the Wild continues to expand its reach across Texas. TPWF’s young professionals program has chapters in ten cities across Texas and is engaging its members with social outings, service opportunities and outdoor adventures. In January 2019, Stewards of the Wild partnered with the Texas Wildlife Association to offer a mentored hunt experience for first-time hunters. The experience was such a success that five more mentored hunts were organized in late 2019 and early 2020. For those who experienced their very first hunt, it is a memory they will never forget.

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