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Wild Times May 2024

Jess Pryles visited Texas for the first time about a dozen years ago, and one of her best memories of that visit was her first taste of Texas barbecue. That fork in the road led her down a path that has transplanted her from her native Australia to Austin. It also opened her eyes -- and stomach -- to the joys of all manner of meat, and she has become a professional "Hardcore Carnivore."

She’s spent years educating herself about meat, and one of the most meaningful experiences she’s had along the way was her first hunting experience.

"It was extremely important to me to be able to participate in the complete start-to-finish process of being a carnivore. My first deer hunt was one of the most liberating and self-sufficient experiences of my life."

She’s thrilled to be a We Will Not Be Tamed ambassador for Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation (TPWF). We Will Not Be Tamed calls us to appreciate the wildness of Texas, the vastness of our Texas spirit and why we should be inspired to conserve it.

"Texas has given me a home, and it’s helped me find my identity. Texas Parks and Wildlife conserves the Texas that we love and enjoy. We all should make sure that the land we love will be around for future generations to enjoy."

Find out how you can live the wild life.

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  Story #2: Join TPWF and Win!  

It’s that time of the year when hunters like Jess Pryles head to a dove field and begin anticipating the opening day of duck and deer season. Thanks to our Texas Trailblazing partner King Ranch Saddle Shop, TPWF members have a chance to do so in style. King Ranch Saddle Shop is offering a waxed canvas hunting gear bag and rifle case to one lucky TPWF member!

Help us support the wild things and wild places of Texas by becoming a TPWF member today. And, if you join or renew your membership with TPWF by Oct. 9, you will be entered into a TPWF drawing* for an opportunity to win a waxed canvas hunting gear bag and rifle case.

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*The price of membership pays for TPWF membership only and not for the chance to win the King Ranch Saddle Shop waxed canvas hunting gear bag and rifle case. Members who join or renew between January 1 and October 9 are automatically entered in the drawing.
  Story #4: Are you a Friend of Texas Game Wardens?  

As you head to the field this hunting season, you can’t help but appreciate what Texas Game Wardens do to protect the lands, waters and wildlife we love. As a “Friend of Texas Game Wardens,” you will help us continue our work to enhance the capabilities of the best-trained corps of conservation officers in the nation.

Hundreds of Texans are supporting their game wardens through this effort, and you may spot the “Friend of Texas Game Wardens” decal on a truck, boat or cooler near you!

If you become a "Friend of Texas Game Wardens" before September 14, not only will you receive a special decal to show your support, you will also be entered to win a limited edition Filson tote, hat and Gear Up trailer hitch cover. Show your support today!*

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Become a "Friend of Texas Game Wardens" today!

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*Your donation to the “Friend of Texas Game Wardens” helps to sustain Gear Up for Game Wardens, a program of Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation, and not for the chance to win the Filson tote, hat and trailer hitch cover.
  Story #4: #StewardsLive Engages Texans Online  


Stewards of the Wild, TPWF’s popular young professionals organization is centered on connecting with conservation, opportunity for outdoor adventures, social events and service. What to do when a global pandemic upends in-person opportunities? Go online, of course!

The Stewards pivoted and Created #StewardsLive on Instagram to bring unique guests to talk about their role in conservation to all of our members statewide. Each week, #StewardsLive streams a live conversation with some amazing guests, including former Texas Game Warden Colonel Grahame Jones, Jay Kleberg from Explore Ranches, Jess Pryles from Hardcore Carnivore, and Edgar Diaz from Sight Line Provisions, just to name a few. The Stewards are proud to co-host the show with our partner, We Will Not Be Tamed 2021 ambassador and friend Josh Crumpton from Spoke Hollow Outfitters.

Follow the Stewards on Instagram and stay tuned for upcoming shows!

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  Story #5: Calling all Dove Hunters!  


Yep, it’s that time of the year again when hundreds of thousands of dove hunters in Texas take to the field to pursue their favorite game bird. A few weeks prior to the opening of dove season, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department biologists captured doves across the state to put bands on their legs. It’s part of a national effort coordinated by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to gather information about the birds.

Watch this video to find out how you can be part of this important effort.

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