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Wild Times May 2024

The precipitous decline of quail populations in the United States has spurred conservation efforts across the country. Here in Texas, over the last five decades, there has been a 1.8% annual decline in quail populations statewide. The Cross Timbers region alone has seen an 89% decline in average bobwhite abundance since 1978. Texas Parks and Wildlife biologists are partnering with university researchers and other experts to hone in on the best management strategies to bring back this beloved gamebird. This work is funded through Texas hunting license fees, a portion of the proceeds of the Upland Game Bird Stamp, Farm Bill conservation programs, and contributions from a number of nonprofit organizations dedicated to quail conservation.

But there’s still a critical need for additional funding, and that’s why Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation (TPWF) launched a quail conservation license plate a couple of years ago to enhance quail conservation efforts, including habitat conservation and education.

For just $30 you can put one of these conservation license plates on your vehicle, motorcycle or trailer. For every license plate purchased, $22 goes to TPWF to support quail conservation.

  Quail Conservation Plate  

What better way to drive home your support for quail conservation in Texas?

Order your quail conservation plate today!

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  Story #2: TPWF Members Support Public Hunting  

More than 300,000 Texas dove hunters head to the field each year in pursuit of the popular game species. Purchasing an annual public hunting permit from Texas Parks and Wildlife Department provides access to dove fields across the state. The Roger R. Fawcett Wildlife Management Area (WMA) in North Texas is one of them. Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation members helped support the acquisition of the WMA several years ago, and now hunters have access to more hunting land as a result.

Watch this video and find out more.

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  Story #3: Join TPWF and Win!  

Dove season is in full swing, quail season is on the horizon, and deer season isn’t far behind! Thanks to our Texas Trailblazing partner King Ranch Saddle Shop, TPWF members have a chance to head to the field 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: Leave a Wild Legacy for Texas  


Mary Ann Rao Lancaster has a lifetime of special memories in Texas State Parks. Her brother taught her how to fish at Martin Dies Jr. State Park near their childhood home. Tragically, he ended up in a wheelchair due to diabetes in the early 1980s. At the time, their favorite fishing pier was not accessible for the disabled. Lancaster contacted the park’s ranger station and sent many letters to Texas State Park headquarters in Austin. A few years later, the necessary improvements were made to the ramp and they were able to fish together again.

Widowed in 2011 and now in her late 70s, Lancaster wanted to be sure that her affairs were in order and researched charities on Charity Navigator as she updated her estate plan. After learning more, she made the decision to name TPWF as a beneficiary of a bank account, known as a payable upon death designation. This is a simple and straightforward way to support TPWF’s work.

“If you are a Texan and truly love this great state and want to keep Texas wild and beautiful, consider leaving a planned gift to TPWF,” advises Lancaster. “Just give them a call like I did. They are so nice and willing to make sure your future donations go to something that is important to you. So just do it! It will give you a warm feeling in your heart."

Read the rest of the Mary Ann’s story.

And with National Estate Planning Awareness Week just around the corner learn more about how you can make plans now to leave a wild legacy for Texas.


  Story #5: Texas Trailblazing Partners Give Back to Texas  


TPWF is proud to partner with Texas Trailblazing companies who share our passion for the outdoors and are standing with us in our We Will Not Be Tamed campaign. We Will Not Be Tamed calls on us all to appreciate the wildness of Texas, the vastness of our Texas spirit and why we should be inspired to conserve it.

  WWNBT Brands  

We invite you to explore these brands who are giving back to Texas.

Chisos, a young boot company headquartered in Austin, has made conservation a core principle since it launched in 2019. In addition to maintaining the culture and iconography of that most Texan of footwear -- the cowboy boot -- Chisos pursues sustainable practices while maintaining traditional, handcrafted production methods. Through the end of the year, Chisos will donate at least one percent of all revenue to TPWF, as well as participate in its Stewards of the Wild program.

Wildway and Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation have joined forces to further their missions to conserve the wild things and wild places in the state, both now and for generations to come. Ten percent of all sales from products within Wildway’s We Rise granola collection will be donated to TPWF. Products from Wildway’s We Rise collection are released quarterly and available for purchase on its website and at select HEBs across Texas.

Lone Star Dry Goods shares our passion for the great outdoors and all things Texas. They have carefully curated a collection of We Will Not Be Tamed merchandise that is available in both their Abilene and Willow Park stores as well as online. 25 percent of profits from this collection will go to TPWF to support the wild things and wild places of Texas.


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