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Wild Times May 2024

West Texas is home to vast grasslands that support species ranging from pronghorn to beloved bird species like scaled quail and American kestrels. Over the last century, a variety of factors have contributed to the degradation of grassland habitat, to the detriment of the wild things that depend on them.

Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation (TPWF) has been supporting grassland restoration projects for years, in concert with many partners including the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and private landowners across the Trans-Pecos. Thanks to this partnership, and with the support of TPWF members across Texas, more than ten thousand acres of these precious grasslands have been restored.

Every acre restored means healthier habitat for pronghorn, quail, butterflies and more.

  Story #2: We Will Not Be Tamed: Meet Amber Haynes  

Amber Haynes has been hunting all her life, and she loves everything about being out in the field, especially chasing quail.

“Everything about quail hunting is just so beautiful. The dogs are beautiful. You have these beautiful shotguns. It's a uniquely beautiful experience."

But there was one thing she wanted to change.

“I could not find hunting apparel meant for a woman! I was very frustrated to do this beautiful thing wearing clothes that were anything but. So, I decided to make a shirt that I would want to wear."

She cobbled together ideas of the perfect hunting shirt and displayed samples at a Dallas Safari Club conference. By the time it was over, she had so many pre-orders that she was able to go into production, and her company McKenna Quinn was born. In the last couple of years, McKenna Quinn has also hosted numerous events where women are mentored in shooting sports and introduced to the hunting lifestyle.

“I love getting people out in the field and sharing this experience with them."

Amber was excited to be asked to become a We Will Not Be Tamed ambassador for Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation. 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.

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  Story #3: Join TPWF and win a Back to the Field Package!  

It’s that time of the year when Texas hunters are heading out to dove fields and anticipating the opening of quail and deer season. TPWF wants to make sure you are doing that in style.

Become a TPWF member and be entered to win a Back to the Field package featuring a McKenna Quinn shirt of the winner’s choosing and a King Ranch Saddle Shop waxed canvas hunting gear bag and rifle case!

  Back to the Field Giveaway  

By joining or renewing your TPWF membership* between January 1, 2021 to October 8, 2021, you are automatically entered to win the giveaway.

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*The price of TPWF membership only and not for the chance to win the Back to the Field package. Members who join or renew between January 1 and October 8 are automatically entered in the drawing.
  Story #4: Driving Home Quail Conservation  

The precipitous decline of quail populations in the United States has spurred conservation efforts across the country. 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 #5: Online Auction to Benefit Gear Up for Game Wardens  

Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation (TPWF) is launching its first-ever online auction to benefit Gear Up for Game Wardens, a TPWF program that provides specialty equipment for Texas Game Wardens across the state. The auction is scheduled Sept. 21 – Sept. 23 and features items ranging from hunting and fishing gear to one-of-a-kind outdoor adventures guided by Texas Game Wardens. 

“If you are a fan of Texas Game Wardens, especially those you might have seen on Animal Planet’s Lone Star Law, you won’t want to miss this,” said TPWF Gear Up for Game Wardens Program Manager Austin Taylor. “Along with amazing items ranging from fine art to high-end gear, there will also be the opportunity to bid on trips hosted by Texas Game Wardens who have appeared on the show that promise to be experiences of a lifetime."

  Online Auction Supporters  

Other auction items have been donated by a wide array of companies including YETI, Modern Huntsman, Advanced Night Vision, GUNNER, Tecovas, Vortex, Howler Brothers, SITKA, Sorella Co., Copano Bay Press, First Lite, McKenna Quinn, SCHEELS and many more. All proceeds will help support the Gear Up for Game Wardens program.


  Story #6: WWNBT Podcast: Amber Haynes  


We Will Not Be Tamed Ambassador Amber Haynes has been hunting her entire life. Her dad started taking her out into the field with him when she was a toddler, and her love for the outdoors led to her launching her own apparel business. Listen in on our latest podcast to hear more.




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