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Wild Times July 2024

If you think protecting Texas’ wild things and wild places as a Texas Game Warden is a wild job, just imagine the internships! Thanks to Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation’s (TPWF) partnership with the Coastal Conservation Association (CCA), six new summer interns recently took a walk on the wild side of wildlife law enforcement through TPWD’s Internship Program. This is CCA’s seventh year funding these invaluable internships in partnership with TPWF.

This summer’s interns were assigned to the coastal areas of Aransas, Nueces, Cameron, Galveston, Harris and Fort Bend counties, and they each logged 200 hours helping our Texas Game Wardens patrol our coastal communities. For all, the unscripted days and unmatched experiences on the job solidified their interest in a conservation career. Just ask intern Brent Applebaum, whose first task on the job was capturing and relocating an alligator from a busy roadway to its natural habitat. “This internship significantly increased my respect for Texas' valuable natural resources and my interest in a career as a conservation officer."

Lt. Rachel Kellner, who leads recruiting efforts for TPWD’s Law Enforcement Division, couldn’t be more pleased with the popularity and success of the program. “The summer internship program is our single best recruitment tool in the Law Enforcement Division. Being a former intern myself, I have seen firsthand the effect the investment has on a potential cadet. We could not fund these positions without generous partners like CCA, and I personally want to thank everyone who has a part in supporting our internship program."

  Story #2: Gear Up for Game Wardens Online Auction Sept. 27-29  

Mark your calendars for September 27-29 and get ready for an online auction like no other! Our 2022 TPWF Gear Up for Game Wardens Auction is just around the bend!

Whether you’re in pursuit of exclusive gear, a “bucket list” hunt or fishing trip with one of your favorite Texas Game Wardens from Lone Star Law—we have items on the auction block to suit every taste. For hunters and anglers at heart, set your sights on one of our many expeditions. From a once-in-a-lifetime Texas Coast fishing adventure to a world-class whitetail archery hunt in Shackleford County, we have trips spanning the vast Texas terrain. If you love the thrill of the deal more than a treasured trophy hunt, we have custom gear, guns, and garbs guaranteed to garner your attention. 

Auction items have been donated by a wide array of companies including CCA, Silver Eagle Beverages, Swarovski, Orvis, Poncho Outdoors, Spoke Hollow Outfitters, Pointer Outfitters, First Lite, Gunner Kennels, Vortex, Fatties on the Fly, Faith and Action Firearms Unlimited, Blake Jones Designs, Beretta Gallery Dallas, The Ranch TX, Tecovas, SITKA Gear, Hill Country Rifles, Advanced Night Vision, Little Chief Ranch, Bucksnag Hunting Club, McKenna Quinn, and many more. 

Not convinced YET(I)? A colossal collection of YETI coolers and merch is yours for the bidding, and an exclusive, limited-edition YETI Rambler 30 oz. Tumbler bearing the Texas Game Warden badge comes with every auction item.

Auction proceeds will provide program support and ensure that Gear Up for Game Wardens can continue its work to get much-needed equipment in the hands of your Texas Game Wardens to help them do their jobs more effectively. We hope you will join us September 27-29 to support this vital program. Happy hunting!

  Story #3: WWNBT: Meet Clay Spencer  

Clay Spencer grew up in Fort Worth and has been visiting his family’s ranch near Lampasas his entire life.

"It is such a special place. I grew up exploring the land and making memories that I still treasure.”

His passion for fly fishing and love of wild places led him to Alaska to work as a guide right after college. He was ridiculously happy but eventually left the Alaskan wilderness for a job in the business world.

Dissatisfied with the fishing shirts available on the market, Clay decided to create his own. Armed with real-life business experience and an MBA, he founded Poncho Outdoors, known for sustainably made shirts for the outdoors.

Now living in Austin, Clay is using his work to ignite a passion for protecting wildlife and wild places all over the world.

"It’s our water, all of our water. All of the rivers, all of the oceans, all of the beaches--it’s all ours, and it’s all interconnected."

A shared passion is why Clay is proud to join the ranks of We Will Not Be Tamed ambassadors 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.

"It aligns perfectly with Poncho’s mission and my mission to save the wild places and wild things that we all love. Supporting that mission is near and dear to my heart."

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  Story #4: Join TPWF and Get Some Poncho Merch!  

Join or renew your membership with TPWF between August 24 and September 30 and receive a Poncho Outdoors hat of your choice, courtesy of We Will Not Be Tamed ambassador and Poncho Outdoors founder Clay Spencer.

And there's more... when you join TPWF, you will be entered for a chance to win a $1,500 gift card to Poncho Outdoors, where you will have your pick of more than 40 performance shirts made for the outdoors. 

By joining or renewing your TPWF membership* between January 1, 2022, and September 30, 2022, you are automatically entered for a chance to win the giveaway.

Join TPWF today and help support the wild things and wild places of Texas!

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*The price of membership pays for TPWF membership only and not for the chance to win the Poncho Outdoors giveaway. Members who join or renew between January 1 and September 30, 2022, are automatically entered in the drawing. The winner of the Poncho giveaway will receive a $1,500 e-gift card to select styles and sizes of his/her choosing. Anyone who joins or renews between August 24 and September 30, 2022, will receive a gift card for a Poncho Outdoors hat of their choice.

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