Goliad County Extension Agent
The 2012 annual banquet of the Goliad County Wildlife Management Association will be held on Oct. 6 with doe permit issuance starting at 7 a.m.
The directors have put a great deal of time and effort into this year’s meeting to insure that it will be both informational as well as entertaining. The meeting will be held at the Julie Wimberly Memorial Homemaking Building located next to the Memorial Auditorium at the County Fairgrounds, with lunch provided by Werner’s catering.
For those who have turned in their herd composition data, doe permit issuance will take place until 9 a.m., which is when the program will start.
Topics of discussion this year include “Age and Antler Relationships and the Management Implications,” Dr. David Hewitt, Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute and Texas A&M University-Kingsville; “Game Law Enforcement,” Kevin Fagg, Texas Parks and Wildlife Game Warden; “Deer Survey Results,” Josh Turner, TPWD Biologist. There may also be time to highlighting the support that the San Antonio River Authority will provide this fall in regards to feral hog abatement.
The directors of the WMA also voted with the pending approval of the Goliad County Commissioners’ Court to enter a “Hog Out” County Challenge (the Texas Department of Agriculture feral hog abatement program). Grants will be awarded to the top five counties with the most hogs removed and highest participation in the program.
The directors also voted to continue the county bounty of $5 per hog. Landowners in Goliad County are eligible to participate. See the Goliad County Extension Office website for more information on how to claim bounties and how to help Goliad County win the challenge.
The bounty is good for the rest of this year starting on Saturday, Oct. 1, with a $1,000 budget. The county will receive bonus points for participants at this year’s banquet.
The website is http://goliad.agrilife.org. Look under the WMA link for all the details. There will also be an announcement of the parameters of the new hog contest in which $1,250 will be awarded in prize money.
The WMA will also conduct its regular business meeting and award lifetime member plaques. This year’s banquet will offer two hours (Integrated Pest Management) of CEU’s for private/non-commercial/commercial pesticide applicator licenses. There will be no fee for members in attending the annual banquet. The fees for nonmembers will be $6 per person.
The WMA will wrap up at 1 p.m. with the Tricky Tray raffle. Raffle tickets are available at the Extension Office or from WMA directors Ricky Castilla, Jerry Dornak, Kevin Fagg, Mike Fishbeck, Sue Guthrie, Tim Rideout, and Clark Williams.
The Extension Office would like to thank the following sponsors: Abrameit Bldg and Supply, Ag Med Supply, Al Brothers, American Bank, Blue Quail Taxidermy, Briley’s Manufacturing, Jerry Dornak, Emprassario Restaurant, Encina Ranch, Elders Country Store, Mike, Goliad Pharmacy, Pete Goubeaud, Goliad Auto Parts, Goliad Auto Service, Goliad Feed, Hartman Distributing, Lowe’s, The Sharpshooters, Subway, Weesatche Wildgame Processor, Von Dohlen Motor Company, Wexford Hunting, Whataburger, and Zachary Construction.