Goliad County Wildlife Management Association Banquet coming up
By Brian Yanta
The 2011 Annual Banquet of the Goliad County Wildlife Management Association takes place Oct. 8, with registration starting at 7:30 a.m. The directors have put a great deal of time and effort into this year's meeting to ensure 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 Uncle Mutt's catering. If you have turned in your herd composition data, doe permit issuance will take place until 9 a.m.
Topics of discussion this year include: "Coping with Feral Hogs," John Calentine, USDA/APHIS District Troubleshooter; "Quail Management," Dr. Fidel Hernandez, Ceasar Kleberg Wildlife Institute; "Game Law Enforcement," Kevin Fagg, Texas Parks and Wildlife Game Warden; "Deer Survey Results," Josh Turner, TPWD Biologist. And we will devote time highlighting the success of the "Hunters for the Hungry" program that we participated in last year, and hope to do more this year.
The directors of the WMA also voted, with the 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 at their last regular meeting to initiate a county bounty of $1 per hog. If you are a landowner in Goliad County, you are eligible to participate. Please see our website for more information on how to claim your bounty and how to help Goliad County win the challenge. The bounty is good for the rest of this year starting on Oct. 1, with a $1,000 budget. The county will receive bonus points for participants at this year's banquet, so while it is important that you attend, you will be helping us to win the challenge. Our website is goliad.agrilife.org Just look under the WMA link for all the details.
The WMA also will conduct its regular business meeting and award our lifetime member plaques. This year's banquet will offer two hours (Integrated Pest Management) of CEU's for your 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 our Tricky Tray raffle and a bird dog puppy donated by Tim and Carol Rideout with Rideout Kennels. You can come by the Extension Office and purchase raffle tickets or see any WMA director: Ricky Castilla, Jerry Dornak, Kevin Fagg, Mike Fishbeck, Sue Guthrie, Tim Rideout and Clark Williams. We would like to thank our sponsors: Abrameit Bldg. and Supply, Ag Med Supply, Al Brothers, American Bank, Blue Quail Taxidermy, Briley's Manufacturing, Jerry Dornak, Encina Ranch, Elders Country Store, Mike and Deme Fishbeck, Goliad Pharmacy, Pete Goubeaud, Goliad Auto Parts, Goliad Auto Service, Goliad Feed, Hartman Distributing, Lowe's, The Sharpshooters, Weesatche Wildgame Processor, Von Dohlen Motor Company, Wexford Hunting, Judy Whitfield and Zachary Construction.