2012-01-19 / General Stories

Outdoor News

January 16, 2012
By Victor Gonzales, Lee County Game Warden

This past weekend, I and several other game wardens participated in our annual District II youth hunt. This is something we’ve been doing for the past 18 years or so. Although the turnout wasn’t as big as past hunts, we all had a good time.

The Tri-Kappa Ranch of Fayette County hosted our annual event and provided food, fire and fellowship. Several youth harvested their first deer and one young man from Lee County harvested his first buck, a 41/2 year old 8 pointer. The kids witnessed firsthand the end result of white-tailed deer management.

On Sunday, the Footprints Family Ranch of Lee County hosted a youth hunt for two 10 year old hunters. One, attempting to harvest his first deer, the other, experiencing hunting for the first time, they had fun and asked a lot of ten year old questions. The deer weren’t cooperating and just as we were exiting the blind, two feral hogs approached the feeder. Well, now the ranch is minus one boar hog.

I didn’t receive a favorable response last year when requests for host ranches was broadcasted. For those who are still apprehensive or have questions, the look on faces of kids patiently awaiting their quarry is priceless. Openings for the 2012-2013 season are now open.

On Friday, February 3, 2012, the Lee County Wildlife Association will host their 15th annual meeting and fundraiser at Giddings Sons of Herman Hall. Exhibits and raffle begin at 5:00 p.m. and meal at 6:30 p.m. This year’s speaker is Mr. Clayton Wolf, Wildlife Division Director from Austin. Flyers are posted throughout the county with additional information or you may contact the Lee County Extension office.

I may be contacted at 979-540-0194 (c) or victor.gonzales@tpwd.state.tx.

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