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Hunting takes foothold in Refugio County
by Kenda Nelson
Dec 30, 2010 | 1161 views | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
"Hunting will get bigger here," Jerry Gray, extension agent
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The hunting industry is taking a foothold in the county and nature tourism is on the rise, according to Jerry Gray, the county’s extension agent.

During the agent’s end-of-the-year report, Gray told the commissioners court on Tuesday that his office receives two to three phone calls a day for hunting leases.

“Hunting will get bigger here,” he said.

Gray said the O’Connor brothers, owners of the largest cattle operation in the county, are talking about game vs. cattle production.

“The cattle market is up this year,” Gray said. “There’s a lot less head of cattle than there was a year ago.”

The agent also talked about its banner programs in 4-H and with producers. Twelve newsletters went out to 6,600 people; 160 addition club members were added to the 4-H rolls, plus more than 100 adult volunteers have stepped up to assist.

A new program, 4-H future chefs, was started to combat youth obesity by teaching better food and nutrition strategies. Gray said the county has many more youths competing in the larger livestock shows as well.

In other matters, the commissioners also reserved May 21, 2011, at the Expo Center for possible wrestling matches, although the court held off on approving the proposal until the Jan. 11 meeting.

Jimmy Perez with the Texas Wrestling Federation explained his request to hold the show. Perez conducts the matches in Cuero, Karnes City, Gonzales and Floresville and is looking to expand his area.

Perez said the wrestlers in the federation perform in the old style of Wahoo McDaniel and Tully Blanchard. Tickets to the match are $10 to $15 each.

Perez, who has been in the business for 20 years, says the show generally brings in 100 to 150 wrestling fans.

The commissioners also approved fire contracts with the county’s fire departments, including Tivoli for $14,500; Woodsboro, $28,000; Austwell, $6,000; Bayside, $10,100; and Refugio, $34,000.

The rates did not change from last year.

In other matters, Commissioner Stanley Tuttle announced that the Woodsboro dump grounds will no longer charge for wood and tree limbs, which can be disposed of by burning, with no cost to the county.

Refugio and Austwell-Tivoli already have the no-charge policy.
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