KCWMC President, Chris Dziuk presented Falls City High School senior Theresa Marie Fenner with the 8th annual Karnes County Wildlife Management Scholarship in the amount of $1,000. Theresa will be attending Texas A&M University in College Station. Her major field of study is Agricultural and Life Sciences. Theresa has excelled academically, ranking 1st in her class, while additionally holding various offices and receiving numerous awards and recognitions. She remained active in many organizations throughout the county, her community, and in Falls City High School. All KCWMC members extend their congratulations and best wishes to Theresa.
Ryan Darr, TPWD Wildlife Biologist for Karnes County, presented population and harvest data from the 2012–2013 deer season. Mr. Darr noted that deer density estimates averaged around 15 acres per deer across Karnes County; however, the exact density varied widely depending on location. Densities in the west and east were near normal, the north was well above normal, and the south was slightly below normal this year. Spotlight surveys conducted by KCWMC continued to show that deer numbers have remained stable or increased across all regions of the county over the past decade. He also pointed out that doe to buck ratios remain skewed toward does averaging around 4 does per buck across the county. Estimates as of survey time (late summer and early fall) showed that 36% of does were observed with a fawn, suggesting higher fawn survival than in past years. Relatively cooler summer temperatures likely helped promote higher fawn survival. Finally, Mr. Darr explained that deer harvest was slow during bow season and early in the general season; however, harvest picked up later in the season making for a good year overall. Many hunters also reported taking a nice trophy buck this year!
Robert Perez, TPWD Upland Game Bird Program Leader, for the State of Texas gave a presentation entitled “The State of Quail: A Texas Perspective.” In his presentation, Mr. Perez addressed the decline in northern bobwhite (quail) numbers observed in Karnes County and throughout the state. He noted that the impact of the common culprits blamed for the decline in quail, such as native predators and fire ants, are greatly overshadowed by a lack of suitable quail habitat. Mr. Perez also taught attendees that “purposeful management,” which creates suitable quail habitat, is the best way to reverse the decline in quail numbers.
KCWMC President, Chris Dziuk reminded everyone that the Karnes County Wildlife Cooperative will be holding elections during the month of June 2013, for the purpose of electing the President, Secretary/Treasurer, and Directors for the western, southern, northern and eastern regions of the county. Each of these positions will be for a two year term, commencing on October 1 and ending on September 30, 2015.
Procedures for nominating persons for all positions will be provided in the mail. Nominee does not have to be a landowner in Karnes County but must be a member of the Co-op in good standing.
Drawings were held throughout the meeting for various door prizes. KCWMC members and guests were served dinner catered by Polak’s Sausage Farm, Inc. Anyone interested in joining the co-op can do so by contacting P. O. Box 537, Falls City, Texas 78113 or calling President Chris Dziuk at (830) 254-3488.