For those of you who have young people ages 9 - 18 who will be on spring break during the second week of March (9th - 11th)our chapter will be holding an event to teach young people about eastern wild turkeys and wildlife management through predator control.
We will be camped out on the Gus Engling WMA Monday through Wednesday and we will have biologist out talking to the young folks and participating adults about eastern turkey restoration in the area. One of our forum members here will be giving a rocket net demonstration to show how turkeys are trapped and we will also have the opportunity to triangulate the location of some of the birds wearing radio transmitters using Telemetry equipment. If time permits we may even have the opportunity to call in some birds so the kids can actually see some eastern birds. Though there's hunting season I'm sue it would be just as exciting actually see and get some video footage of a gobbler coming in responding to calls.
In the predator control segment we will have trappers from Texas Fur Trappers Association out to do a session of various traps and how to set them while actually taking groups in the field and setting traps to catch predators such as coyotes, bobcats, coons..etc. They will take the groups on daily rounds to check traps and teach them how to put down and skin whatever is trapped. Last year out of the few traps set the day we arrives we managed to catch a bob cat, a few coons and possums. This year trappers will arrive and set a lot of traps the day before we arrive.
Also as part of the predator control segment there will be a feral hog eradication segment. Youth/guardian teams will go out with TPWD biologists and TYHP Huntmasters to set up over several baited locations to take out a few pigs and also set a few hog traps. Youth participating in this segment must have completed a Hunters Ed course.
Besides the predator control we will also have a TPWD aquatic specialist out to teach an aquatic Ed and take the groups fishing, and we will also have an archery session. We will provide the food and drinks and also camping gear for those that need it. The cost to participate is $65.00 and we will take up to 25 youth. If you have a kid you'd like to participate or if you would just like to come out yourself and support in some form, either to help with skinning, cooking, teaching archery, sponsoring a kid...etc send me a PM. Thanks and hope to see some of you forum members out.
Edited by Tjack28 (02/16/15 01:13 AM)