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Hays County students learn wildlife management at summer camps

COVER: Volunteer Rodney Sturdivant talks to cadets about indicators of a quail’s roost site at Buck Horn Creek Ranch in Atascosa County during the South Texas Bobwhite Brigades camp in 2013. FILE PHOTO by DALE ROLLINS/TEXAS A&M AGRILIFE EXTENSION SERVICE


SAN ANTONIO — Six students from Hays County high schools learned wildlife stewardship and leadership at summer camps held last month as part of the Texas Wildlife Association’s Texas Brigades program.

Local students accepted as camp cadets include Elizabeth Contreras of San Marcos High School; Gary Gilbert of Hill Country Christian School in San Marcos; Katie Edwards and Cooper Moore, both of Barton Middle School in Kyle; Kyle Herron of Dripping Springs High School; and Jake Allen of The Kings Academy in Dripping Springs.

The wildlife association, a San Antonio-based nonprofit organization, holds seven Texas Brigades camps each summer: Two sessions of the Buckskin Brigade on white-tail deer in Albany and near Carrizo-Springs; two of the Bobwhite Brigade on bobwhite quail in Leuders and near Pleasanton; the Bass Brigade at McKinney Roughs Nature Park near Bastrop; the Waterfowl Brigade on ducks and geese in Lufkin; and the new Ranch Brigade on domestic cattle near Santa Anna.

Held on private properties throughout the state, the camps are open to cadets between 12 and 17 years old. Applications for 2016 must be submitted by Jan. 1. For information, context Texas Brigades program executive director Helen Holdsworth at 1-855-892-7447 or by email here.

CORRECTION 9:15 p.m. AUG. 13: An earlier version of this story should have said that the Texas Wildlife Association, not the Texas Parks & Wildlife department, administers the Texas Brigades summer camp program.

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#1 Comment By Zelina On 08/13/2015 @ 6:42 pm

Just a quick note: Texas Brigades is actually the non-profit organization that puts on the seven camps statewide. We do partner with other organizations such as Texas Parks and Wildlife, USDA-NRCS, AgriLife Extension, Texas Wildlife Association, etc. These partners allow their employees to take part of our camps to support our mission to educate and empower youths with leadership skills and knowledge in wildlife, fisheries, and land stewardship to become conservation ambassadors for a sustained natural resource legacy. Find us on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter. #TexasBrigades