North Central Fayette
County WILDLIFE Management CO-OP
October 18, 2014
Norman Schultz welcomed everyone to
the meeting and thanked them for coming. He introduced
the speakers as follows:
County Agent Scott Wiley spoke on the
Fayette County Coyote and Feral Hog bounty program. He
reminded everyone the rules have changed and now tails
are required, not ears.
Game Warden Sonny Alaniz from Austin
County was available with the Operation Game Thief
trailer. He gave a presentation on 2014 hunting rules.
Hunters are entitled to one good buck that is at least
13 inches on the inside spread. Both antlers must be
branched. They are also entitled to a buck with at
least one unbranched antler. New this year, hunters are
allowed to carry a firearm while bow hunting. He also
talked about how the game wardens are taking rotation at
the border also providing border patrol. There is no
state law that sets a minimum amount of acreage that can
be hunted and there is no law that states how far or
close a hunting blind can be from a property line.
Management permits for does must be hunted in accordance
with the open season. Laura Sherrod is the local parks
and wildlife biologist who issues the MLD permits.
Laura Sherrod, the new Biologist for
Fayette and Lee County introduced herself to the
audience. She also spoke on how to apply for MLD
Bobby Eichler, TPWD Biologist, gave a
presentation on wild turkey. He explained restoration
efforts actually began back in 1905 limiting the daily
bag count to 25. TWPD has been releasing turkey since
1920. The species of turkey in this area is the Rio.
He talked about the type of habitat needed for turkeys
to raise in this area. Some of that being more grassy
areas for nesting and wooded area for feeding. The
turkey lives for about 2-3 years. The predation rate is
very high for turkey especially in the first two weeks.
Gary Goebel provided a catered BBQ
sausage and brisket meal for all the members in
Norman Schultz opened the general
meeting. Audrey Sternadel read the minutes from the
Annual Meeting in 2013. Phyllis Fritsch made a motion
to accept the minutes as read and it was seconded by
James Urban. Virgie Hall gave the Treasurer’s report.
She reported the current balance is $14,848.49. It was
reported the co-op gave $250 to the Ledbetter VFD,
Carmine VFD and Round Top VFD. Funds have increased
over the past year in large part due to the newsletters
reminding members of their dues. There has also been an
increase in new membership. There are three directors
who are ending their terms; Cordell Levien, Elgene
Weyend and Virgie Hall. There were no nominations from
the floor and a motion was made by Ted Stardig and
seconded by Al Gross to accept all incumbent directors
by acclamation. The motion carried.
The Co-op once again recognized high
school youth who have achieved their American Farmer
Degree through FFA. Less than ½ of 1 percent achieve
this recognition. This year the co-op recognized Cari
Meinke and Hayden Garlin. Audrey Sternadel presented
each of them with a $150 check. Emil Sodolak made a
motion to continue supporting the youth of our co-op who
receive the American Farmer Degree. The motion was
seconded by Al Gross.
Fred Wernette spoke briefly to the
co-op members about the difficult time he has had since
the loss of his wife, and former co-op Secretary,
Barbara in March of this year. He thanked everyone for
supporting him during this time.
There being no further business,
James Urban made a motion to adjourn seconded by Al
The card raffle for a gun was
conducted and the bucket raffle was also announced. Lee
Fritsch and Luke Sternadel conducted the live auction.
Secretary NCFCWM Co-op