North Central Fayette County Wildlife
October 15, 2016
Norman Schultz opened the meeting by welcoming everyone in attendance.
Fayette County Game Warden Calvin Harbaugh spoke on several things
going on in the county. Dove season has been slow overall. 20 days have
been added to dove season, but it hasnít made much difference in the
harvest count. So far this archery season he hasnít heard of any big
bucks being taken. New regulations for Burleson County is they will
have 4 doe days around thanksgiving. There will be no changes for
Fayette County. The TPWD has recently been through swift water rescue
training so they will be better trained to assist in emergencies such
as we saw in the spring of this year. When you think there is a reason
to contact a game warden, you contact the Sheriffís Department and they
will direct your call. He can personally be reached on his cell number
979-966-3514. You can also call operation game thief. That number is on
your hunting license.
1st Gun Raffle was drawn with Fred Wernette being the winner.
TPWD Biologist Laura Sherrod, who offices in the Lee County Courthouse
Annex, spoke on MLDP Managed lands Doe Permits. In the upcoming year
the process will be completely online. You will be able to get permits
for both does and bucks. Harvest data will be required to be
on-line as well. For the buck permit Ė the county regulations donít
apply. This is a method that can be used to harvest some of the older
narrowed antlered bucks. The buck permits will be issued on a basis of
approximately 1 buck permit per 300 acres. The permits canít be used
along with your licenses. Permits cover both archery and rifle season
and there is no overlapping on regulations. If you are allowed to
harvest one buck and you take a cull buck with your permit, that is
your harvest limit. You can also go through the conservation route to
request doe and buck permits. This requires working directly with Laura.
There has been a lot of concern about this yearís fawn crop due to the
spring floods. There is an abundance of vegetation this year, and while
the floods did take some fawns, there is still a healthy fawn
population. TPWD will continue to test harvested or killed deer for
chronic wasting disease. You may contact her if you have a harvested
deer or see one on the road side you would like tested. Out of
the 10,000+ wild deer tested by biologists across the state (both
roadkill and hunter harvested), none were positive. The positives
so far have been in the deer breeder facilities. The last number
I heard was that we have had 25 positives in deer breeder facilities
TPWD is conducting a turkey research project in Fayette County. The
purpose is to track hens and find their nesting preferences and
successes. Turkeys were trapped and banded with tracking devices. So
far, the tracked hens have shown their nests were lost early on. The
survey will continue this year. There will be a graph in the co-op
newsletter showing if there has been an increase or decrease in the
Fred Wernette spoke about the newsletter and thanked the advertisers.
He thanked his daughter for designing the newsletter and Virgie Hall
for putting it together for mail out. There is a wealth of information
in the newsletter. He also asked for members to submit wildlife stories
to him for publication. He also reminded everyone to visit the website
at www.ncfcwildlife.com for additional information.
2nd Gun Raffle was drawn with John Mabry being the winner.
Following the guest speakers Gary Goebel provided a catered BBQ meal
for approximately 135 members with Pastor Willie Rotter giving the
Norman Schultz opened the general meeting by drawing 3 door prizes. He
then acknowledged Lynette and Bobby Williams who represent WHEP. This
year the coop sponsored a buckle for the group that was used an award
for wildlife habitat competition. He also reported a $400 donation was
being made to the Ledbetter, Round Top and Carmine Volunteer Fire
Next, there were nominations accepted from the floor for the three
directors ending their three-year term. Those with expiring terms are:
Dale Meinardus, Gary Weishuhn, and Luke Sternadel. There being no
nominations, James Urban made a motion to re-elect the three by
acclamation. Jim Mattier seconded the motion, the motion carried.
Audrey Sternadel read the minutes from the October 10, 2015 annual
meeting. Ted Stardig made a motion to accept the minutes as read. Carlo
Triolo seconded the motion, the motion carried.
Virgie Hall gave the treasurerís report. The beginning balance was
$16,121.44. There was a total of $7,443.13 in expenses which included
donations to youth organizations, volunteer fire departments, meeting
expense and newsletter. There was a total of $8,681.95 in income which
included dues, raffles, drink donations and live auction. The current
balance is $17,360.26. A motion was made by Chad Tietjen and seconded
by Leonard Kaspar, to accept the report as presented, the motion
There being no further business, Ted Stardig made a motion to adjourn, seconded by Wayne Noak, motion carried.
Following the general business meeting the live auction was conducted by Rick Sodak.