Texas Wildlife Association – CWD Rules Statement
The mission of Texas Wildlife Association (TWA) is to serve Texas wildlife and its habitat, while protecting property rights, our hunting heritage, and the conservation efforts of those who value and steward wildlife resources. We upheld that mission in our support of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission as they approved an amended set of rules for artificial movement of deer by permit as part of the state’s chronic wasting disease (CWD) management plan.
The approved rules provide continued protection against CWD, which poses a legitimate threat to the biological, ecological and financial health of wildlife populations and to the vibrant wildlife economies in Texas. The Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission’s decision to approve these rules comes on the heels of months of thorough discussion by an extremely inclusive and diligent stakeholder process to make recommendations to Texas Parks and Wildlife Department staff on rule content and construction.
Broad support for the rules came in from dozens of conservation and wildlife champions including, TWA, Texas & Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association, Texas Chapter of the Wildlife Society, South Texans’ Property Rights Association, Texas Agricultural Land Trust, Boone and Crockett Club, Texas Audubon Society, Hill Country Alliance, multiple members of American Wildlife Conservation Partners, Texans For Saving Our Hunting Heritage, former TPW Commissioners, hunting guides, ranch managers, private landowners, real estate brokers, wildlife biologists, wildlife enthusiasts, and many others. TWA Chief Executive Officer, David Yeates said, “We believe that the Commission’s decision to approve the new rules is the right solution to ensuring the safety and responsible stewardship of such a precious state-owned public resource, the white-tailed deer herd.”
For hunters and conservationists as a whole, it is of utmost importance that we protect, preserve and propel the integrity and significance of our hunting heritage, and we believe these rules accomplish just that. “The fundamental issue is how best to protect our state’s deer herds from a deadly disease. The overwhelming amount of interest this issue has generated illustrates just how passionate Texans are about deer and our deer hunting heritage. The actions taken by the commission today are the result of extensive deliberation with input from all stakeholders, and I applaud the many individuals and groups from all over the state who took the time and effort to remain engaged in the process until the end,” said Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission Chairman, T. Dan Friedkin.
We thank the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission for including us as a stakeholder in this process and look forward to continuing to positively impact Texas for current and future generations of Texans.
Details of CWD rule changes affecting specific artificial deer movement permits are available online at www.tpwd.texas.gov/cwd/.