Wildlife is big business in Texas

With a decline in agricultural profits and a changing landowner base, many landowners in West-Central Texas are seeking alternatives to traditional agricultural enterprises. Enterprises based on hunting are considered with increasing interest from many landowners. At an upcoming seminar, landowners will have an opportunity to explore some of the trends and opportunities for developing wildlife- related businesses. On October 29, 2003 a seminar entitled ‘Wildlife Business Development Strategies’ will be held at the Texas 4-H Center in Brownwood, Texas. This seminar is sponsored by the Texas Leadership Institute, the Lower Colorado River Authority, Texas Cooperative Extension, and Texas A&M University- Department of Wildlife & Fisheries Sciences, with assistance from Texas Parks & Wildlife Department, Kiva Consulting, Texas A&M University Real Estate Center and USDA- Natural Resources Conservation Service. The program will include an expert group of wildlife professionals and entrepreneurs from throughout the state. While the focus of the seminar is the west-central portion of Texas, the information will also be useful for other areas of the state. One purpose of this seminar is to provide landowners and managers with information for deciding if a wildlife-related enterprise is something that would fit their land resources and ownership goals. An additional objective of this seminar is to provide information useful for enhancing existing wildlife enterprises. An added bonus from this event is the opportunity to interact with a variety of professional wildlife biologists and experienced managers. A selection of commercial vendors will also have displays of the newest products and technologies for managing wildlife-related enterprises. Registration for the seminar is $25 in advance and $35 at the door. Early registration for trade show booths is $50, which includes one registration. Late registration for trade show booths is $60 after Oct. 22. All registrations include materials, refreshments, and a catered lunch. For more information on the agenda and registration, log on to http://wildlife.tamu.edu. Interested persons can also contact Mr. Ray Alvarez at the Texas Leadership Institute (1- 800-776-5272 ext. 3252). TLI Course Number 1119.

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