The Castell Area Wildlife Management Association (CAWMA), a non-profit organization, was organized in the spring of 2010 with 13 charter members. At its last meeting on October 13, 2012, the association had grown to 29 members.
The formation of the association rose out a general concern for the deer size and population in the Castell area and the limited wildlife management options for owners of small properties. After visiting with Joyce Lucas and hearing her concerns, Dale Schmidt, Texas Parks and Wildlife Technician, suggested she determine the interest in combining the efforts of other property owners in the area. The initial meeting was held on April 24, 2010 in the Castell Community Center with almost 40 property owners attending.
Mr. Schmidt outlined the benefits members could expect when working together as well as the responsibilities of the landowners.
Research done by the Kerr Wildlife Management Area, Hunt, TX indicates the best practices a property owner can do is manage the habitat and maintain a good gene potential. Along these ideas the goals of the CAWMA are:
• Bring the majority of the acreage within the boundaries of CAWMA under proven successful wildlife management practices.• Make harvest recommendations for this area.
• Obtain accurate harvest records for the entire managed area.
• Have better hunter/landowner relations and neighbor relations through education.
• Encourage landowners in the CAWMA to become better educated about land management practices which enrich wildlife habitat and to encourage the implementation of those practices among landowners.
• Encourage predator control.
The approximate boundary of the CAWMA includes County Roads 405, 405a, 404, 103, 105, and 105. The association has three separate survey areas and each survey area has its own harvest recommendations. The surveys reflected that too many young bucks were being harvested and not enough does. Consequently, members are now doing a better job of advising their hunters what they can harvest on their property. Some hunters are already reporting that they are seeing some changes.
The CAWMA meets twice annually, once in the fall to learn the harvest recommendations for the season, and again in the spring, to turn in the harvest records and jawbones to determine what was actually harvested. Additionally, at this meeting members are given the opportunity to expand their management knowledge through an educational presentation. The next meeting will be on April 13, 2013 at the Mason Mountain Wildlife Management Area.
If you are interested in learning more about wildlife management, you are welcomed to attend any of the meetings and for only $10 you can become a member. For more information you may contact Joyce S Lucas, 8935 Scarlet Creek, Universal City, TX 78148; firstname.lastname@example.org ; 210-267-8820 or Larry Otto, 690 Otto Loop, Llano, TX 78643; email@example.com ; 325-247-3460.