Important Regulation Changes-TPWD


Below are the regulation changes that were adopted by the Texas Parks and Wildlife
Commission on November 8, 2012. These regulations affect all movement of breeder
deer within and between the defined CWD Zones in West Texas; a map has been attached
to this email highlighting the different CWD zones for visual reference. Links to
the complete codes and regulations can be found by visiting the Deer Breeder Program
page on the TPWD website. [Read More]

7 states want to secede from U.S. and Austin wants to secede from Texas

Seven states qualify for secession response from White House

 By  Ian Simpson
The petitions for secession from the U.S. filed by Texas, Louisiana, and five other states have collected more than 25,000 signatures each, which the White House website says is enough for review and response.

WASHINGTON – Citizens from more than 40 states have filed petitions with the White House seeking to secede from the union, and by Wednesday, seven states had gathered enough signatures to qualify for a response to the largely symbolic protest. [Read More]

Comment on proposed CWD changes for Texas


Exotic Wildlife Association
Membership Alert


Attention All EWA Members


Your Comments Must be Submitted to the Texas Animal Health Commission by Monday, Nov. 26, 2012


RE:  Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC) Chronic Wasting Disease rule. The below proposed rule change by TAHC was written to meet the requirements for interstate movement of susceptible species of whitetail, mule deer, Sika, Red Deer and moose as set out in the new Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) federal rule. The comment period is open until November 26, 2012.


Below are links to the proposed rules which are now open for public comment at the email format link provided below. There is also a copy of the actual rule proposal and information explaining the rule at the links given below. It is imperative that you make every effort to post your written opinion on these proposed changes as TAHC is depending upon YOUR INPUT prior to their final adoption of these regulations. Please make your comments specific to the rule proposed. Comments may also be mailed to the Commission at the following address:


Comments Texas Animal Health Commission P.O. Box 12966 Austin, Texas 78711-2966




Go to middle of page (“Rules proposed at the September 18, 2012 Commission Meeting”). Click on “Comments” (or on links given below).  Submit your comment in the email format provided, and click on ‘send.’


Rules proposed at the September 18, 2012 Commission meeting

Chapter 40, Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) – Proposed changes to current CWD requirements and add new ED Declaration of CWD Movement Restriction Zone section View proposal       Comment


Or you may submit comments by fax at (512) 719-0721. Comments need to be received no later than Nov. 26, 2012.


Below are EWA’s recommendations for responses which you may want to submit in your own words.


Specifically proposed:

  • The TAHC rule as proposed requires a hands-on herd inventory of breeder deer every three years. This means that anyone participating in interstate commerce would be required to have their accredited veterinarian or animal health inspector personally inspect each animal contained in their inventory every three years.
    • The Exotic Wildlife Association (EWA) recommends that you post your public comments on record as opposing this. (EWA does support annual herd inventory reconciliation.)
  • The TAHC rule as proposed would require that deer breeder permit-holders test 100 percent of all deaths for CWD of animals that are 12 months of age or older. Currently the requirement is 16 months.
    • EWA recommends that you oppose the proposed testing change of animals that are 12 months of age instead of the current 16 months of age. The death loss at 12 months will likely be higher because of natural mortality in this age group (few CWD cases have been found in this age group). Changing the age of testing will create an additional monetary hardship on breeders.
  • The TAHC rule allows wildlife agencies to transport CWD susceptible species across state lines with only approval from the state veterinarian for the state of origin and the state veterinarian of the receiving state. Disease protocol that is required of CWD susceptible cervid producers for interstate commerce does not have to be followed by the wildlife agencies.
    • EWA recommends that you oppose this section of the rule as discriminatory. All Interstate movement of CWD susceptible species should follow the same protocol.


It is important for all of our members to comment even if you are not involved or participate in intrastate commerce because this is setting the stage for the intrastate rule that will come in the next couple of months.


For additional information, contact Charly Seale at:


Thank you for your help on this most important matter.

Charly Seale

Executive Director

Exotic Wildlife Association

Hillary Clinton announces plans for US to join a massive global gun control scheme.

Dear fellow American,

Gun-grabbers around the globe believe they have it made.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton recently announced the Obama Administration will be working hand-in-glove with the UN to pass a new “Small Arms Treaty.”

Disguised as an “International Arms Control Treaty” to fight against “terrorism,” “insurgency” and “international crime syndicates,” the UN’s Small Arms Treaty is in fact a massive, GLOBAL gun control scheme.

If passed by the UN and ratified by the U.S. Senate, the UN “Small Arms Treaty” would almost certainly FORCE the United States to:

*** Enact tougher licensing requirements, making law-abiding Americans cut through even more bureaucratic red tape just to own a firearm legally;

*** CONFISCATE and DESTROY ALL “unauthorized” civilian firearms (all firearms owned by the government are excluded, of course); [Read More]

ADWA Announces Award Winners – Circle H Ranch wins Exotic Breeder of the Year

ADWA Announces Winners for New W.I.L.D. Awards

AUSTIN, Texas — The American Deer & Wildlife Alliance® (ADWA) is proud to announce the winners of its 2011 Wildlife Industry, Leadership & Development (W.I.L.D.) Awards. The ADWA is a non-profit organization working to promote the deer and wildlife industry and the W.I.L.D. Awards help spotlight the people, businesses and products that have made a significant, positive impact.
“The spirit of the W.I.L.D. Awards is to recognize leading innovative approaches in products and to acknowledge the leadership of individuals in growing our industry,” says John Meng, president of the American Deer & Wildlife Alliance. “By showcasing dedicated stewards within our industry and the most innovative products, the W.I.L.D. Awards will promote the industry and help preserve our American outdoor traditions for future generations.”The 2011 W.I.L.D. Award winners with their respective categories are: [Read More]

TDA – Article about venomous snakes

Do Not Disturb – Beware of Snakes

By Clint Pustejovsky

Venom—just the word makes you shiver and think “danger.” Venomous snakes are found in every county in Texas, but they are not the threat that most people believe they are. Out of the 15 species of venomous snakes found in Texas, none will strike or bite unless disturbed (whether accidentally or not), provoked or intentionally handled.

Venomous snakes have venom to immobilize their prey and begin the digestive process before swallowing their food.  Once the animal or prey is injected with venom (we’ll use a mouse for illustrative purposes), it will begin to lose control of its ability to move. This can happen rapidly, depending on the type of venom, volume of venom injected, depth of fangs and if any venom entered a major artery. One mouse may only take a few steps and fall over, just kicking its legs and never moving again. Another one may hop and run around, making the snake follow its trail. [Read More]

Execution in Texas

Louisiana ex-con executed for 2003 Texas killing

 IMAGE: This handout photo provided by the Texas Department of Public Safety shows Donnie Roberts.

AP Photo: Texas Department of Public Safety. IMAGE: This handout photo provided by the Texas Department of Public Safety shows Donnie Roberts.
 By: Michael Graczyk        
A Louisiana parole violator was set to die Wednesday for killing his girlfriend Vicki Bowen at her home in Lake Livingston, Texas, in 2003.

HUNTSVILLE, Texas — Donnie Lee Roberts, convicted in his girlfriend’s 2003 slaying in Texas, was executed Wednesday for fatally shooting the woman and taking items from her home to sell or trade to support his drug habit.

Roberts, 41, became the 12th inmate to be put to death this year in the nation’s most active capital punishment state. He was pronounced dead at 6:30 p.m. CDT. His lethal injection came after the U.S. Supreme Court refused to review his case earlier this week, and no additional appeals were filed to try to block the execution.

Roberts was condemned for the fatal shooting of Vicki Bowen, 44, at her East Texas home. At the time of his arrest for the October 2003 killing, Roberts had violated his probation for a robbery conviction in Louisiana by fleeing to Texas after dropping out of a drug treatment program. [Read More]

Texas Animal Health Commission Modifies Entry Requirements for Cervids

To all EWA members, please take note of the new entry requirements for the importation of Sika and Red Deer into the state of Texas. This is for the interstate movement of these species. The intrastate movement of these two species are not affected at this time but will certainly be addressed in the future.

Charly Seale Executive Director

TAHC Modifies Entry Requirements Effective Immediately for Cervids

AUSTIN -The Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC) announced that effective immediately it is has determined that Red deer (Cervus elaphus), and Sika deer (Cervus nippon) are “susceptible species” for Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD)and thereforemust meet the same entry requirements as other cervid species regulated by the agency such as elk and moose. The new entry rules for Red deer and Sika deer will require they originate from herds with at least five years of participation in a herd certification program from states where CWD has been detected, and at least three years participation in programs from states that have not found CWD thus far.

The agency decision was based in part on the disclosure that a farmed Red deer herd in Minnesota was confirmed positive for CWD in May of this year. Further, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) released an interim final CWD rule on June 8, which designates Sika deer and Red deer as susceptible species. The USDA rule is intended to establish minimum requirements for interstate movement of deer, elk, moose, and other susceptible cervids, and to also establish a national CWD certification program. [Read More]

Texas Deer Association Endorses New Model


Texas Deer Association Endorses New ‘Texas Model’ for Wildlife


SAN ANTONIO — The Texas Deer Association (TDA) is proud to announce its endorsement of the newly introduced ‘Texas Model,’ the first wildlife model specifically published for the state’s successful combination of wildlife management needs and private land ownership.

The new 21st Century Landowner Guide Texas Model was a collaborative work by five of the most respected wildlife professionals in Texas — Macy Ledbetter, Robert Zaiglin, Mickey Hellickson, Horace Gore and Dr. James Kroll — who possess more than 170 years of combined professional experience managing wildlife on public and private property in Texas. These authors brought this collective work to a recent TDA Board of Directors meeting and the Board so endorsed the Texas Model. [Read More]

Price of Deer Corn Expected To Climb This Fall

By Steve Knight Outdoor Writer
If deer hunting wasn’t already expensive enough, the price of corn could be skyrocketing out of sight.
Considering Texas hunters buy an estimated 500 million pounds a year, a dollar or two difference in the price of a bag of corn can mean a significant amount of money.
The price has already gotten so high in recent years that some stores are trying to camouflage it by downsizing to 40-pound bags. The price per pound works out the same, but if you are only buying a couple bags at a time it doesn’t hurt as much.
Drought is the issue once again. Not in Texas, but then Texas only produces about 2 percent of the nation’s corn crop.
It is drought conditions in the Midwest that have created the worst corn production in 25 years, pushing corn prices to record highs. On Monday wholesale corn was selling for $8.13 a bushel or about 56 pounds. That is up 26 cents from the previous high set in 2011. [Read More]