Land Stewardship > Wildlife Management

Wildlife often bring a sense of wonder to the land. They bring an opportunity to think of days prior to settlement when wildlife were the primary inhabitants of Central Texas. A simple truth which carries forward to today is that when wildlife are healthy and diverse their habitat is healthy and diverse.

When considering land objectives, wildlife management can almost always fit nicely into other land objectives.  Land well-managed for livestock, soil and water, or aesthetics often benefits wildlife.  While different wildlife species have different needs; even small acreages can be managed to benefit a wide variety of wildlife.  Important wildlife types in Central Texas include: songbirds, rodents, reptiles, amphibians, game-birds, and mammals.

Overall Tips for Wildlife

Manage for Deer

Manage for Quail

Manage for Turkey

Manage for Fish

Small farm ponds must be managed to be productive and provide good fishing. Think of a pond as you would a garden.  It must be properly laid out, fertilized, stocked, weeded, pruned, and protected.



Manage for Threatened and Endangered Species

With over 86 federally listed threatened and/or endangered animal and plant species occurring in Texas, it is important that landowners understand the potential benefit or harm that their habitat management actions could have on these imperiled species.  For information on the listed species which could occur in a county, along with information on the species' habitat requirements, please visit and enter a county.  For most listed species, recovery plans are available for review.  To learn more specific information about how land management actions may affect a particular species, landowners may contact either the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department or the US Fish and Wildlife Service.  Both agencies have biologists available to help landowners with various wildlife issues, including endangered species issues.  These biologists may also be able to direct landowners to cost-share programs available to help restore habitat for federally listed and other rare species.  Other helpful links include: