Texas A&M University-Kingsville

Managing hunting on ranches is topic of ranch symposium

Memorial Student Union Building - 10/27/11 - 10/28/11

Contact: Julie Navejar
julie.navejar@tamuk.edu or 361-593-2590


Ranchers from all over will converge on Texas A&M University-Kingsville for the Eighth Annual HOLT CAT® Symposium on Excellence in Ranch Management Thursday and Friday, Oct. 27-28, in the Memorial Student Union Building. This year’s topic is Business Management of Hunting Enterprises on Working Ranches.

The keynote speaker is Carter Smith, executive director of Texas Parks and Wildlife, who will talk about an Outlook for Commercial Hunting on Private Land Ranches. The cost of the two-day symposium is $200. For more information, call 361-593-5401 or to register go to http://krirm.tamuk.edu.

 Other speakers include:  

Dave Delaney, King Ranch Inc., Rancher Perspective: Balancing Wildlife, Livestock, and other Ranch Enterprises;  

Greg Simons, Outfitter Perspective: Another Option for Landowners;

Ryan Rhoades, King Ranch Institute for Ranch Management, Building a Hunting Enterprise Business Plan;

Eric Jacobsen, Deseret Cattle and Citrus, Hunting Enterprise Model: Identifying Reasonable Option

Mark Bartoskewitz and Justin Field, King Ranch Inc., Wildlife and Natural Resources Inventory and Management

Mark Kossler, Vermejo Park Ranch, Marketing you Hunting Enterprise; 

Bob Kilmer, Matador Ranch, Building an Operating Plan; and

Joseph Fitzsimons, Matador Ranch, Protecting your Interests: Hunting Lease Contracts and Liabilities.

About Carter Smith

Smith was selected as executive director the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission in late 2007 and officially took the job in January 2008. Prior to that, he had been with The Nature Conservancy of Texas serving as state director since 2004. He also was the first executive director of the Katy Prairie Conservancy and continues to serve on their advisory board.

Smith is a native of Central Texas who began his career in 1992 as a management intern at Texas Parks and Wildlife assisting in the private lands and public hunting programs. He has a wildlife management degree from Texas Tech University and a master’s degree in conservation biology from Yale University.

He has served on a number of conservation-related boards of directors and advisory councils, including the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s Advisory Board, the Natural Resources Conservation Service’s State Technical Committee, the Texas Land Trust Council, Texas Tech University’s Natural Resources Management Advisory Board and Texas A&M University’s Sea Grant Program.

Smith also is a private landowner with farm and ranch properties in Edwards, Gonzales and Williamson counties.


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