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On the Range: Squirrel Hunting

<img src="/images/Multi_Media/bigcountryhomepage/nxd_media/img/jpg/2009_01/90d61d6d-3fcc-5ea4-397f-5c89faa908a1/raw.jpg" alt=" " style="width: 360px; height: 240px" width="360" align="left" height="240" />In years past, roaming the woods hunting squirrels was a rite of passage for many Texas youngsters.&nbsp; Today, there are fewer squirrel hunters, and with them has dwindled what was once a main gateway into the outdoors.<br />
In years past, roaming the woods hunting squirrels was a rite of passage for many Texas youngsters.  Today, there are fewer squirrel hunters, and with them has dwindled what was once a main gateway into the outdoors.

Texas Parks and Wildlife manages the 200 acre Gus Engeling Wildlife Management Area in East Texas which is available for Texans who enjoy squirrel hunting.  This is managed, public  land that is designed to preserve native Texas habitat.

Many Texans were introduced to hunting when they began squirrel hunting.  The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department wants to continue that tradition in the hopes of instilling conservation ethics and the love of the outdoors.

These managed areas are important because nearly half of the old-growth hardwood forests in Texas have disappeared to agriculture, reservoirs, timber harvest, and urban development. 
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