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Management Activities Required By Law
Under the law, an owner must perform at least three of seven wildlife management activities on the land. An owner may qualify by doing more than three of the listed activities, but may not engage in fewer than three.

Below is a short summary of each management activity listed in the law.

  • Habitat Control (Habitat Management)
    A wild animal’s habitat is its surroundings as a whole, including plants, ground cover, shelter, and other animals on the land. Habitat control, or habitat management, means actively using the land to create or promote an environment that is beneficial to wildlife on the land. Removing harmful parts of the environment when necessary to benefit wildlife is also habitat management.
  • Erosion Control
    Any active practice that attempts to reduce or keep soil erosion to a minimum for the benefit of wildlife is erosion control.
  • Predator Control (Predator Management)
    This term means practices intended to manage the population of predators to benefit the owner’s target wildlife population. Predator control is usually not necessary unless the number of predators is harmful to the desired population.
  • Providing Supplemental Supplies of Water
    Natural water exists in all wildlife environments. Supplemental water is provided when the owner actively provides water in addition to the natural resources.
  • Providing Supplemental Supplies of Food
    Most wildlife environments have some natural food. An owner supplies supplemental food by providing food and nutrition in addition to the level naturally produced on the land.
  • Providing Shelter
    This term means actively creating or maintaining vegetation or artificial structures that provide shelter from the weather, nesting and breeding sites, or "escape cover" from enemies.
  • Making Census Counts to Determine Population
    Census counts are periodic surveys and inventories to determine the number, composition, or other relevant information about a wildlife population to measure if the current wildlife management practices are serving the targeted species.

For more information, see Chapter 23 of the The Texas Property Tax Code


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