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February 1-2, 2024

National Ranching Heritage Center

Lubbock, Texas

What PWC Is All About

The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, the Department of Natural Resources Management at Texas Tech University, and the Texas Wildlife Association are pleased to host the first Panhandle Wildlife Conference since the 1990s!


Don't miss this opportunity to learn about wildlife and habitat management in the Texas Panhandle from a wide range of professionals. From wildlife researchers discussing the results of panhandle-specific projects, to state and federal agency personnel discussing the resources available in the Panhandle, to landowners highlighting processes that are working for them, there is something here for everyone!



Thursday, February 1, 2024


9:00                    Registration Opens

                             TWA personnel

10:00-10:15       Welcome

                             Warren Conway, TTU

Keynote Speaker

10:15-10:40       Shifting Baselines and Changes in the Texas Panhandle Landscape

                            Mike Carter, PLJV

Session 1       10:40 a.m - 12:10 p.m.

Moderator: Brad Simpson, TPWD

10:40-11:00     Making wildlife important to your operation?

                          Justin Dreibelbis, TWA

11:00-11:25         To irrigate or not to irrigate – can you survive?

                           Chris Grotegut, Landowner

11:25-11:50       Water conservation & the Ogallala

                           Ladona Clayton, ED OLWC

11:50-12:10       TBD


12:10 – 1:00      Lunch Provided                                                                                  


Session 2       1:00 - 2:30 p.m.

Moderator: Sam Harryman, TPWD    


1:00-1:20           1-D-1 Open space valuation for wildlife

                            Tim Siegmund, TPWD 

1:20-1:45            Using Precision Ag in your farming operations

                            Josh Michna, Pheasants Forever     

1:45-2:05            Mule deer movement and antler growth in the Panhandle


2:05-2:30           To Cull or not to Cull

                             Barrett Koennecke, TPWD


2:30-2:50           Break (sponsored by Capital Farm Credit)                                                                               


Session 3       2:50 – 4:30 p.m.

Moderator: Duane Lucia, USFWS

2:50–3:10           Using NRCS funds for wildlife habitat improvement

                             Thomas Hunt, NRCS

3:10-3:30            SAFE CRP and Grassland CRP

                             Will Newman, TPWD

3:30-3:50            Brush Management with Wildlife in Mind

                              Corteva Representative

3:50-4:10            Seed-Spec: A Native Seed Blend Development Tool

                              James Locke, Bamert

4:10-4:30            Other Technical Assistance and cost-share programs for wildlife habitat

                              Sam Harryman, TPWD


4:30 -5:30          Roundtable/Panel Discussion

Moderator: John McLaughlin, TPWD

  • TWA                Justin Dreibelbis

  • TPWD              Calvin Richardson

  • NRCS              Thomas Hunt

  • USFWS            Duane Lucia

  • Landowner      Chris Grotegut

  • PF/QF             TBD

  • TAMFS            Meghan Mahurin

  • PLJV                Mike Carter

5:30-9:00           Social (sponsored by TWA) followed by Chuckwagon Dinner (provided)

Friday, February 2, 2024


Session 4       8:30 - 10:10 a.m.

Moderator:  Courtney Ramsey, TTU

8:30-9:10         Mule Deer/Antler Restrictions/Culling

                          & Pronghorn Population Status in the Panhandle

                          Shawn Gray, TPWD

9:10-9:30            Grassland Restoration and Management on the Matador WMA

                          Chip Ruthven, TPWD

9:30-9:50        What’s new in the waterfowl world                                                   

                           Heather Johnson, TPWD

9:50-10:10       Bobwhites and Blues: Quail Trends in West Texas

                           John McLaughlin, TPWD    


10:10-10:30       Break  (sponsored by Capital Farm Credit)                                                                                              


Session 5       10:30 - 12:00 a.m.

Moderator: Dan Foley, RPQRR

10:30-11:00    Chronic Wasting Disease- preventing the spread

                          Hunter Reed, TPWD

11:00-11:20     Managing rare species on private lands, do they hinder your operations?

                          Todd Montandon, TPWD


11:20-12:00       Roundtable/Panel Discussion: Parting thoughts – Bringing it all Together?

Moderator: Warren Conway, TTU


  • Hunter Reed, TPWD

  • Chip Ruthven, TPWD    

  • Shawn Gray, TPWD

  • Todd Montandon, TPWD

  • Heather Johnson, TPWD

  • John McLaughlin, TPWD

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3121 4th Street | Lubbock, TX

The NRHC is one of the jewels of the Texas Tech University campus. The 19-acre museum strives to preserve and interpret the history of ranching heritage in North America and address contemporary ranching issues. Their goals align well with the mission of the Panhandle Wildlife Conference. We are excited to be able to host this event in such a beautiful and welcoming environment. 


Please follow the links below or call to reserve rooms.

2515 19th St, Lubbock, TX 79410

Phone: 806-765-8900

801 Avenue Q, Lubbock, TX 79401

Phone: 806-736-1200


We hope to see you there!

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