In 1995, Texas voters approved Proposition 11, which allowed for the agricultural appraisal for land used to manage wildlife. This allowed Texas landowners the option of converting their current agricultural exemption to a wildlife exemption if certain conditions were met.
Land must be qualified for Agricultural use at the time the owner changes use to wildlife management use. This qualification is purely technical and is not related to the land's actual use to manage wildlife. In other words, the land must have been qualified and appraised as agricultural land during the year before the year the owner changes to the wildlife management use.
Land must be used to generate a sustaining breeding, migrating, or wintering population of indigenous wild animals.
Land may qualify for wildlife management use if;
- It is instrumental in supporting a sustaining breeding, migrating or wintering population. A group of animals need not permanently live on the land, provided they regularly migrate across the land or seasonally live there.
- A migrating population of indigenous wild animals is a group of animals moving between seasonal ranges.
- A wintering population of indigenous wild animals is a group of animals living on its winter range.
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Wildlife Management Planning Guidelines and Forms
The Comprehensive Wildlife Management Planning Guidelines for each ecoregion are provided below and are intended to assist landowners in preparing a wildlife management plan for ad valorem tax purposes.