TWC Wildlife Exemption and Wildlife Management Services

Wildlife Exemption Information

Wildlife Exemption (1-d-1) FAQs

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Wildlife Exemption Services Click Here.A wildlife exemption, which is more accurately referred to as a wildlife tax valuation or wildlife appraisal, is a form of 1-d-1 appraisal.  Dollar for dollar, landowners with a wildlife valuation pay the same taxes as they currently enjoy with an agricultural or timber valuation.  Landowners in wildlife appraisal must be actively managing their property for indigenous wildlife species. 

How do I actively manage my wildlife? 
Wildlife exemption requirements are activities-based, not results-based.  Landowners should be performing activities that benefit the target species of their wildlife management plan.  At least three of the following seven wildlife management practices must be in use:  Habitat Control, Erosion Control, Predator Control, Supplemental Water, Supplemental Food, Providing Shelter, and Census Counts.  It is important to commence wildlife management activities before submitting the wildlife management plan.  Each practice must be performed to a required level of intensity as defined in ecological region-specific guidelines.    

Does my land qualify?
With very few exceptions*, properties with a valid agriculture or timber use appraisal are eligible to transition into wildlife appraisal.  *To learn more about how you can move directly into wildlife without having an agriculture or timber valuation, please contact Texas Wildlife Company. 

What types of wildlife can I manage? 
The target species of your management plan should be native wildlife expected to be found on your property.  It can include year-round residents such as deer or dove or it can include migrating species or wintering animals such as waterfowl.  Animals such as mammals, birds, and insects qualify while fish and exotic animals such as axis deer do not.  

What are the advantages of switching to a wildlife exemption?
Advantages of switching to wildlife are numerous.  Many landowners are motivated by cost savings.  You don’t have to pay for hay, vet bills, or purchase livestock under wildlife.  Properties with wildlife exemptions may also have lower overall liability.  Livestock can and do escape and you may be held liable for any damages they cause.  Expensive fence repairs are also optional under wildlife management. 

Many properties with a long history of livestock grazing begin the recovery process immediately once livestock are removed.  Grasses and forbs that were being used for livestock forage become valuable food and cover for wildlife.  The natural recovery and restoration of the land combined with active wildlife management will result in your property becoming more beautiful.  As an added bonus, properties under a wildlife management exemption are more valuable than those under agricultural appraisals (source:  Texas A&M Real Estate Center). 

Who benefits from switching to wildlife?
Many landowners with an active interest in wildlife are better able to achieve their goals under wildlife appraisal.   Others benefitting from the transition include those with an interest in increasing the beauty and value of the property while decreasing cost, liability, and their work load.  In our experience, wildlife exemptions are very well suited to new landowners who purchase their property primarily for recreation.    

Is there a minimum acreage for getting a wildlife exemption?
According to wildlife appraisal law (TAC Title 34, Part 1, Chapter 9, Subchapter G, Rule 9.2005), minimum acreage rules only apply to properties that were reduced in size the year before application.  If your property was not reduced in size during the previous tax year, your land is not subject to a minimum acreage.  However, the target species and management practices selected should be appropriate for your tract's size. 

Is there a chance that my wildlife exemption will be taken away? 
In 1995, voters added Wildlife Management Valuation to the Texas Constitution.  Without voter approval, wildlife appraisal is here to stay.  Thousands of landowners are enjoying the benefits of wildlife management, and the special valuation has the support of a large number of conservation and agriculture organizations.  If you decide that a wildlife exemption is not for you, you always have the option of converting back to a traditional agriculture use appraisal.   

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