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.