The wildlife program on the Freeman Center serves two functions:
- As a laboratory for flora, fauna, and habitat research for classes and individual projects
- An income producing enterprise to support ranch operating expenses
The harvest of renewable resources (white-tailed deer and Rio Grande turkey) has evolved from guest to day hunts to the present management license. Our hunting operations function under Texas Managed Lands Deer Permit program. Hunting and hunter management are used to improve herd quality and control population densities. Approximately 90 percent of the Freeman Center enclosed with eight-foot-high fence allowing for the utilization of different conservation management methods. Turkey harvest is usually limited to the spring season. All other game and non-game species receive preservation management including the unique melonistic form of White-tailed deer. Other non-game mammals resident of the center include gray fox, coyote, bobcat, raccoon, ringtail, skunks, undetermined species of bats and rodents, and occasional visits by mountain lion!
Avian species ranging from humming birds, bobwhites, and various doves await the avid bird watcher. Other departments such as Geology, Geography, and Physics enjoy the use of the Freeman Center.