Texas hunters know that hunting and agriculture–farms and ranches–are inextricably linked.
It is therefore axiomatic that when landowners face danger to life and limb by simply being on their own land, hunters, too, face those dangers and share in the landowner’s plight.
Such is the case along the Texas-Mexico border.
According to the Texas Department of Agriculture:
• Texas has become critical terrain and operational ground zero in the Mexican drug cartels’ effort to expand into the United States.
• Farmers, ranchers, and other citizens in border communities are caught in the crossfire of escalating cross-border violence.
• Drug cartels exploit porous borders using all the traditional elements of military force, including command and control, logistics, intelligence, information operations and the application of increasingly deadly firepower.
• Cartel profits from drug and human smuggling are estimated as high as $39 billion a year.
The front line in the battle for the border is manned less by law enforcement than by landowners and other private citizens with holdings or interests in deep South Texas.
Concerned by this state of affairs, Texas Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples created the “Texas Traffic” initiative, a video series that tells the stories of people living on the Texas-Mexico border from their own perspective.
Texas Fish & Game sought and secured permission to host the “Texas Traffic” series on this website. We think it provides information crucial to the safety of Texas hunters and anglers who ply their craft in border areas.
The first installment of the series, “Life on an Unsecured Border – Introduction” gives an overview of what the series is about.
Each week, we will provide the next installment of “Texas Traffic: Life on an Unsecured Border.” Keep an eye on the TF&G Report, the TF&G Daily Newsletter, the TF&G Outdoors Videos page and the fishgame.com homepage for notifications of these updates.
Information is power, and in these uncertain times, the people of Texas need all the power we can get. –Don Zaidle, Editor-in-Chief, Texas Fish & Game