In memory of Tony Houseman’s love of wildlife, invited guests feasted on a menu of wild game, Saturday, at “The Homeplace” (home of Gisela Houseman). The Wild Game Dinner, hosted by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Game Wardens, was prepared by wardens from Wharton, Jackson, Newton, and Shelby Counties. They started cooking around 7:30 a.m. Saturday and completed the meal around 6 p.m. They said cooking the game is part of their job and is one of the reasons they love their work. 

The menu consisted of Nilgiri (Asian Antelope) one of wardens killed on King Ranch, squirrel dumplings, Axis Deer Meatloaf, Havelina, and Feral Hog – shoulder and ribs. They also cooked a huge pot of pinto beans. 

All the sides and dessert were provided by Old Orange Cafe and David Claybar.
The dinner was purchased by Tony and Gisela Houseman at the Bandana Ball 2007 – Live Auction.

The ball is the annual fundraiser for Texas Parks and Wildlife’s Operation Game Thief.

OGT is Texas’ Wildlife Crime Stoppers Program. They raise money to support Texas Game Wardens in their efforts to stop all types of illegal hunting & fishing activity-poaching. Their efforts focus on promoting public awareness, operation of a toll-free reward hotline for report violations, payment of rewards and the offering of financial support to the family of any of their officers killed in the line of duty. 

Tony was on the Board of OGT for several years and was an avid supporter of TPW.