The McBride Conservation Foundation

The McBride Conservation Foundation is a 501C(3) tax exempt charitable organization founded by the Austin Woods & Waters Club in 1984. Its mission is to support outdoor related activities for youth and to promote the conservation of our hunting and fishing resources.

The Foundation was established primarily to raise tax-deductible contributions to give something back to the outdoors community and to help "pass on the heritage" of the outdoors to upcoming generations.The Foundation was named to honor the McBride family, who, through McBride's Guns, has made many significant contributions to hunting, fishing, conservation, and countless other outdoor activities for many years. Club members contribute to the Foundation throughout the year. Proceeds from the permanent Fund benefit hunting, fishing and conservation organizations - many youth related. Past recipients include the Texas Youth Hunting Program, Camp Grey Dove, Bobwhite Brigade, KidFish, Green Wind Club, Operations Orphans, Boy Scouts, Texas Parks & Wildlife and others. View all previous grant recipients HERE. The McBride Foundation now has nearly $300,000 in its permanent fund.

The Austin Woods and Waters Club is committed to the growth of this fund to help preserve for future generations the outdoor activities that we all cherish.

2022 McBride Conservation Fund Foundation Application 

Deadline September 15, 2022.

The Annual McBride Banquet

The annual McBride Foundation Banquet held in the fall of each year, is the primary fundraiser for the Foundation. A large variety of prizes are offered including hunting and fishing expeditions, taxidermy gift certificates, outdoor gear, electronic gadgets used in the outdoors, gizmos and toys for big boys and girls as well as gear for the younger generation. Hundreds of donated items from area merchants are auctioned, raffled, or distributed as door prizes following a sit-down dinner. Over 400 people from the greater Austin area typically attend this annual event.

The 2021 Banquet took place October 13, 2021 to a sold out crowd.

2021 Banquet

Honorary Chair: Jennifer Goodrum


Lead Sponsor

McBride Foundation

2021 Grant Recipients

Soldiers' Kids Involved in Fishing Fun (SKIFF)
BGCTX - Prairie Haynes Ranch
Coastal Conservation Assoc. of Texas
Down Home Ranch, Inc.
Austin Explore, Inc. dba Explore Austin
Guadalupe River Chapter of Trout Unlimited
Hays 4H Shooting Sports Club
Kids Outdoor Zone
Operation Game Thief
Operation Orphans, Inc.
Outdoors Tomorrow Foundation
TC Badges Bucks and Bass
Texas Brigades
Texas Trap & Skeet Alumni Foundation
Texas Wildlife Assoc. Foundation
Trinity Oaks
Williamson County 4H Shooting Sports
Bamberger Ranch Preserve


2021 Banquet Sponsors

Heritage Sponsor

Conservation Sponsors

Preservation Sponsors

Silent Auction | Raffle | Container Game Donors

*Many donors chose to remain anonymous or did not include a name on their donor form. Please know how grateful we are for your support.

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Austin Woods and Waters
P.O. Box 91028
Austin, Texas 78709

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