About Spring Creek Outdoors, LLC
Macy Ledbetter - Wildlife Biologist & President
As a wildlife biologist, avid outdoorsman, naturalist, and fifth generation landowner, Macy completely understands land and wildlife management and pride of ownership. He practices what he preaches and can relate to the challenges of modern-day management challenges.
After earning a Wildlife Ecology degree from Texas A&M University in 1992, Macy worked for Texas Parks and Wildlife Department in South Texas for ten years. Demand from landowners in other regions of Texas led Macy to start his own private consulting business.
Private landowner rights and sound wildlife management practices are very important issues to Macy, compelling him to become involved in the legislative process. When the Texas Legislature is in session, Macy can be found at the capitol testifying before legislative committees, visiting individual lawmakers, and serving as an information resource. He has also traveled to Washington, D.C. to lend support to these issues on the federal level. Macy is a co-author of 21st Century Landowner Guide: Texas Model, a guide for private property rights and responsibilities, and sound wildlife management practices tailored specifically for Texas.
Macy is a graduate of the King Ranch Advanced Ranch Management program and is the recipient of several industry awards, including the Hunter Heritage Foundation Wildlife Industry Leadership & Development Award as Private Property Protector of the Year, as well as Texas Deer Association’s two time President’s Appreciation Awards. When chronic wasting disease (CWD) was first discovered in Texas, Macy assembled the team of disease experts that led to the nation’s first ever live deer testing protocols. Macy serves on the advisory board for Combat Marine Outdoors, an organization that provides hunting opportunities for wounded military heroes.
Macy lives on his Family Lands Heritage recognized ancestral family ranch in northern San Saba County with his wife Cathy and a wide array of pets. His daughter, Shelby, combines her professional background in the tech industry with her upbringing in wildlife and agriculture in her work in the Texas Hill Country and son, Wade, is also a professional wildlife biologist with Spring Creek Outdoors. When Macy is not in a helicopter counting or catching deer, taking photographs of wildlife or writing articles about herd and habitat management; he can be found buying or selling ranches for his clients or working on his heritage family ranch in San Saba County.
Cathy Ledbetter - Vice President, GIS Analyst
Cathy manages the business of Spring Creek Outdoors, LLC and does custom mapping and geospatial analysis on our client properties and others. Cathy works in the office so she is usually available to answer the office telephone and either assist you or relay your information to our team of biologists.
Cathy is a graduate of The University of Tennessee and Texas Tech University. Her professional life has included a number of job titles including professor, librarian, computer and network specialist, graphic designer and web developer, author, teacher, photographer, and caterer. She has concluded that not everyone should decide what they want to be when they grow up.
Cathy’s favorite job titles have been mother, wife, pet lover, and traveler–and now grandmother. She has two grown children, a daughter and a son. She loves living on the ranch with her family and the various pets, domestic and wild.
Matt Nuernberg - Wildlife Biologist
Matt is a professional wildlife biologist who became interested in wildlife and habitat management at a young age and started working on helicopter captures, surveys, and with captive white tail deer while in still in high school.
While Matt was a student at Texas A&M-Kingsville and after graduating in 2013 with a B.S. in Range and Wildlife Management he worked in the wildlife industry. His range of experiences include working as an assistant biologist and hunting guide on a King Ranch corporate hunting lease, and serving as manager, biologist, and guide on two large South Texas ranches and a North Texas exotic game operation. Matt and his wife have one daughter and live in Llano.
Wade Ledbetter - Wildlife Biologist
Wade grew up both in the thorn scrub of South Texas and in the rolling sandy hills of San Saba County in the hill country on the family ranch. Catching and maintaining a wide array of wild critters as “pets” during his formative years gave him a deep appreciation and respect for wild spaces, wild things, and private land stewardship. Being homeschooled most of his young life, Wade spent years within his family’s business working directly with landowners, conducting helicopter game surveys and assisting with various wildlife capture projects throughout Texas. As a sixth generation landowner, he firmly grasps the responsibilities of landownership and intensive wildlife management.
Wade received his Wildlife Ecology degree from Texas A&M University in 2020 and works full time in the family business. While in college, Wade participated all four years in the Corps of Cadets and won seven national shooting championships including senior military college 3-gun competitions and collegiate pistol competitions. When he is not catching or counting wildlife, Wade conducts private, for-hire, intensive shooting instruction classes for private individuals, law enforcement, and shooting industry representatives.