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TPWD News Digest for the Week of September 26-October 3, 2013
(Upcoming events are located under “Briefs”)
All TPWD news releases available online:
www.tpwd.state.tx.us/newsmedia/releases/, on our Facebook page http://on.fb.me/14mXM2T, or our twitter sites @tpwdnews, @tpwdhunt or @tpwdparks
Oct. 3, 2013
• Lone Star State History Comes to Life at Texas State Parks
AUSTIN – As autumn arrives and leaves begin to turn, the colorful and unique story of Texas – from its prehistoric times through, Spanish colonialism, the republic’s fight for independence from Mexico, post-Civil War era and into the 20th century – unfolds through guided tours and special events at more than 50 historic sites within the state parks system. And, there’s no better time to experience that history than October.
• Texas Game Wardens organize first-ever K9 Unit [News Images]
AUSTIN — For the first time in their history, Texas Game Wardens have a full-time, statewide canine team.
Oct. 2, 2013
• Bluegill Tournament Announces Winners [News Images]
ATHENS—A record 59 teams entered the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center’s annual Bluegill Family Fishing Tournament September 28, and 26 teams went away with prizes. Every team received a goodie bag.
Oct. 1, 2013
• Coalition Extends Drought Photo Campaign, Asks Texans to Document Conservation, Positive Drought Response — Deadline to Submit Photos Extended to Oct. 31; Best Photos to be Displayed at Texas Capitol [News Images]
AUSTIN — A the coalition of three state agencies has extended through October their “What does your Texas drought look like?” statewide photo project, which has already has received hundreds of compelling photographs documenting the devastation caused by the ongoing drought. And the coalition is now asking Texans to share photos showing the other side of the drought, by documenting innovative water conservation methods and positive drought responses.
• Halloween at the Hatchery Preparations Under Way
ATHENS—Halloween at the Hatchery takes place at the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center (TFFC) October 24, and local businesses and organizations are invited to take part.
• Game Warden Field Notes
The following items are compiled from recent Texas Parks and Wildlife Department law enforcement reports.
Sept. 30, 2013
• Texas Buffalo Soldier to be Honored Posthumously — Historical Marker for Felix Lindsey to be Unveiled Oct. 5 in Wichita Falls [News Images]
• Toyota Texas Bass Classic Offers Free Activities for Fans and Families — BBQ cook-off, kids’ zone and off-road test tracks highlight weekend
Sept. 27, 2013
• Prairie Planting Happening at San Jacinto Battleground
Sept. 26, 2013
• Zebra mussels found in Lake Belton and suspected in Lakes Worth and Joe Pool —Boaters urged to clean, drain and dry boats
• Outlook Favorable for Texas Deer Season
Video News Reports:
K-9 Wardens – Sniffing Out Crime!
A fresh Video News Report and press release is now available on our site called “K-9 Wardens.” They’re not your typical state game wardens, but these new recruits will add a new element to the force that will help sniff out crime. Texas Parks and Wildlife has this report.
See the YouTube video at http://youtu.be/FOgYS_Pi_7c
For a high resolution download on our site, click on the link
http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/files/video/
Look for “October VNR_K-9 Wardens.” There is a split track version and a mixed audio version with CG, both in HD.
Texas Archeology Month – Bringing History to Life!
A Video News Report is now available on our site called “Texas Archeology Month.” October marks the second half of Hispanic Heritage Month as well as Texas Archeology Month. A wealth of unique cultural treasures stretch all across the state from the famous battlefields of San Jacinto to the farthest reaches of the Big Bend Country. Fort Leaton is an 1800s-era trading post in the “Junta de los Rios” area of the U.S.-Mexico border. Texas Parks and Wildlife invites visitors to travel back in time to this state historic site.
See the YouTube video at http://youtu.be/hGAv6mNeaQI
For a high resolution download on our site, click on the link
http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/files/video/
Look for “October VNR_Texas Archeology Month.” There is a split track version and a mixed audio version with CG, both in HD.
News Briefs and Upcoming Events:
Big Bend Ranch State Park Offering Pictograph Site Hike
In celebration of Archeology Month, Big Bend Ranch State Park just outside Presidio is hosting a trail hike to one of the best rock art panels in the Big Bend Region on Saturday, Oct. 12. The guided hike leaves from the state park headquarters, Sauceda Ranger Station, at 10 a.m. The hike will cover approximately five miles round trip through a narrow canyon and a shaded cottonwood bottomland. Participants are advised to bring three to five liters of water and a sturdy hiking stick, and wear appropriate footwear and clothing. The event is free, but persons 13 and older, must pay a $3 park entry fee. To learn more or to reserve a spot, call (432) 358-4444 or e-mail Tim Gibbs: tim.gibbs@tpwd.texas.gov.
Big Time Texas Hunts Entries on Sale
Eight premium Big Time Texas Hunts drawings are now up for grabs through the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. The most exclusive offering is the Texas Grand Slam; one lucky winner receives four guided hunts for Texas’ most prized big game animals – white-tailed deer, mule deer, pronghorn and desert bighorn sheep. New this year is the Wild Hog Adventure, the chance for a long weekend hunt for wild boar in East Texas. Other hunt packages include trips to hunt whitetail deer, game birds, alligators and exotic big game animals. Entries may be purchased online at tpwd.texas.gov/buyentry for the discounted price of $9. Entries are also available for $10 each at stores that sell Texas hunting and fishing licenses or by calling (800) 895-4248. Deadline for entry is Oct. 15 and winners will be announced by early November. Proceeds from Big Time Texas Hunts support wildlife conservation, habitat management, and public hunting.
Calendar:
For events in your area, visit our calendar section at http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/calendar/


TPWD News Digest for the Week of September 19-26, 2013
(Upcoming events are located under “Briefs”)
All TPWD news releases available online:
www.tpwd.state.tx.us/newsmedia/releases/, on our Facebook page http://on.fb.me/14mXM2T, or our twitter sites @tpwdnews, @tpwdhunt or @tpwdparks
Sept. 26, 2013
• Zebra mussels found in Lake Belton and suspected in Lakes Worth and Joe Pool — Boaters urged to clean, drain and dry boats
ATHENS— Zebra mussels, a destructive invasive species that originated in Eurasia, have been found in Lake Belton in Central Texas.
• Outlook Favorable for Texas Deer Season
AUSTIN — While not clear of the drought, things are looking up in many parts of the state this year and the outlook for deer and deer hunting is much brighter.
Sept. 25, 2013
• Big Time Texas Hunts Entry Deadline is Oct. 15
AUSTIN —Texas Parks and Wildlife Department reminds hunters the deadline to enter this year’s Big Time Texas Hunts is Oct. 15.
Sept. 24, 2013
• Five States Submit 4th Draft of Lesser Prairie-Chicken Conservation Plan as Alternative to Federal Endangered Species Act Listing — Bird Populations Impacted By Drought Should Respond To Coordinated Approach
Phoenix, AZ – The 4th draft of a comprehensive conservation plan for the lesser prairie-chicken has been submitted to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for endorsement, a plan offered by the Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (WAFWA) and state wildlife agencies in Colorado, New Mexico, Texas, Kansas and Oklahoma. This latest version comes after extensive review and comment by stakeholders across the bird’s five-state range. Once the USFWS endorses the plan, the states can begin implementing it, in hope of precluding the need to list the species under the federal Endangered Species Act.
• Experimental Pronghorn Season Set to Open Saturday
AUSTIN — A new experimental hunting season in parts of the Texas Panhandle Sept. 28-Oct. 6 will allow landowners to control harvest of buck pronghorn on their properties. The experimental season will be in herd units 8, 17, and 25, which include portions of Dallam, Hartley, Sherman, Moore, Roberts, and Gray counties.
Sept. 20, 2013
• Mothers Against Drunk Drivers Applauds Texas Game Wardens for BWI Enforcement
Sept. 19, 2013
• Follow the Action on Twitter from the Texas Toyota Bass Classic Oct. 4-6
• Ray Roberts Lake State Park to Host 2nd Annual GreenFest on the Greenbelt
• Streamlined Texas Hunter Education Process Takes Effect
Video News Reports:
Big Time Texas Hunts – A Hunter’s Dream Come True!
A fresh Video News Report is now available on our site called “Big Time Texas Hunts.” The hunting season is almost here and there’s a way hunters can win the chance of a lifetime all while helping wildlife conservation and public hunting programs. Texas Parks and Wildlife has the story of one lucky winner from San Antonio.
See the YouTube video at http://youtu.be/TDl7LM7fyq0
For a high resolution download on our site, click on the link
http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/files/video/
Look for “August VNR_Big Time Texas Hunts.” There is a split track version and a mixed audio version with CG, both in HD.
NOTE: There is a link to more info below.
http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/huntwild/hunt/public/btth/
News Briefs and Upcoming Events:
Third Annual Bison Festival Hosts Six Bands to Fundraise for Buffalo Restoration Project
Caprock Canyons State Park will be hosting the Third Annual Bison Festival on Sept. 28 to raise money to support the official bison herd of the state of Texas. The festival will include the Buffalo Stampede 5K/1K color run, an arts and crafts show, and will wrap up with a six-band music festival including Texas’ own nine-time Grammy Award-winning Western-swing band Asleep at the Wheel. Tickets can be purchased in advance for $20 at the park, online through TicketRiver, or at the gate the day of the event for $25.
Big Time Texas Hunts Entries on Sale
Eight premium Big Time Texas Hunts drawings are now up for grabs through the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. The most exclusive offering is the Texas Grand Slam; one lucky winner receives four guided hunts for Texas’ most prized big game animals – white-tailed deer, mule deer, pronghorn and desert bighorn sheep. New this year is the Wild Hog Adventure, the chance for a long weekend hunt for wild boar in East Texas. Other hunt packages include trips to hunt whitetail deer, game birds, alligators and exotic big game animals. Entries may be purchased online at tpwd.texas.gov/buyentry for the discounted price of $9. Entries are also available for $10 each at stores that sell Texas hunting and fishing licenses or by calling (800) 895-4248. Deadline for entry is Oct. 15 and winners will be announced by early November. Proceeds from Big Time Texas Hunts support wildlife conservation, habitat management, and public hunting.
Calendar:
For events in your area, visit our calendar section at http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/calendar/


TPWD News Digest for the Week of September 5- 12, 2013
(Upcoming events are located under “Briefs”)
All TPWD news releases available online:
www.tpwd.state.tx.us/newsmedia/releases/, on our Facebook page http://on.fb.me/14mXM2T, or our twitter sites @tpwdnews, @tpwdhunt or @tpwdparks
Sept. 11, 2013
• Texas Early Teal Hunting Season Opens Saturday
AUSTIN – Texas duck hunters are bracing for another warm and dry early teal season opener. The teal are doing likewise.
• New Rules in the Works to Fight Zebra Mussels
AUSTIN – In the state’s ongoing effort to combat the spread of invasive zebra mussels, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission approved for public comment new proposed rules requiring that all boats operating on public water in 17 Northeast Texas counties be drained after use.
• Department of Homeland Security Robotic Fish Put to Test with Battleship TEXAS
LAPORTE – The Battleship TEXAS, the goodwill ambassador and museum ship that resides at the San Jacinto State Historic site, is back in the business of serving the nation this week — this time in a new role. The century-old battleship, a formidable warrior that saw the nation through two World Wars, is serving as a testing platform for a six-foot-long robotic fish designed to detect contraband hidden on a ship’s hull.
Sept. 9, 2013
• Shreveport Man Sentenced for Illegally Transporting Deer in East Texas
TYLER– A 57-year-old Shreveport, LA, man has been sentenced to pay more than $14,000 in restitution and serve 48 hours of community service as conditions of a two year probated sentence for federal wildlife violations in the Eastern District of Texas, announced U.S. Attorney John M. Bales today.
• Eisenhower State Park Hosts Free Fly Fishing Course This Saturday
DENISON–Many people fish the waters of Lake Texoma, but few fish it with a fly rod in hand. To learn the basics of fly fishing, Eisenhower State Park is partnering with the Red River Fly Fishers to present a Learn to Fly Fish Course this Saturday, Sept. 14.
• Nominations Sought for Texas Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame — Deadline for submission of nominations is December 31
ATHENS, Texas — Individuals or organizations that have made a lasting contribution to freshwater fishing in Texas may be nominated through December 31 for induction into the Texas Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame.
• Toyota ShareLunker Season 28 Begins October 1
ATHENS—The 28th season of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) Toyota ShareLunker program will begin October 1.
Sept. 5, 2013
• Third Annual Bison Festival Hosts Six Bands to Fundraise for Buffalo Restoration Project
QUITAQUE— Caprock Canyons State Park invites the public to celebrate and support the official bison herd of Texas and its 1000-acre habitat at the Third Annual Bison Festival fundraiser on Sept. 28.
• Awards Profile People Behind Fish and Wildlife Conservation, State Parks
AUSTIN—Battling the devastating Bastrop wildfire and bringing back the Lost Pines forest, telling the Guadalupe River story to elementary schoolers, researching a new way to control the feral hog menace, and broadcasting the wildlife and parks message to millions of Texans on the radio—this year’s Texas Parks and Wildlife employee awards reveal the people behind these stories and others like them across the state.
Video News Reports:
Breaking Aspergers Through Geocaching – Join the State Park Geocache Challenge!
A fresh Video News Report is now available on our site called “Breaking Aspergers Through Geocaching.” It can be a debilitating health disorder for many people. Asperger syndrome, part of the autism spectrum, primarily affects one’s social life, but one woman discovered a way to break through her disorder through Geocaching, a sort of treasure hunt in the outdoors using just a smart phone or GPS device. Texas Parks and Wildlife is offering Geocache 101 workshops in state parks across Texas.
See the YouTube video at http://youtu.be/NwkBe1upSCM
For a high resolution download on our site, click on the link
http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/files/video/
Look for “September VNR_Breaking Aspergers Through Geocaching.” There is a split track version and a mixed audio version with CG, both in HD.
OAM Geocaching Page
Dove Forecast 2013 – More wings a whistling this season!
A fresh Video News Report is now available on our site called “Dove Forecast 2013.” September marks the opening of dove season and many hunters will step into sunflower fields waiting for that familiar whistle of wings. But just how will this year’s hunting forecast shape up? Texas Parks and Wildlife tells us what hunters can expect in the field and how they can help in a nationwide study on doves.
See the YouTube video at http://youtu.be/xM1J7WXk27U
For a high resolution download on our site, click on the link http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/files/video/
Look for “August VNR_Dove Forecast 2013.” There is a split track version and a mixed audio version with CG, both in HD.
Big Time Texas Hunts – A Hunter’s Dream Come True!
A fresh Video News Report is now available on our site called “Big Time Texas Hunts.” The hunting season is almost here and there’s a way hunters can win the chance of a lifetime all while helping wildlife conservation and public hunting programs. Texas Parks and Wildlife has the story of one lucky winner from San Antonio.
See the YouTube video at http://youtu.be/TDl7LM7fyq0
For a high resolution download on our site, click on the link
http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/files/video/
Look for “August VNR_Big Time Texas Hunts.” There is a split track version and a mixed audio version with CG, both in HD.
NOTE: There is a link to more info below.
http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/huntwild/hunt/public/btth/
News Briefs and Upcoming Events:
Third Annual Bison Festival Hosts Six Bands to Fundraise for Buffalo Restoration Project
Caprock Canyons State Park will be hosting the Third Annual Bison Festival on Sept. 28 to raise money to support the official bison herd of the state of Texas. The festival will include the Buffalo Stampede 5K/1K color run, an arts and crafts show, and will wrap up with a six-band music festival including Texas’ own nine-time Grammy Award-winning Western-swing band Asleep at the Wheel. Tickets can be purchased in advance for $20 at the park, online through TicketRiver, or at the gate the day of the event for $25.
Big Time Texas Hunts Entries on Sale
Eight premium Big Time Texas Hunts drawings are now up for grabs through the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. The most exclusive offering is the Texas Grand Slam; one lucky winner receives four guided hunts for Texas’ most prized big game animals – white-tailed deer, mule deer, pronghorn and desert bighorn sheep. New this year is the Wild Hog Adventure, the chance for a long weekend hunt for wild boar in East Texas. Other hunt packages include trips to hunt whitetail deer, game birds, alligators and exotic big game animals. Entries may be purchased online at tpwd.texas.gov/buyentry for the discounted price of $9. Entries are also available for $10 each at stores that sell Texas hunting and fishing licenses or by calling (800) 895-4248. Deadline for entry is Oct. 15 and winners will be announced by early November. Proceeds from Big Time Texas Hunts support wildlife conservation, habitat management, and public hunting.
Extra, Extra! The TPWD News Team Have Launched a Facebook Page!
The Texas Parks and Wildlife News and Information team have launched a new social media page to provide the cybersphere with the latest TPWD news. The news press releases, along with other shared posts from TPWD pages, will be posted with a short teaser and link to the release page. To visit the TPWD news Facebook, go to http://on.fb.me/16ZyJgK.
Calendar:
For events in your area, visit our calendar section at http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/calendar/


Wildman's Weekly Outdoor Report September 9, 2013 Edition

It's called Duck Duck Hunt, and it's coming up in a couple of weeks. Listen for more information.

Steve "Wildman" Wilson's Outdoor Report for this week is now available. Click here to go to the Podcast page, then scroll down and click on the latest Outdoor Report to download the file.

The audio file can be downloaded by "right-clicking" on the link below and clicking "Save Target As" to save to your computer.

http://www.agfc.com/resources/PodcastAudio/outdoor_report.mp3
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Wildman's Weekly Outdoor Report September 3, 2013 Edition

Deer season has already started in some states. Listen to find out what parts of that deer you can bring back into Arkansas.

Steve "Wildman" Wilson's Outdoor Report for this week is now available. Click here to go to the Podcast page, then scroll down and click on the latest Outdoor Report to download the file.

The audio file can be downloaded by "right-clicking" on the link below and clicking "Save Target As" to save to your computer.

http://www.agfc.com/resources/PodcastAudio/outdoor_report.mp3

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Wildman's Weekly Outdoor Report August 26, 2013 Edition

This weekend is kick-off for hunting season here in Arkansas. Hunters will kick off their season on Sunday morning, Sept. 1, with dove season.

Steve "Wildman" Wilson's Outdoor Report for this week is now available. Click here to go to the Podcast page, then scroll down and click on the latest Outdoor Report to download the file.

The audio file can be downloaded by "right-clicking" on the link below and clicking "Save Target As" to save to your computer.

http://www.agfc.com/resources/PodcastAudio/outdoor_report.mp3

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TPWD News Digest for the Week of August 15-23, 2013
(Upcoming events are located under “Briefs”)
All TPWD news releases available online:www.tpwd.state.tx.us/newsmedia/releases/ or on our twitter site @tpwdnews, @tpwdhunt or @tpwdparks
Aug. 22, 2013
• Eleven-year-old Is State’s Youngest Elite Angler [News Images]
ATHENS — Keatyn Eitelman of Pottsboro became Texas’ 25th Elite Freshwater Angler—and the state’s youngest—on August 2, 2013, less than two weeks before his eleventh birthday. He finished this task when he caught a 21.25-inch, 5.5-pound largemouth bass from Lake Texoma on July 23 and submitted it for a Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Big Fish Award.
• Texas Parks and Wildlife 2014 Budget Reflects Legislative Support — Increased Funding Will Keep Parks Open, Fund Wildlife and Fisheries Work
AUSTIN – Funding to keep Texas State Parks open and provide grants for city and county parks, millions to aid the declining bobwhite quail and its grassland habitat, fisheries funding that benefits water resources, and dollars for conservation law enforcement are among the highlights of the 2014 budget approved today by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission.
• Texas Fisheries Biologists Work to Make Fishing Better
ATHENS—Texans normally associate fall with the start of hunting season, but it is also a busy time for fisheries biologists.
• Mother Neff State Park Redevelopment Kicks Off This Saturday
MOODY – Mother Neff State Park, the first official Texas state park, will undergo an extreme makeover in coming months that will include a new headquarters, new campground and other amenities.
• Game Warden Eddie Lehr Named Texas Midwest Officer of the Year [News Images]
AUSTIN— State game warden Eddie Lehr has been recognized as the Texas Officer of the Year by the Association of Midwest Fish and Game Law Enforcement Officers.
• Game Warden Kevin Glass Named 2013 Texas Marine Officer of the Year [News Images]
AUSTIN— State game warden Kevin Glass has been named the 2013 Texas Marine Officer of the Year by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s Law Enforcement Division.
Aug. 21, 2013
• Davis Mountains State Park to close for major renovations
FORT DAVIS – Starting Sept. 3, Davis Mountains State Park will be temporarily closed while Texas Parks and Wildlife staff undertakes a major upgrade of the park’s utility system. The closure will last through March 1, 2014.
Aug. 15, 2013
• Take Me Outdoors Houston Set For Sept. 14 At Discovery Green — Houston’s 5th annual Free, Family-Oriented Festival of the Outdoors [News Images]
HOUSTON — At a time when people in big cities are becoming increasingly disconnected from the world of nature and the outdoors, Take Me Outdoors Houston on Sept. 14 at Discovery Green offers a free, family-oriented festival to help urbanites in Texas’ largest city get back to nature.
News Briefs and Upcoming Events:
Big Time Texas Hunts Entries on Sale
Eight premium Big Time Texas Hunts drawings are now up for grabs through the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. The most exclusive offering is the Texas Grand Slam; one lucky winner receives four guided hunts for Texas’ most prized big game animals – white-tailed deer, mule deer, pronghorn and desert bighorn sheep. New this year is the Wild Hog Adventure, the chance for a long weekend hunt for wild boar in East Texas. Other hunt packages include trips to hunt whitetail deer, game birds, alligators and exotic big game animals. Entries may be purchased online at tpwd.texas.gov/buyentry for the discounted price of $9. Entries are also available for $10 each at stores that sell Texas hunting and fishing licenses or by calling (800) 895-4248. Deadline for entry is Oct. 15 and winners will be announced by early November. Proceeds from Big Time Texas Hunts support wildlife conservation, habitat management, and public hunting.







Wildman's Weekly Outdoor Report August 12, 2013 Edition


If you missed the deer hunting seminars this week, we still have a couple more planned. Listen for more information.

Steve "Wildman" Wilson's Outdoor Report for this week is now available. Click here to go to the Podcast page, then scroll down and click on the latest Outdoor Report to download the file.

The audio file can be downloaded by "right-clicking" on the link below and clicking "Save Target As" to save to your computer.

http://www.agfc.com/resources/PodcastAudio/outdoor_report.mp3

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TPWD News Digest for the Week of August 2, 2013
(Upcoming events are located under “Briefs”)
All TPWD news releases available online:
www.tpwd.state.tx.us/newsmedia/releases/ or on our twitter site @tpwdnews, @tpwdhunt or @tpwdparks
Aug. 6, 2013
• State Agencies Asking Texans to Share How Drought Has Affected Their Lives
AUSTIN — What does your Texas drought look like? With more than 97 percent of Texas suffering from drought conditions, that’s what the Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA), Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) and Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) want to know. This coalition of state agencies today launched an interactive public awareness campaign inviting Texans to submit personal photos capturing what the drought looks like for them and how it has impacted their lives.
• 28 New State Game Wardens Heading to the Field [News Images]
AUSTIN – Twenty-eight new state game wardens soon will be spreading across Texas to begin their law enforcement duties after completing seven months of intensive training at the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Game Warden Training Center in Hamilton County.
Aug. 5, 2013
• Waterfowl Hunting, Wetland Projects at Texas Coastal Wildlife Management Areas — Informational Public Meeting Set for Aug. 14
PORT ARTHUR — Texas Parks and Wildlife Department invites the public to attend an informational meeting regarding the upcoming migratory game bird hunting season and ongoing wetland restoration efforts on Wildlife Management Areas along the Upper Coast of Texas.
News Briefs and Upcoming Events:
New Texas Hunting, Fishing Licenses on sale Aug. 15
Current year Texas hunting and fishing licenses (except year-to-date fishing licenses) expire Aug. 31, and new licenses for 2013-2014 will go on sale beginning Thursday, Aug. 15.
The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department issues about 2.1 million hunting and fishing licenses annually through the agency’s 28 field offices, more than 58 state parks and at over 1,600 retailers across Texas. Licenses may also be purchased online through the TPWD Web site at www.tpwd.state.tx.us/buy or by phone (800-895-4248) with a $5 convenience fee required for each transaction, Call center hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday — Friday. The online transaction system is available 24/7. A transaction receipt may be printed at the time of purchase for online and a confirmation number is provided for phone orders, and the physical license is mailed separately. Confirmation numbers will verify that a license has been purchased, which is sufficient for dove hunting, but will not allow hunters to take fish or wildlife that require a tag.
Calendar:
For events in your area, visit our calendar section at http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/calendar/


August Outdoor Activity of the Month: Swimming
• Benefits of Swimming
• Where to Swim in Texas State Parks
• Swim Smart
• Swimming Safety Resources
• What to Bring
• More Outdoor Fun for Kids

How can you escape the dog days of summer? Why not join thousands of Texans who take their families swimming in a Texas State Park?

Benefits of Swimming
• Swimming is good for your children’s health. It can assist in preventing obesity and juvenile diabetes in children.
• Swimming is good for your health. Check out this link to 10 Health Benefits of Swimming.
• Studies show that kids who play and learn outside are “healthier, happier, smarter.”
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Where to Swim in Texas State Parks
• Lake/River/Creek Swimming (in 51 Texas State Parks)
• Ocean Swimming (in 4 Texas State Parks)
• Swimming Pools (in 8 Texas State Parks)
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Share these state park swimming locations on your Facebook page and Twitter!

Swim Smart
Open bodies of water (lakes, rivers, oceans, bays, ponds,) are vastly different from neighborhood swimming pools and therefore warrant extra precautions. The key differences are:
• there are No Lifeguards—so you swim at your own risk
• water conditions can change rapidly, as can weather conditions (high winds, lightening)
• underwater currents sometimes exist, as well as sudden drop offs, changing bottoms and potential for unseen limbs, rocks, etc.
If you are not a strong swimmer or are becoming fatigued, wear a Coast-Guard approved life jacket (children are strongly encouraged to always wear a life jacket while swimming in lakes and rivers).
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Swimming Safety Resources
• Water Safety- before swimming in a Texas State Park, please visit our water safety page.
• Swimming video. Watch “Fun Ways to Cool off this Summer”
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What to Bring
• Swimsuit, towel, water shoes
• Sunscreen, hat, sunglasses
• U.S. Coast Guard Approved life jackets
• Water and snacks
And remember, KIDS PLAY FREE in Texas State Parks! Children 12 and under get free admission to Texas State Parks.
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More Outdoor Fun for Kids
• Arts in the Parks Program
• "Get to Know" Texas State Parks Youth Arts Contest
• Junior Ranger Explorer Packs
• Texas Geocache Challenge
• Outdoor Kids Journal
• Neighborhood Fishin’ Program
• Animal Trackers
• Ranger Talks - or see individual park information at www.texasstateparks.org
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What Experts Say about the Benefits of Nature Play
Pack out what you pack in: Leave No Trace!

TexasStateParks.org


Wildman's Weekly Outdoor Report August 5, 2013 Edition

August is here which means that deer season is just around the corner. Stay tuned to learn about some free deer hunting seminars coming up a little bit later this month.

Steve "Wildman" Wilson's Outdoor Report for this week is now available. Click here to go to the Podcast page, then scroll down and click on the latest Outdoor Report to download the file.

The audio file can be downloaded by "right-clicking" on the link below and clicking "Save Target As" to save to your computer.

http://www.agfc.com/resources/PodcastAudio/outdoor_report.mp3

Follow Wildman on Twitter at http://www.Twitter.com/Steve_wildman


TPWD News Digest for the Week of July 25-August 2, 2013
(Upcoming events are located under “Briefs”)
All TPWD news releases available online: http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/newsmedia/releases/ or on our twitter site @tpwdnews, @tpwdhunt or @tpwdparks
August 2, 2013
• Swimming in State Parks Great Way to Beat the Summer Heat AUSTIN- With temperatures around the state hitting the 90’s and 100’s, Texans everywhere are looking for a way to keep cool.
News Briefs and Upcoming Events
TPWD Awareness PSA Wins Award for Best Communications Campaign
The Association for Conservation Information’s annual award ceremony recognizes professionals involved with conservation.
There are more than 25 categories of awards such as magazine article, news releases, public service announcements, communications campaign and educational programs, just to name a few.
This year, first place for communications campaign was awarded to members of Texas Parks and Wildlife’s staff for their efforts to stop the spread of zebra mussels.
The campaign was titled “Hello Zebra Mussels, Goodbye Texas Lakes.” The recognized staff include: Darcy Bontempo, Carly Montez, Brian Van Zee and Dave Terre.
Calendar
For events in your area, visit our calendar section at http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/calendar/
 


Wildman's Weekly Outdoor Report July 29, 2013 Edition

The first official hunting season of the year has been set, dove season opens on Sunday, Sept. 1. Listen for more information.

Steve "Wildman" Wilson's Outdoor Report for this week is now available. Click here to go to the Podcast page, then scroll down and click on the latest Outdoor Report to download the file.

The audio file can be downloaded by "right-clicking" on the link below and clicking "Save Target As" to save to your computer.

http://www.agfc.com/resources/PodcastAudio/outdoor_report.mp3

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TPWD News Digest for the Week of July 11-18, 2013
(Upcoming events are located under “Briefs”)
All TPWD news releases available online:www.tpwd.state.tx.us/newsmedia/releases/ or on our twitter site @tpwdnews, @tpwdhunt or @tpwdparks
July 18, 2013
• Aug. 17 Celebration to Mark 100th Anniversary of Old Tunnel [News Images]
FREDERICKSBURG – Old Tunnel State Park will host a celebration of the 100th anniversary of the first train’s steaming through the only tunnel on the San Antonio Fredericksburg & Northern Railroad’s 24-mile rail line on Saturday, Aug. 17.
July 12, 2013
• First-Ever Citizens Park Ranger Academy Slated for Dinosaur Valley State Park
GLEN ROSE – Fans of Dinosaur Valley State Park and persons interested in discovering what it’s like to be a state park ranger are invited to sign up for the Citizens Park Ranger Academy that begins on Saturday, Aug. 17.
July 11, 2013
• Special Issue of Texas Parks & Wildlife Magazine Focuses on Agency’s Past and Future as it Turns 50 [News Images]
AUSTIN – The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department marks its 50th anniversary this summer with a special issue of Texas Parks & Wildlife magazine. The magazine tips a figurative Stetson to the various partners who helped further the agency’s conservation mission over the last five decades, and looks ahead to the next half century.
• International Enforcement Operation Exposes Web-based Wildlife Trafficking in Texas and Nationwide [News Images]
AUSTIN – Scores of illegal wildlife traffickers face federal and state charges for selling protected species online last summer. The cases result from a coordinated undercover law enforcement operation conducted simultaneously by Texas game wardens, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, other states and federal agencies, and three Asian countries.
Video News Reports
Golden Year – Texas Parks and Wildlife Celebrates 50th Anniversary With You!
A fresh Video News Report is now available on our site called “Golden Year – Texas Parks and Wildlife Turns 50!.” Fifty years ago, Governor John B. Connally launched a campaign to modernize state government. This led to the merger of the Game and Fish Commission with the State Parks Board creating a new agency dedicated to conservation, parks and outdoor recreation. This year, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department is celebrating its 50TH birthday by inviting people to share their stories and photos about memorable moments in the Texas outdoors. Here’s a look back at what this means for Texans.
See the YouTube video at http://youtu.be/SnZNog3ldZ4
For a high resolution download on our site, click on the link http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/files/video/
Look for “July VNR_Golden Year – TPWD 50th” There is a split track version and a mixed audio version with CG, both in HD.
Calendar
For events in your area, visit our calendar section at http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/calendar/


Wildman's Weekly Outdoor Report July 15, 2013 Edition

Our new AGFC Arkansas Wildlife calendars for 2013-14 are now available. They run July through July, and include all of the important upcoming hunting dates.

Steve "Wildman" Wilson's Outdoor Report for this week is now available. Click here to go to the Podcast page, then scroll down and click on the latest Outdoor Report to download the file.

The audio file can be downloaded by "right-clicking" on the link below and clicking "Save Target As" to save to your computer.

http://www.agfc.com/resources/PodcastAudio/outdoor_report.mp3

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TPWD News Digest for the Week of July 4-11, 2013
All TPWD news releases available online:
or on our twitter site @tpwdnews, @tpwdhunt or @tpwdparks
July 11, 2013
• Special Issue of Texas Parks & Wildlife Magazine Focuses on Agency’s Past and Future as it Turns 50
AUSTIN – The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department marks its 50th anniversary this summer with a special issue of Texas Parks & Wildlife magazine. The magazine tips a figurative Stetson to the various partners who helped further the agency’s conservation mission over the last five decades, and looks ahead to the next half century.
• International Enforcement Operation Exposes Web-based Wildlife Trafficking in Texas and Nationwide
AUSTIN – Scores of illegal wildlife traffickers face federal and state charges for selling protected species online last summer.The cases result from a coordinated undercover law enforcement operation conducted simultaneously by Texas game wardens, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, other states and federal agencies, and three Asian countries.
July 9, 2013
• Teal Bag Increase, Expanded White-winged Dove Zone Approved
AUSTIN – Texas bird hunters might consider investing in an extra box or two of shells this year to take advantage of increased bag and possession limits and expanded opportunities.
July 8, 2013
• Texas Game Warden’s Efforts Didn’t Go Unnoticed July 4th
AUSTIN – Case numbers coming in following the July 4th holiday weekend show concentrated enforcement efforts on the state’s lakes and waterways had a significant safety impact.
Calendar
For events in your area, visit our calendar section at http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/calendar/


This commemorative 50th anniversary issue of Texas Parks & Wildlife magazine celebrates a half-century of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and its partners making life better outside for generations of Texans.

With more than a little help from our friends, there are some great stories to tell, as well as TPWD Executive Director Carter Smith’s vision for the future.

In this Issue:
• Protecting the state’s natural resources actually began in 1895 with the creation of the Fish and Oyster Commission. Decades later, the accomplishments of Texas Parks and Wildlife and its partners are guided by the agency’s mission and include all the aspects of the great outdoors that we love so well: wildlife preservation, state parks, hunting, fishing, game wardens and much more.
• The next time you catch a fish in the Gulf or a bay, say thanks! Through partnerships with fine organizations like the CCA, about 26 million red drum and spotted seatrout fingerlings are raised and released into Texas bay systems each year. Read more about it.
• Private landowners to the rescue! With 95 percent of Texas land in private hands, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department counts on individuals and families to share its mission in conserving land and water across the state. The future health of our lands and the wild things and wild places depends on the efforts of these Texas families.
• Who you gonna call? High citizen involvement, partnerships with local and state law enforcement, and the successful Operation Game Thief program help 500-plus Texas Game Wardens provide off-the-pavement protection to people and natural resources across 262,017 square miles of land and more than 3 million surface acres of water in this great state.
Sincerely,

Texas Parks & Wildlife magazine


Wildman's Weekly Outdoor Report July 8, 2013 Edition

Avoid the rush. Go ahead and purchase your new hunting license now. Your old one expired a few days ago.

Steve "Wildman" Wilson's Outdoor Report for this week is now available. Click here to go to the Podcast page, then scroll down and click on the latest Outdoor Report to download the file.

The audio file can be downloaded by "right-clicking" on the link below and clicking "Save Target As" to save to your computer.

http://www.agfc.com/resources/PodcastAudio/outdoor_report.mp3

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TPWD News Digest for the Week of June 28-July 3, 2013
All TPWD news releases available online:www.tpwd.state.tx.us/newsmedia/releases/ or on our twitter site @tpwdnews, @tpwdhunt or @tpwdparks
July 3, 2013
• Victims Identified in Fatal Boating Accident at Lake Fork
AUSTIN — Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) Game Wardens have identified the victims involved in a double fatality boating accident Monday evening on Lake Fork as Justin Douglas Wilcox, 34, Oglesby, Texas, and Walter Edward Serbon Jr., 69, Yantis, Texas.
July 2, 2013
• Game Wardens Investigate Fatal Boating Accident at Lake Fork
AUSTIN — Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) Game Wardens are investigating a double fatality boating accident on Lake Fork.
• Gulf of Mexico Shrimp Season to Open July 15
AUSTIN — The Gulf of Mexico commercial shrimp season for both state and federal waters will open 30 minutes after sunset Monday, July 15. The opening date is based on an evaluation of the biological, social and economic information to maximize the benefits to the industry and the public.
• Beat July Heat with a Canoe, Kayak Outing
AUSTIN – Join one of the fastest-growing segments of outdoor recreation and have some cool summer fun by kayaking or canoeing dozens of Texas’ easily accessible and scenic waterways in a state park or along a designated Texas Paddling Trail.
July 1, 2013
• Emergency Zebra Mussels Order Signed
AUSTIN – Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Executive Director Carter Smith has signed an emergency order adding the West Fork of the Trinity River including Lakes Bridgeport, Eagle Mountain, and Worth to the list of water bodies under special regulations intended to help control the spread of zebra mussels.
• Invasive Species Workshop at Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center July 13
ATHENS—You can help prevent the spread of invasive aquatic and other species in East Texas.
Calendar:
For events in your area, visit our calendar section at http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/calendar/


TPWD News Digest for the Week of June 20-27, 2013
(Upcoming events are located under “Briefs”)
All TPWD news releases available online: http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/newsmedia/releases/ or on our twitter site @tpwdnews, @tpwdhunt or @tpwdparks
June 27, 2013
• Game Warden Field Notes The following items are compiled from recent Texas Parks and Wildlife Department law enforcement reports.
• Zebra Mussels Confirmed in Lake Bridgeport AUSTIN – Zebra mussel larvae, known as veligers, have been confirmed in Lake Bridgeport. The news comes days after the discovery of the invasive exotic in Lewisville Lake.
June 26, 2013
• Voting Now Open For the Next State Parks License Plate [News Images] AUSTIN – The bluebonnet became a common sight both on and off Texas roadways when a conservation license plate featuring the iconic wildflower was introduced 12 years ago. Since then, this specialty plate has generated more than $1.3 million in critical funding for Texas state parks and there are currently 6,400 on the road.
June 25, 2013
• Texas Game Wardens Seize 10,000-plus Feet of Gill Net and Nearly 2 Tons of Marijuana [News Images] AUSTIN – Texas game wardens have concluded two separate week-long enforcement operations in South Texas that led to the seizure of more than 10,000 feet of illegal gill net, approximately two tons of marijuana, and the filing of numerous other criminal cases.
June 24, 2013
• New Texas Laws Protect Seagrass, Control Aquatic Invasives
June 20, 2013
• Statewide Texas Birding Competition Deemed Great Success — Birding Classic Donates $17,000 to Birding, Habitat Conservation, Nature Tourism Projects [News Images]
• Zebra Mussels Documented in Lewisville Lake — Boaters urged to clean, drain and dry
News Briefs and Upcoming Events:
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Awards Texas Grant for Work on Deadly Bat Disease
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today announced grant awards totaling $950,694 to twenty-eight states for white-nose syndrome (WNS) projects. That includes a $39,566 grant to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) to do three things, including:
1. identify key sites, including those surveyed previously as well as new locations in the Texas Panhandle for WNS surveillance based on surveys conducted during February of 2012, and occurrences of bat species known or likely to be affected by the fungus Geomyces destructans (Gd), which is believed to lead to WNS;
2. survey priority hibernacula (bat caves) to confirm the presence of particular species, focusing on those species known to be susceptible to the fungus and/or WNS, and monitor hibernacula for signs of Gd or WNS; and
3. provide a statewide acoustic monitoring baseline dataset of bat activity to be repeated annually.
Four of the bat species that occur in Texas (tri-colored bat, big brown bat, southeastern myotis, and cave myotis) have been affected by WNS. One of those species (tri-colored bat) has migratory populations that over-winter in Texas. For more information on WNS, see the TPWD website (http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/huntwild/wild/diseases/whitenose/).
10th Annual Last Frontier Heritage Celebration and Buffalo Soldier Living History Encampment
Take a trip back to the western frontier by visiting the 10th annual Texas’ Last Frontier Heritage Celebration and Buffalo Soldier Encampment, June 29-30 in Morton. There will be a parade, a “Decorate your bike” contest, military ceremony and drills, a frontier life and skill presentation, the Buffalo Soldier expedition re-enactment, riding and roping events, and more. Admission is free. For more information contact, Dorothy Barker, jodaphi1@windstream.net, 806-266-5484/806-891-5140; Sammie Simpson, samisimp@fivearea.com, 806-927-5191/806-946-7178.
Calendar:
For events in your area, visit our calendar section at http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/calendar/


Wildman's Weekly Outdoor Report June 24, 2013 Edition

Well, July 4 falls on a Thursday this year, so which weekend are you going to be celebrating? There will be thousands of folks headed to their favorite lakes and rivers. Help make this weekend one of the safest ever.

Steve "Wildman" Wilson's Outdoor Report for this week is now available. Click here to go to the Podcast page, then scroll down and click on the latest Outdoor Report to download the file.

The audio file can be downloaded by "right-clicking" on the link below and clicking "Save Target As" to save to your computer.

http://www.agfc.com/resources/PodcastAudio/outdoor_report.mp3

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TPWD News Digest for the Week of June 13-20, 2013
(Upcoming events are located under “Briefs”)
All TPWD news releases available online:
www.tpwd.state.tx.us/newsmedia/releases/ or on our twitter site @tpwdnews, @tpwdhunt or @tpwdparks
June 20, 2013
• Statewide Texas Birding Competition Deemed Great Success — Birding Classic Donates $17,000 to Birding, Habitat Conservation, Nature Tourism Projects [News Images]
AUSTIN – Swarovski Optik teams bested the competition in three different categories of the first statewide version of the Great Texas Birding Classic,and two of those wins enabled its teams to select which habitat conservation projects receive $10,000 of the $17,000 awarded from this year’s event.
• Zebra Mussels Documented in Lewisville Lake — Boaters urged to clean, drain and dry
AUSTIN – Less than a year following the discovery that zebra mussels had established a population in Lake Ray Roberts, the destructive invasive species has been confirmed in Lewisville Lake by the United States Geological Survey (USGS). This is the third lake in Texas, and the second within the Trinity River basin, where zebra mussels have been discovered.
June 18, 2013
• Game Warden Field Notes
The following items are compiled from recent Texas Parks and Wildlife Department law enforcement reports.
• National Survey Will Explore Dove Hunter Opinions
AUSTIN — The National Dove Hunter Survey, a cooperative effort by the state fish and wildlife agencies, all four flyway councils, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) will ask dove hunters from across the U.S. to share their experiences and opinions about dove hunting.
June 17, 2013
• Fireworks at the Fishery to Light Up Skies Over Athens
ATHENS, Texas—The annual Fourth of July fireworks show at the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center (TFFC) is coming up on Thursday, July 4. The show will last approximately one-half hour and is one of the biggest in East Texas.
News Briefs and Upcoming Events:
Washington-on-the-Brazos Hosting 4th of July Festivities
The “Birthplace of Texas” between Brenham and Navasota, will once again host a day of fun activities on July 4, capped off by a remarkable fireworks extravaganza, choreographed to patriotic tunes. Admission is free to Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historic Site and to attend the 14th annual “Fireworks on the Brazos!,” presented by H-E-B in cooperation with the Washington-on-the-Brazos State Park Association. Food vendors will be on hand all day. Children will be able to participate in 1800s period games beginning at 5 p.m. Free Blue Bell ice cream and soft drinks will be served at 5:30 p.m. Tubie and the Touchtones from Navasota, the Blues Capital of Texas, will perform at 7:15 p.m. in the park’s amphitheater. The fireworks display will begin around 9:15 p.m. and will be simulcast on KTEX 106 F.M. For more information, call (936) 878-2214 or visit: www.birthplaceoftexas.com.
10th Annual Last Frontier Heritage Celebration and Buffalo Soldier Living History Encampment
Take a trip back to the western frontier by visiting the 10th annual Texas’ Last Frontier Heritage Celebration and Buffalo Soldier Encampment, June 29-30 in Morton. There will be a parade, a “Decorate your bike” contest, military ceremony and drills, a frontier life and skill presentation, the Buffalo Soldier expedition re-enactment, riding and roping events, and more. Admission is free. For more information contact, Dorothy Barker, jodaphi1@windstream.net, 806-266-5484/806-891-5140; Sammie Simpson, samisimp@fivearea.com, 806-927-5191/806-946-7178.
Calendar:
For events in your area, visit our calendar section at http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/calendar/
 


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Wildman's Weekly Outdoor Report June 17, 2013 Edition

Some very important deadlines are drawing near. The month of June is the month to apply for some special hunts for this fall.

Steve "Wildman" Wilson's Outdoor Report for this week is now available. Click here to go to the Podcast page, then scroll down and click on the latest Outdoor Report to download the file.

The audio file can be downloaded by "right-clicking" on the link below and clicking "Save Target As" to save to your computer.

http://www.agfc.com/resources/PodcastAudio/outdoor_report.mp3

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TPWD News Digest for the Week of June 6-13, 2013
(Upcoming events are located under “Briefs”)
All TPWD news releases available online or on our twitter site @tpwdnews, @tpwdhunt or @tpwdparks
June 6, 2013
• NOAA Fisheries Sets Gulf-Wide Red Snapper Season at 28 Days — Season in Federal Waters Off Texas Coast to End at 12:01 a.m., June 29 AUSTIN – NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service yesterday announced a 28-day recreational red snapper fishing season in Gulf of Mexico federal waters. NMFS indicated it will publish a temporary rule in the federal register on June 10 to establish a Gulf-wide season closure at 12:01 a.m., June 29. This sets the end date for the red snapper season that started June 1.
• TPWD Texas State Parks Junior Ranger Explorer Packs Available at 30 Parks This Summer [News Images] AUSTIN- With school ending across the state, families are heading out to Texas State Parks and looking for new trails to hike, rivers to swim, and other activities to enjoy.
Video News Reports
Neighborhood Fishing – Catching a Fish is Closer Than You Think!
A Video News Report is now available on our site called “Neighborhood Fishing.”
Well it’s that time again, school is out and that means kids are looking for something to do. This summer many families are discovering they don’t have to look far for fun and inexpensive ways to get kids out of the house and hooked on the outdoors.
See the YouTube video at http://youtu.be/Mqr6MVZp3jM
For a high resolution download on our site, click on the link http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/files/video/
Look for “JuneVNR_Neighborhood Fishing” There is a split track version and a mixed audio version with CG, both in HD.
News Briefs and Upcoming Events
National Trails Day Brings Families to Texas State Parks
On June 1, about 1,000 people around Texas visited their local state parks to celebrate National Trails Day. Eighty-five hikes were taken and over 400 kids under the age of 18 spent their Saturday outdoors.
Brazos Bend State Park had the highest number of visitors for their event and had 80 adults and 100 kids attend. Colorado Bend offered events such as hikes, runs, hiking, trailbuilding and debuted a hatha yoga hike that was attended by eight people. In addition to offering a hike, the Hill Country State Natural Area hosted a covered wagon trail ride, and a Boy Scout troop worked on the trails. Beginning-level and advanced hikes were offered at Cedar Hill State Park and a crew of volunteers worked on the Dallas Off-Road Bike Association mountain-bike trails. A women’s-only hike was held at Franklin Mountains State Park and a crew of volunteers worked on trailbuilding.
Learn About the Snakes of Texas at Washington-on-the-Brazos SHS
With snake season slithering closer, Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historic Site is offering a presentation about the snakes of Texas to inform visitors about their habitats, diets, and daily lives. Saturday’s presentation will include a look into the many different, colorful venomous and non-venomous snake species that live in Texas. The presentations will be given at 11 a.m., 1 p.m., and 3 p.m. and will last between 30-45 minutes. For more information, please call 936-878-2214.
Learn about the Pecans of Texas at Washington-on-the-Brazos SHS
The pecan is one of the most iconic symbols of Texas and is deeply tied to its history and culture. Visit Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historic Site this Sunday and see the home of a Pecan tree that is deeply rooted in Texas history and learn about other kinds of Pecan trees that are in existence around the state. The presentations will be given at 11 a.m., 1 p.m., and 3 p.m. and will last between 30-45 minutes. For more information, please call 936-878-2214.
Calendar
For events in your area, visit our calendar section at http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/calendar/


Wildman's Weekly Outdoor Report June 10, 2013 Edition

Father's Day is this coming weekend. Stay tuned for some ideas about what to buy for Dad this year.

Steve "Wildman" Wilson's Outdoor Report for this week is now available. Click here to go to the Podcast page, then scroll down and click on the latest Outdoor Report to download the file.

The audio file can be downloaded by "right-clicking" on the link below and clicking "Save Target As" to save to your computer.

http://www.agfc.com/resources/PodcastAudio/outdoor_report.mp3
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TPWD News Digest for the Week of May 30-June 6, 2013
(Upcoming events are located under "Briefs")
All TPWD news releases available online:
www.tpwd.state.tx.us/newsmedia/releases/ or on our twitter site @tpwdnews, @tpwdhunt or @tpwdparks

June 6, 2013
• TPWD Texas State Parks Junior Ranger Explorer Packs Available at 30 Parks This Summer [News Images]
AUSTIN- With school ending across the state, families are heading out to Texas State Parks and looking for new trails to hike, rivers to swim, and other activities to enjoy.
June 4, 2013
• Summertime, and the Fishing is Easy
AUSTIN -- Fish are biting as the weather warms up, and many Texans are eager to get outdoors to reel in bass, catfish, redfish and other sport fish.
• Take Care of Texas Campaign Helps Texans Conserve Water During Drought, Care for Air, Water, Parks -- Country Music Star Kevin Fowler is Spokesperson in PSAs, Donates Song to Support Effort [News Images]
In a shared announcement today, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality and Texas Parks and Wildlife unveiled a statewide public service campaign to promote outdoor recreation and encourage personal responsibility in protecting our state's natural resources.
June 3, 2013
• Judge Strikes Down Red Snapper Emergency Rule -- Ruling Means Longer Fishing Season in Federal Waters off Texas Coast
AUSTIN -- A federal judge in Brownsville has ruled in favor of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) and the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) in a joint lawsuit brought by both agencies challenging an emergency regulation enacted by the federal National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS). The ruling means that the 2013 recreational red snapper fishing season in federal waters off the Texas coast will be longer than it would have been under the emergency rule.
May 31, 2013
• 2013 State Parks Photo Contest Closes, Winners Announced
Video News Reports:
Neighborhood Fishing -- Catching a Fish is Closer Than You Think!
A Video News Report is now available on our site called "Neighborhood Fishing." Well it's that time again, school is out and that means kids are looking for something to do. This summer many families are discovering they don't have to look far for fun and inexpensive ways to get kids out of the house and hooked on the outdoors.
See the YouTube video at http://youtu.be/Mqr6MVZp3jM
For a high resolution download on our site, click on the link
http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/files/video/
Look for "JuneVNR_Neighborhood Fishing" There is a split track version and a mixed audio version with CG, both in HD.
Calendar:
For events in your area, visit our calendar section at http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/calendar/


TPWD News Digest for the Week of May 23-30, 2013
(Upcoming events are located under “Briefs”)
All TPWD news releases available online:
www.tpwd.state.tx.us/newsmedia/releases/ or on our twitter site @tpwdnews, @tpwdhunt or @tpwdparks
May 29, 2013
• Free Food, Fishing at Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center for National Fishing Day
ATHENS, Texas- National Fishing and Boating Week will start this weekend with a big splash at the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center in Athens with their annual National Fishing Day celebration.
• Angler Sets New Fly Rod State Record for Channel Catfish [News Images]
ATHENS—When Bryan Smith of Athens isn’t helping visitors to the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center (TFFC) catch fish, he does some fishing on his own.
May 28, 2013
• Charges Filed in Galveston Hit-and-Run Boating Accident
AUSTIN – Texas Parks and Wildlife Department game wardens have filed felony charges against a Galveston man accused of failing to stop and render aid while operating a motorboat that collided with a sailboat in the Galveston Channel Sunday night.
May 24, 2013
• “Clean, Drain and Dry” Regimen Bad News for Zebra Mussels [News Images]
AUSTIN — Nothing ruins a zebra mussel’s day more than a boater who Cleans, Drains and Dries his boat to prevent the spread of this small but devastating aquatic invasive species.
May 23, 2013
• Balmorhea Springs Placed on “Waters to Watch” List
• TPWD Proposals Aim to Streamline Hunter Education Process
• TPW Commission Approves Land Acquisition to Benefit Lesser Prairie Chicken — Permian Basin company makes $400,000 donation to facilitate purchase [News Images]
• $5.7 Million Recreational Trail Grant Largest Award in Program’s History
News Briefs and Upcoming Events:
Free Food, Fishing at Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center for National Fishing Day
The Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center in Athens will be hosting their annual National Fishing Day celebration this Saturday from 9 a.m. — 4 p.m. Admission will be free from Children 12 and under, and free fishing will be available all day for the whole family. Kids may also compete to win prizes in the catfishing tournament at the TFFC’s casting pond. Free hot dogs, chips, and drinks will be served all day by employees of the Athens Wal-Mart.
TPWD Offers Easy Search for State Parks Near Major Cities
Looking for something to this summer? Texas Parks and Wildlife hosts weekly events at parks around the state and now there is an easier way to find them close to home. The TPWD Calendar Event Collection offers a quick way to search for events near Austin, Dallas/ Ft. Worth, Houston and San Antonio.
Drought Relief Funding Available for Texas Landowners
The United States Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service State Conservationist Salvador Salinas has announced that additional funding will be available for agriculture operators wishing to address pant health conditions on their land through NRCS’s Environmental Quality Incentives Program.
Applications will be accepted at NRCS field offices until June 14. Priority for funding will target 129 counties that have been distinguished as extreme drought or exceptional drought, according to the current U.S. Drought Monitor map. Priority counties will be adjusted as the drought changes.
Landowners interested in participating in the incentives program are encouraged to contact their local USDA-NRCS field office located in the nearest USDA Service Center.
For additional information about EQIP, or to find the NRCS service center nearest you, visit http://www.tx.nrcs.usda.gov/
NRCS in Texas Announces Incentive Payments to Improve Wildlife Habitat
The United States Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service State Conservationist Salvador Salinas has announced that NRCS in Texas has $5.5 million in funding available for people who want to develop and improve wildlife habitat on their land through the agency’s Wildlife Habitat Incentives Program (WHIP).
The funding has been established to improve Bobwhite quail and Pronghorn antelope habitat, as well as assist landowners who have lost wildlife habitat through the drought and wildfires in recent years.
Through WHIP, the NRCS will provide technical and financial assistance to establish and improve fish and wildlife habitat. WHIP agreements between NRCS and the participant generally last for five to ten years.
WHIP applications must address traditional natural resource issues such as water quantity, water quality, grazing lands, forest health, soil management, emerging natural resource issues, and climate change.
For additional information about WHIP, or to find the NRCS service center nearest you, visit http://www.tx.nrcs.usda.gov/.
Calendar
For events in your area, visit our calendar section at http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/calendar/


Wildman's Weekly Outdoor Report May 27, 2013 Edition

Good things come to those who bait. You could win a prize. Listen to find out how.

Steve "Wildman" Wilson's Outdoor Report for this week is now available. Click here to go to the Podcast page, then scroll down and click on the latest Outdoor Report to download the file.

The audio file can be downloaded by "right-clicking" on the link below and clicking "Save Target As" to save to your computer.

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TPWD News Digest for the Week of May 16-24, 2013
(Upcoming events are located under “Briefs”)
All TPWD news releases available online:
www.tpwd.state.tx.us/newsmedia/releases/ or on our twitter site @tpwdnews, @tpwdhunt or @tpwdparks
May 24, 2013
• “Clean, Drain and Dry” Regimen Bad News for Zebra Mussels [News Images]
AUSTIN — Nothing ruins a zebra mussel’s day more than a boater who Cleans, Drains and Dries his boat to prevent the spread of this small but devastating aquatic invasive species.
May 23, 2013
• Balmorhea Springs Placed on “Waters to Watch” List
BALMORHEA—Balmorhea Springs, a complex of Trans-Pecos water sources which supports two endangered fish species, an endangered snail, and four other species of concern, has been placed on the National Fish Habitat Partnership’s 10 “Water to Watch” list for 2013.
• TPWD Proposals Aim to Streamline Hunter Education Process
AUSTIN – Proposed changes to the state’s hunter education certification program would streamline the process for the tens of thousands of Texans who take the course annually, according to Texas Parks and Wildlife Department officials.
• TPW Commission Approves Land Acquisition to Benefit Lesser Prairie Chicken — Permian Basin company makes $400,000 donation to facilitate purchase [News Images]
AUSTIN- The Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission has approved the acquisition of more than 3,000 acres of lesser prairie chicken habitat as an addition to the Yoakum Dunes Preserve in the Texas Panhandle, which is dedicated to the conservation of this iconic grasslands species.
• $5.7 Million Recreational Trail Grant Largest Award in Program’s History
AUSTIN — The Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission on Thursday approved $5.7 million in federal grants for 33 recreational trail projects across the state. This is the largest amount of grant funds awarded from the Recreational Trail Grant Program in the 20-year history of the program in Texas. Seventy-two project proposals were submitted requesting almost $12 million in funding assistance.
May 22, 2013
• Houston Couple Honored for Land Conservation Efforts [News Images]
AUSTIN – Revitalization efforts on two ranches in two different ecological regions of the state have earned a Houston couple the 2013 Leopold Conservation Award, Texas’s highest honor for private land conservation.
May 17, 2013
• Lake Belton Trails to Join Texas Paddling Trails Network — Dedication of New Trails Set for 10 a.m., May 22 [News Images]
May 16, 2013
• Texas Parks and Wildlife Creates New Marine Investigations Unit [News Images]
• 35 Miles of Brazos River Now Part of TPWD’s Texas Paddling Trails [News Images]
Video News Reports:
Go Fish! – Fishing is the Activity of the Month for June
A Video News Report is now available on our site called “Go Fish.” Catching a fish is fun for kids, but many families have questions about how to get started. That’s why some state parks are offering free fishing classes. They’ll teach you the basics through fun, hands-on activities. Texas Parks and Wildlife has this report on a program called “Go Fish” as the June Outdoor Activity of the Month.
See the YouTube video at http://youtu.be/CBIornYLod0
For a high resolution download on our site, click on the link
http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/files/video/
Look for “May VNR_Go Fish” There is a split track version and a mixed audio version with CG, both in HD.
Calendar
For events in your area, visit our calendar section at http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/calendar/


Wildman's Weekly Outdoor Report May 13, 2013 Edition

Get your daytimers and calendars out. I'm going to give you the dates and times of several events the AGFC has coming up.

Steve "Wildman" Wilson's Outdoor Report for this week is now available. Click here to go to the Podcast page, then scroll down and click on the latest Outdoor Report to download the file.

The audio file can be downloaded by "right-clicking" on the link below and clicking "Save Target As" to save to your computer.

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TPWD News Digest for the Week of May 2-9, 2013
(Upcoming events are located under “Briefs”)
All TPWD news releases available online:
www.tpwd.state.tx.us/newsmedia/releases/ or on our twitter site @tpwdnews, @tpwdhunt or @tpwdparks
May 9, 2013
• Lake Conroe Conservation Efforts Receive State, National Recognition [News Images]
ATHENS—Lake Conroe has suffered more than its share of ups and downs over the years—pun intended.
May 7, 2013
• Mother Nature is the Best Gift for Mom [News Images]
This Mother’s Day, Texas Parks and Wildlife suggests that Texans give mom a chance to relax with a family picnic at one of more than 90 Texas state parks. Picnicking can be a fresh alternative to traditional Mother’s Day events; the agency suggests you take mom to a park, where you can enjoy activities like hiking or birding, along with sharing a picnic.
• Gulf Shrimp Season Closing May 23
AUSTIN — The Gulf of Mexico commercial shrimp season for both Texas and federal waters will close 30 minutes after sunset on May 23 until a still-to-be determined time in July.
May 2, 2013
• Texas to Receive Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Restoration Funding — Artificial Reef, Coastal State Park Projects Proposed for Latest Round of Early Restoration
AUSTIN – Five Texas-based projects totaling about $18 million have been proposed to begin to compensate Texas for lost human use of natural resources resulting from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The three artificial reef and two state park projects are part of the latest round of early restoration led by state and federal Natural Resource Damage Assessment trustees.
Video News Reports
Mother’s Day Picnic at the Parks – Celebrate Mom at a State Park!
A Video News Report is now available on our site called “Mother’s Day Picnic in the Parks.” If you’re looking for a unique Mother’s Day experience, consider an outing to a Texas state park. State parks across Texas are encouraging families to visit this weekend. According to one group of moms, it’s a great way to bond with your kids.
See the YouTube video at http://youtu.be/wwg-r_ki60E
For a high resolution download on our site, click on the link
http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/files/video/
Look for “April VNR_Mother’s Day Picnic at the Parks” There is a split track version and a mixed audio version with CG, both in HD.
Calendar
For events in your area, visit our calendar section at http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/calendar/


Hunter Yarberry caught this bass on March 15, 2013 on Caddo.
The bass weighed about 7 pounds.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Left: Cameron Schulz and his 3.7 pd large mouth bass caught in Caddo Lake Monday April 6th, 2013


Wildman's Weekly Outdoor Report May 6, 2013 Edition

If you want a chance to hunt elk here in the natural state this coming fall, the month of May is the time to apply for a permit. Listen and I'll tell you how to apply.

Steve "Wildman" Wilson's Outdoor Report for this week is now available. Click here to go to the Podcast page, then scroll down and click on the latest Outdoor Report to download the file.

The audio file can be downloaded by "right-clicking" on the link below and clicking "Save Target As" to save to your computer.

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Wildman's Weekly Outdoor Report April 29, 2013 Edition


It's that time of year again when you might see baby birds or animals without their parents. Listen to find out what to do, or not to do.

Steve "Wildman" Wilson's Outdoor Report for this week is now available. Click here to go to the Podcast page, then scroll down and click on the latest Outdoor Report to download the file.

The audio file can be downloaded by "right-clicking" on the link below and clicking "Save Target As" to save to your computer.

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Wildman's Weekly Outdoor Report April 22, 2013 Edition

Teeing Off On Hunger. If you like to play golf, plan to have a team in the first annual Arkansas Hunters Feeding the Hungry golf tournament on June 10.

Steve "Wildman" Wilson's Outdoor Report for this week is now available. Click here to go to the Podcast page, then scroll down and click on the latest Outdoor Report to download the file.

The audio file can be downloaded by "right-clicking" on the link below and clicking "Save Target As" to save to your computer.

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TPWD News Digest for the Week of April 11-18, 2013
(Upcoming events are located under “Briefs”)
All TPWD news releases available online:
www.tpwd.state.tx.us/newsmedia/releases/ or on our twitter site @tpwdnews, @tpwdhunt or @tpwdparks
April 18, 2013
• Naconiche Record Fish Is ShareLunker Descendant — Falcon fish was mother of new Lake Naconiche record largemouth bass [News Images]
ATHENS—On December 4, 2004, Jerry Campos was fishing for largemouth bass on Falcon International Reservoir when he caught a 14.28-pound fish that became ShareLunker 370. On April 13, 2013, Allen Lane Kruse of Nacogdoches caught a 12.54-pound bass from Lake Naconiche that has been submitted as a water-body and catch-and-release record for the new impoundment near Nacogdoches.
• Regional Lone Star Land Steward Awards Honor Texas Conservationists
AUSTIN – At a time when punishing drought underscores the importance of managing our land and water to help Texas weather the worst, two land owners, two organizations and a mining company are being recognized by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s Lone Star Land Steward program for their efforts in rejuvenating native habitat and wildlife across the state.
News Briefs and Upcoming Events
Three-legged Willie Recognized at Washington-on-the-Brazos SHS
With a lifetime of accomplishments being a famous ranger, an Indian fighter and judge, Robert McAlpin Williamson, also known as Three-legged Willie, will have plenty of tall tales to share for generations to come. On April 20, Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historic Site will be hosing presentation to recall the tales of Three-legged Willie. The stories will be brought to life at 11 a.m., 1 p.m., and 3 p.m.
Texas Wildflowers Share their Stories
Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historic Site will be hosting a presentation April 21to share the legends of plants and wildflowers in Texas. The exhibition will be featuring Texas flowers such as the bluebonnet, Indian paintbrush and the poppy. The stories will be told at 11 a.m., 1 p.m., and 3 p.m.
Calendar
For events in your area, visit our calendar section at http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/calendar/


AACF statement on "Private Option" vote
Contact:
Gerard Matthews
Communications Director
Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families
501-371-9678, ext. 111
mobile: 903-733-4532
Small minority blocks popular "Private Option" bill
AACF hopes lawmakers can reach agreement on providing greater access to quality health coverage
Earlier today, a small minority of Arkansas lawmakers defied the will of the majority of Arkansans – and House of Representatives members – and thus missed an incredible opportunity to make affordable health coverage more accessible for their constituents. The Private Option bill that would allow the state to use Medicaid dollars to buy private insurance plans for low-income Arkansans failed in the House earlier today. Sixty-nine representatives did the right thing today and they should be applauded. However, the bill did not get the three-fourths majority necessary for passage.
The Private Option is a good deal for our economy, our local hospitals, and all of the state’s children and families. Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families hopes some kind of solution or compromise can be reached in the coming days. AACF thanks all Representatives – from both sides of the aisle – who voted for the Private Option. Their leadership and their desire to do what’s best for all Arkansans led to a bipartisan solution that would have been of great benefit to the state.
Moving forward, the state of Arkansas will face some big questions. Without the Private Option, 160,000 Arkansans will now have no affordable option for health coverage. These are low-income folks who make “too much” money to qualify for Medicaid (over $4,000/year for an individual) and not enough to qualify for subsidies through the new health care exchanges.
AACF Executive Director Rich Huddleston says today’s vote will be difficult for some legislators to explain.
“We know from cost estimates and projections that the Private Option would actually save the state money and that the influx of federal dollars would be good for the economy,” Huddleston says. “But the real issue here is fairness. For those 160,000 folks who get left out because of politics at the state legislature, that’s a shame. Other states will go with some kind of extension of Medicaid. So a low-income, working mother in another state will now have options for affordable health care. A low-income, working woman in Arkansas won’t because of this vote.”
The bill will likely come up for another vote tomorrow. However, with only four days remaining in the 89th General Assembly and several other pressing matters at hand, lawmakers may have missed their only chance to pass the Private Option. Without persuading at least six additional lawmakers to vote yes, there is little hope that affordable health coverage will become reality for all Arkansans.


Wildman's Weekly Outdoor Report April 9, 2013 Edition

Youth turkey season is this weekend, April 13-14. Then all of us older folks can go next weekend, April 20. Listen to find out what else is going on.

Steve "Wildman" Wilson's Outdoor Report for this week is now available. Click here to go to the Podcast page, then scroll down and click on the latest Outdoor Report to download the file.

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TPWD News Digest for the Week of March 28- April 8, 2013
(Upcoming events are located under “Briefs”)
All TPWD news releases available online: www.tpwd.state.tx.us/newsmedia/releases/ or on our twitter site @tpwdnews, @tpwdhunt or @tpwdparks
April 5, 2013
• Range-wide Lesser Prairie Chicken Plan Submitted to U.S Fish and Wildlife Service — Texas Among Five States Working To Conserve Bird, Avoid Need For Threatened Listing [News Images]
AUSTIN – The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and other state wildlife agencies in New Mexico, Oklahoma, Kansas and Colorado have submitted the 3rd draft of a range-wide plan to conserve the lesser prairie chicken to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, which is considering whether to list the bird as a threatened under the federal Endangered Species Act.
• Best Little Bass Lake in Texas Planned for Wichita Falls [News Images]
ATHENS—What’s more fun than catching a big bass? For many people, it’s catching a lot of bass.
• State Game Wardens Seize Nearly $4 Million Worth of Marijuana on Lower Border [News Images]
AUSTIN – Texas Parks and Wildlife Department game wardens have seized more than two tons of marijuana worth nearly $4 million.
April 4, 2013
• Whole Earth Provision Co. to Raise Funds Again for Texas State Parks
AUSTIN – Whole Earth Provision Co. is looking this year to best last year’s fundraising campaign that generated more than $30,000 in donations for Texas State Parks.
April 2, 2013
• TPWD Adopts Changes to Mule Deer MLDP, Pronghorn Seasons
AUSTIN — The Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission has approved an experimental pronghorn buck season in some areas of the Panhandle, which would allow landowners to control the harvest of buck pronghorn on their properties. In addition, an extension to the existing mule deer managed lands deer permits (MLDP) season will be part of changes to the upcoming 2013-14 Statewide Hunting Proclamation.
• April in Texas State Parks Is ‘For the Birds’ [News Images]
AUSTIN–Spring migration, temperate weather and more documented bird species than any other state comprise the perfect recipe for an April visit one of the dozens of Texas State Parks that cater to birders with bird-friendly habitat and viewing facilities.
Calendar
For events in your area, visit our calendar section at http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/calendar/


April 2013 - Birding
Did you know Texas has over 630 species of birds, more than any other state? April is a great time to get outdoors with your family, and birding is an activity the whole family can enjoy— even while hiking, biking or picnicking.

Texas state parks are some of the best places to view birds, and many host guided bird walks, workshops and other birding events. Visit the calendar to find a birding event near you.

Before you head out, share this Introduction to Birding with your family to learn what to look and listen for. You can also download a colorful PDF called “Texas Birds: Introducing Texas to Common Birds” to take with you. And watching this month’s featured video, “Basics of Birding,” will give you an overview of what you should bring, and what you can expect on your family birding adventure.

Best Birding Blinds at State Parks

From observation platforms to enclosed shelters and traditional birding blinds, these parks offer optimal perches to experience some of the best birding in Texas.

Austin Area
• Blanco State Park
• Pedernales Falls State Park
• 17 other Texas State Parks and State Natural Areas are in the Austin area.
Dallas and Fort Worth Area
• Fort Parker State Park
• Lake Mineral Wells State Park & Tramway
• 20 other Texas State Parks and State Natural Areas are in the DFW area.
Houston and Gulf Coast Area
• Brazos Bend State Park
• Sea Rim State Park
• Goose Island State Park
• 7 other Texas State Parks and State Natural Areas are in the Houston area.
San Antonio Area
• Devil’s Sinkhole State Natural Area
• Goliad State Park
South Texas Plains Area
• The World Birding Center - includes 9 locations in the Rio Grande Valley


TPWD News Digest for the Week of March 21-28, 2013
(Upcoming events are located under “Briefs”)
All TPWD news releases available online:
www.tpwd.state.tx.us/newsmedia/releases/ or on our twitter site @tpwdnews, @tpwdhunt or @tpwdparks
March 28, 2013
• TPWD Approves Changes to Fishing Regulations
AUSTIN — The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department has adopted fishing regulation changes on two largemouth bass fisheries in East Texas, and new possession rules in state waters for aquatic resources taken in the EEZ (Exclusive Economic Zone) as part of the 2013-14 Statewide Recreational and Commercial Fishing Proclamation.
• Lake Austin Pumps out Another Toyota ShareLunker [News Images]
ATHENS—Lake Austin continued to solidify its ranking as one of the best trophy bass lakes in Texas with Toyota ShareLunker 548, caught March 27 by Round Rock angler Colin Pack while fishing in a Texas Tournament Zone tournament.
• Franklin Mountains State Park to Grow by More Than 600 Acres
AUSTIN — The Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission at its Thursday meeting approved the acquisition of approximately 658 acres to expand a state park in El Paso that already ranks as the largest urban park in the continental United States.
March 27, 2013
• Blood Alcohol Task Force Formed In Burnet County — On-call phlebotomists will draw blood from DWI, BWI suspects starting April 1
AUSTIN – A coalition of prosecutors and law enforcement organizations have a new tool in the fight to save lives and stop driving and boating while intoxicated in the Highland Lakes west of Austin: a new, 24-hour blood sampling process that will start April 1 based in Burnet. The new system is supported by a broad coalition called the Burnet County Blood Alcohol Taskforce, which includes Texas Game Wardens.
• Lesser Prairie-Chicken Aerial Survey Begins 2nd Year — Oil and Gas Industry To Help Fund Multi-State Effort [News Images]
LUBBOCK – This month, wildlife experts are starting the second annual aerial survey to assess lesser prairie-chicken populations across five states, part of a multi-state collaboration to conserve the bird, as federal authorities consider whether to list it as a threatened species. New this year: oil and gas companies have committed $150,000 to help fund aerial survey work.
March 25, 2013
• National Tartan Day Set at Abilene State Park — Park to Host Second-Annual Celtic Heritage Celebration [News Images]
TUSCOLA—The Celtic celebration lives on for weeks past Saint Patrick’s Day during the upcoming Second-Annual National Tartan Day Festival, scheduled for Sat. April 6 at Abilene State Park.
March 21, 2013
• 54.3-pound Blue Catfish Sets New Mark for Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center [News Images]
• Louisiana Angler Lands Latest ShareLunker [News Images]
Video News Reports
Birding in Texas – Great Texas Birding Classic Deadline Approaching.
A Video News Report and Press Release is now available on our site.
See the YouTube video at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Plz7HDDzpqA&feature=share&list=PL97C99D8AB6E729E5
For a high resolution download on our site, click on the link
http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/files/video/
Look for “MarchVNR_Birding in Texas” There is a split track version and a mixed audio version with CG, both in HD.
News Briefs and Upcoming Events
Bird is the Word
March is flying by, and the April 1 deadline to register for the Great Texas Birding Classic will be upon us in a matter of days. News outlets can plan to cover this annual birding competition as it expands from the Gulf coast to the entire state for the first time.
The Birding Classic occurs from April 15- May 15. Participants and teams choose which day to participate that month based on what best fits their schedule allowing everyone to compete at their own leisure.
All proceeds raised during this tournament are put towards conservation grants for birding and habitat restoration and enhancement projects throughout the state. Some winning teams will help select which projects are funded.
The deadline to register for the Birding Classic is this Monday, April 1. To register, visit www.birdingclassic.org. For more information, or to arrange news coverage, contact Shelly Plante at 512-241-9163 or shelly.plante@tpwd.state.tx.us.
News outlets are invited to do a final story with the results of the month long event, and a “during the event” story with a team as a local angle. To connect to a team, contact Shelly Plante.
For a news release with more information and links to news photos, visit: http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/newsmedia/releases/?req=20130306a=
Numbers Show State Game Wardens Stayed Busy in 2012
Statistics compiled by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s Law Enforcement Division show that state game wardens made contact with more than 1.6 million people last year.
Most of those 1,642,821 individuals were people out fishing and hunting, but the figure includes other types of contacts, from Texans who attended outdoor events organized by wardens to those arrested for driving while intoxicated.
From those public contacts, game wardens filed 10,491 criminal cases, offenses ranging from not having a hunting or fishing license to major felonies. Of those, 82.28 percent resulted in convictions.
Besides hunting and fishing enforcement, the historic bedrock of conservation enforcement, the role of today’s wardens has expanded to new areas, including investigation of environmental crimes involving activities like toxic waste dumping.
Last year, wardens handled 31 environmental investigations.
Beyond their enforcement work, game wardens do outreach and education in the community, putting on educational-recreational events and programs. That includes a special effort to reach new audiences, including urban families and ethnic minorities.
Last year, game wardens counted 51,777 participants from underrepresented communities attending Operation Outdoor events they presented.
Easter Egg hunt with GPS held at McKinney Falls State Park
Come geocache for Easter prizes at McKinney Falls State Park’s annual EasterCache event 10 a.m. through 4 p.m. Sunday. Geocache 101 workshops will be held on the hour at the park’s visitor center with caches scattered throughout the park. Visitors may borrow a GPS unit at the visitor center or bring their own device or smart phone to participate in the event. Those who complete either the BunnyCache for children up to 6 or find many or all of the EasterCache geocaches will be given prizes when they present their completed cards to the visitor center. This event is free after park admission and open to the public. State Park Pass holders and children 12 and younger are admitted to the park without charge. For more information contact the park’s education ranger at 512-415-8793 or amber.conrad@tpwd.state.tx.us.
Calendar
For events in your area, visit our calendar section at http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/calendar/


Spring turkey season is upon us, and you’re gearing up to match wits with this wiley species which boasts a population of 500,000 in Texas.
This year, hunters can focus their attention on coaxing old boss toms, with relatively few gullible two-year-old birds available, but will also have to contend with curious jakes, according to Texas Parks and Wildlife biologists. Read more about the forecast and the lingering impacts the 2011 drought will have on the spring season.

The eyes and ears of a turkey make it one of the most challenging of all Texas game animals. Follow along in this video as a group of hunters gets out-smarted by these elusive gobblers again and again.
Rio Grande Turkey Spring Hunting Season
• South Zone, 54 counties, March 16 through April 28.
• North Zone, 101 counties, March 30 through May 12.
• Special one-gobbler zone, 8 counties, April 1 through April 30
Eastern Turkey Spring Hunting Season
• Eastern Zone, 28 counties, April 15-May 14. All harvested Eastern turkeys must be taken to a check station within 24 hours.
Check for opening dates in your county.
Find information on licenses and regulations. An upland game bird stamp endorsement ($7) is required to hunt turkey in addition to a hunting license.
Need a place to hunt? TPWD’s public hunting program offers the opportunity to participate in low cost, family oriented, walk-in hunts for turkeys. Access for turkey hunting is provided by the $48 Annual Public Hunting (APH) Permit. A new online map feature allows for “virtual scouting” of nearly 1 million acres of public hunting areas. Hunting opportunities can also be found on the National Forest and Grasslands of Texas as well as Corps of Engineer lands scattered across the state.
Hunt safely with review of tips, such as:
1. Leave the area if you suspect there’s another hunter already working the same bird.
2. Resist the urge to stalk turkey sounds. It is nearly impossible to sneak up on a turkey – they see and hear the slightest movements. Stalking is one of the most common causes of incidents.
3. Pick your spot in open timber rather than thick brush. Eliminating movement and excess noise is more critical to success than hiding in heavy cover. Camouflage clothing also helps.


This is the BOGGY MAN................. father of the monkey man

with a catch of crappie

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The monkey man after this weekends turkey hunt in south Texas..

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TPWD News Digest for the Week of March 14-21, 2013
(Upcoming events are located under “Briefs”)
All TPWD news releases available online:
www.tpwd.state.tx.us/newsmedia/releases/ or on our twitter site @tpwdnews, @tpwdhunt or @tpwdparks
March 21, 2013
• 54.3-pound Blue Catfish Sets New Mark for Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center [News Images]
ATHENS—Jordan Rethmeier of Garland and his father often fish in Lake Zebco, the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center’s stocked casting pond. They’ve caught some big catfish, but Saturday, March 16, produced the biggest yet, a new water body record blue catfish.
• Louisiana Angler Lands Latest ShareLunker [News Images]
ATHENS—Donald Deville of Ville Platte, Louisiana makes regular visits to Lake Fork with friends and family to fish for big bass, but he had never landed a double-digit fish.
March 20, 2013
• Whooping Crane Migration Watch Gets Under Way
AUSTIN — Heralding an early start to spring, whooping cranes began breaking camp at wintering grounds in Texas sooner than usual and are making their way back north.
• Get Ready for Summer Fun at Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center April 6
ATHENS—The annual Outdoor Fools Day event at the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center in Athens has two goals: To let you know what’s out there to enjoy, and to teach you how to do it.
• Lake Amon G. Carter Produces Toyota ShareLunker 546 [News Images]
ATHENS—Once again an angler has proved it’s not the size of the lake that counts, it’s the size of the fish in the lake—at least when it comes to catching big bass.
March 15, 2013
• Learn to Mountain Bike and Camp Like a Pro — Stephen F. Austin State Park Hosting Biking Weekend as Part of Texas Outdoor Family Program [News Images]
SAN FELIPE—Staff at Texas State Parks began the Texas Outdoor Family (TOF) program a few years ago to encourage more people to get outside and enjoy the sights and sounds of the Texas Outdoors—teaching entire groups of people the basics of camping and outdoor safety.
Video News Reports
Images For Conservation – State Parks offer Photography Contest
A Video News Report and Press Release is now available on our site called “Images for Conservation.” Shooting nature photography as a way to protect Texas wildlife is the goal of an annual professional photography contest called Images for Conservation. And for the past five years, the contest has brought pro-photographers and landowners together to share prize money in the hundreds of thousands. This year, there is also something new for all photographers – a photo contest in Texas State Parks! From now until the end of April, visitors can capture moments like sunsets, wildlife and historic icons and enter for a chance to win a video camera, weekend excursion at a state park or up to six people at a Texas Outdoor Family workshop. Texas Parks and Wildlife follows two photographers as they work from dawn ‘til dusk for that perfect shot.
See press release on State Park Photo Contest below.
See the YouTube video at http://youtu.be/7m-xpUs_91M
For a high resolution download on our site, click on the link
http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/files/video/
Look for “MarchVNR_Images for Conservation” There is a split track version and a mixed audio version with CG, both in HD.
Calendar
For events in your area, visit our calendar section at http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/calendar/


 

 

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