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[ General Media Contact: Business Hours, 512-389-4406 ]
[ Additional Contacts: Larry Hodge, (903) 343-2872, larry.hodge@tpwd.texas.gov; Randy Brudnicki, (512) 497-1797, randy.brudnicki@tpwd.texas.gov ]
Sept. 19, 2013
Follow the Action on Twitter from the Texas Toyota Bass Classic Oct. 4-6
ATHENS--Anyone can have a front-row tweet at this year's Toyota Texas Bass Classic (TTBC) October 4--6 thanks to a Texas Parks and Wildlife Department tweet-along.
Texas Parks & Wildlife magazine publisher and bass angler Randy Brudnicki will tweet throughout the tournament, which features the top 50 anglers in the country competing for the world championship of bass fishing.
In addition to tweeting about the fishing action, Brudnicki will let followers know what is happening in the TPWD Family Fun Zone, the Toyota Off-Road Ride and Drive area and the concert stage as well as the dramatic weigh-ins each evening.
Follow Brudnicki at www.twitter.com/TPWDFish or www.twitter.com/TPWDBass.
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[ General Media Contact: Business Hours, 512-389-4406 ]
[ Additional Contacts: Mark Stewart, Lake Ray Roberts SP, (940) 686-2148 or mark.stewart@tpwd.texas.govRob McCorkle, TPWD, (830) 866-3533 or robert.mccorkle@tpwd.texas.gov ]
Sept. 19, 2013
Ray Roberts Lake State Park to Host 2nd Annual GreenFest on the Greenbelt
DENTON -- Ray Roberts Lake State Park, Greenbelt Alliance and the City of Denton will host the 2nd Annual GreenFest on Greenbelt from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 28 at Ray Roberts Lake State Park - Greenbelt Park on FM 455.
The family-focused event will celebrate the Greenbelt Park at Ray Roberts Lake State Park through fun experiential outdoor activities, live music and food. The primary focus of this event is to highlight activities that can be experienced at Ray Roberts Lake State Park and other Texas State Parks.
Highlighted events will include archery, rock climbing, kayaking, biking and geocaching. Bicycles will be provided for attendees to explore the greenbelt. Grammy Award-winning band Brave Combo will be performing from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Other musical entertainment will be provided by Mi Son, Mi Son, Mi Son and AM Ramblers. Demonstrations and other entertainment will include: historians and artisans of the Cross Timbers eco-region, reptile exhibits, pony rides and a kid-sized inflatable obstacle course and slide. The Blackland Prairie Raptor Center will feature birds of prey. Dogs are welcome, but must be leashed at all times.
"The second annual GreenFest on the Greenbelt is a great opportunity for families to come out and enjoy a fun day outdoors together, says Chris True, Ray Roberts Lake State Park superintendent. "The wide range of activities will ensure that we have something fun for everyone to enjoy."
Event proceeds will benefit Greenbelt Alliance, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation of Ray Roberts Lake State Park -- Greenbelt Park. The Greenbelt Park, a 20 mile multi-use trail (equestrian, hike and bike use), is rich in cultural and natural resources, including old growth forests, native flora and fauna and the Elm Fork Branch of the Trinity River. Funds will be used for continuing and future projects that help to achieve Texas Parks and Wildlife Department goals of conserving Texas' natural and cultural resources, along with providing outdoor recreational opportunities for current and future generations of Texas.
Tickets are $5 per person if purchased in advance at www.friendsofthegreenbelt.org or $7 per person if purchased at the event. Children under six years of age get in free. State park entrance fees will be waived for event attendees. For more information, please visit www.friendsofthegreenbelt.org or call the state park at (940) 686-2148.

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[ Media Contact: Steve Lightfoot, 512-389-4701, steve.lightfoot@tpwd.texas.gov ] [SL]
Sept. 19, 2013
Streamlined Texas Hunter Education Process Takes Effect
AUSTIN - Beginning Thursday, September 19, hunters who need to complete the state's required hunter education will have expanded contemporary options designed to be more convenient, flexible and accessible.
Anyone born after Sept. 1, 1971, must successfully complete a hunter education training course or purchase a one-time deferral good for one license year in order to hunt legally in Texas. The certification is valid for life and is honored in all other states and provinces.
The new options for hunter education certification include a streamlined, one-day basic course and an option for anyone 17 years of age or older to take the hunting safety training completely online. The combination online home study and 4 to 5 hour skills field day course will still be offered, as well as advanced hunter education and in high school and college courses across the state.
The basic course will introduce and demonstrate skills focused on essential core competencies of safe, legal and ethical hunting.
Since mandatory hunter education first started in 1988, the number of hunting accidents and hunting fatalities has steadily declined to less than 3 per 100,000 hunters. Few accidents involved those who had completed hunter education.