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Choose from a variety of high quality hunts across Texas. Entries cost $0 to $10; Youth Only category entries are always free. Browse by location or category and apply for your favorite hunts today.

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TPW Commission Meeting, August 21-22, 2019, TPWD Headquarters, Austin, TX.

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Big Time Texas Hunts Entries are on Sale Now!

Gemsbok Mason Mountain

For the past 20 + years, Big Time Texas Hunts has offered you a chance to win premium hunting opportunities that support wildlife conservation and habitat management. This year, we are proud to offer 10 premium hunting packages on some of the best private ranches and TPWD Wildlife Management Areas across Texas! Enter now for only $9 online or $10 at your local license retailer.

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Stop Invasive Species this Boating Season

Play Now Clean, Drain, Dry Your Boat

Boaters, you have an important role to play in protecting the lakes we love from invasive species. Invaders like giant salvinia and zebra mussels can hitch a ride on your boats and trailers. What can you do to help? Always clean, drain, and dry your boat, trailer, and gear before traveling from lake to lake.

Do you store your boat in the water? If there are zebra mussels in that lake, they have very likely attached to your boat. Before moving it to another lake, decontaminate it. Call us at (512) 389-4848 for guidance.

Watch TPW Television

Airing on PBS this Week

Play Now Saving Sharks, Trail Family Ranch & Campus Camper PBS

Saving Sharks, Trail Family Ranch & Campus Camper

Sharks are disappearing from the world's oceans at an alarming rate but efforts are underway along the Texas coast to help save these wolves of the ocean. Recognizing that habitat restoration doesn't happen overnight, one Texas family has taken a step-by-step approach to managing their ranch. Palo Duro Canyon's youngest park host has found a way to save money on housing while attending college.

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Texas Parks & Wildlife Magazine

July 2019 Texas Parks & Wildlife Magazine cover

In this Issue:
The Secret World of Moths


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Activities and Programs

Summer Fun

Summer Fun

Sun's out, fun's out! Swim, paddle and explore at a Texas State Park.

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Neighborhood Fishin'

Dad and son fishing

Catch your catfish close to home at Neighborhood Fishin' lakes and ponds. Help your kid hook a keeper!

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Never Use Non-Gulf Shrimp as Bait

How to look for imported shrimp

If you fish with bait shrimp, it's illegal to use anything but native shrimp from the Gulf. Imported shrimp can carry a virus that can kill our native shrimp, crayfish and crabs. Shrimp from any other country or any non-Gulf state is considered imported, and it cannot be used as bait. Familiarize yourself with common imported shrimp and the 4 acceptable types of bait shrimp. If you buy frozen bait shrimp, check the origin on the package.


Return of the River Otter

River Otter

River otters are considered a “sentinel species” because they're very sensitive to pollution. By the 1970s they were reduced to a small population in Texas. But river otters are making a comeback and have been seen as far west as Austin. Watch this video of an otter having lunch at Fairfield Lake State Park. The otter's return indicates the waterways they enjoy are relatively healthy, good news for us all. Look for them on Texas Paddling Trails and the Great Texas Wildlife Trails in East Texas.

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