Hunting and Fishing

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Lifetime License Drawing

The Lifetime License Drawing is your chance to win a Lifetime Super Combo License ($1,800 value) that lets you hunt and fish in Texas without ever buying another state license. There is one final chance to win this year: enter by November 30.

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State Parks

Reservation Improvements in 2019

Camping in a Tyler State Park

New ways to plan your state park visits are coming in early 2019. You'll have access to new online and mobile-friendly features to be able to:

  • Pick Your Site – Reserve specific campsites or overnight facilities in advance
  • Reserve Day Use – Buy a “Save The Day” Pass in advance, ensuring your entry to any park
  • Buy Your Parks Pass – Buy or renew your Texas State Parks Pass online

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Play Now Natural Connection, Room to Roam & Pocket Prairies PBS

Natural Connection, Room to Roam & Pocket Prairies

From the brush country of South Texas to the mountains of West Texas, meet two women whose outdoor interests are as different as the landscapes. The management goal of one West Texas ranch is to maintain native resources and provide ample habitat for wildlife. The Katy Prairie Conservancy has partnered with a dozen schools to create small urban prairies that are helping nature as well as students.

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Magazine

5 Parks for Fall Colors

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The best autumn color often peaks shortly after the first frost, usually around late October or November. This month, Texas Parks & Wildlife magazine features 5 parks for seeing the colors. So get out and enjoy some of the best weather of the year and one of the best times to visit a Texas state park.

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Activities and Programs

Fall for Parks

Fall for Parks

Autumn in Texas brings some of the best weather of the year! Enjoy the crisp fall season with a colorful hike, a feast in the park, or a camping getaway.

Celebrate the Fall

Fishing

Rainbow Trout Return

Rainbow Trout

These stockings won't be found hanging by the chimney, but they'll still bring plenty of joy this winter. Rainbow trout are at 19 designated Neighborhood Fishin' lakes in 10 urban areas of Texas, plus more than 150 other sites statewide.

Neighborhood Fishin' near you

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Hunting

You Can Judge a Buck by Its Antlers

You Can Judge a Buck by Its Antlers

In some counties, you can only take a buck if its antlers have an inside spread of 13” or more. To estimate if a buck has 13” between the main beams, look at his ears. If an alert buck's antler beams don't extend beyond its ear tips, it's probably NOT legal. This video will show you the best way to judge a buck by its antlers.

Boating

Duck Hunters: Protect the Lakes You Love

Play Now Clean, Drain, Dry Your Boat

Invasive species like giant salvinia can grow quickly and cover expanses of fresh water, blocking access for hunters to prime waterfowl hunting areas. Invasive species can move to new lakes by hitching a ride on your boat, trailer or gear. Stop the spread and protect the lakes you love by always taking time to clean, drain and dry your boat, trailer and gear when you travel from lake to lake.

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Fishing

Fish the Texas Paddling Trails

Fish the Texas Paddling Trails

Ready to sneak up on some big fish? Try kayak fishing on one of the Texas Paddling Trails. You'll have access to more than 70 bays, streams, rivers, ponds and more, with kayak/canoe rentals nearby. These well-marked trails even have signs describing what fish you can catch and suggested lures.

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