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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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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 Goliad Paddling, Protecting Deer & Conservation Art PBS

Goliad Paddling, Protecting Deer & Conservation Art

Goliad State Park & Historic Site is known for its connection to history. It also has a connection to the San Antonio River as part of the Goliad Paddling Trail. Protecting Texas' deer population is Ryan Schoeneberg’s job and his passion. Through the vanishing art of lithography, a Fort Worth artist captures a conserved habitat and its wildlife in living color.

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5 Winter Birding Hotspots

Winter Birding

Winter birding offers relief from the heat and an opportunity to see new and rare feathered visitors to the state. It's time to put on your woolen cap and bundle up with some beautiful birds in some of the best birding areas of Texas.

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Hunting, Fishing & Boating

Get Your New Outdoor Annual

Outdoor Annual

The new hunting and fishing comes with new season dates, rules and regulations. Be sure you're in the know when you're afield or afloat. Pick up a copy of the new Outdoor Annual when you buy your license, or download the free app now. You can also find regulation information at OutdoorAnnual.com. This year, the Outdoor Annual also includes boating regulations!

State Parks

Download the Official App for Texas State Parks!

State Parks App

Now find your perfect state park escape using the Texas State Parks Official Guide for Apple and Android devices. The free app locates campgrounds, cabins, trails and places to hike, bike, swim, fish or kayak. And it'll give you all the details on 95 state parks in Texas.

Learn more about the app


4 Recipes to Dress Up Venison for the Holidays

Preparing Venison

Ready to embrace your inner chef? Texas Parks & Wildlife magazine visited chef Jesse Griffiths' venison prep class and came away with 4 venison recipes for pho soup, chorizo sausage, liver pâte and stuffed venison flank. There's sure to be one that will wow your holiday crowd, whatever the event.

If you have a favorite venison recipe you'd like to spice up, the story also includes a list of herbs, spices and other flavorings that complement deer meat. Serve your wild game harvest with pride and have a savory holiday!


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.

Learn How to Clean, Drain and Dry »


Tracking Downed Game

Kyle tracking game

Every responsible hunter wants to make a clean shot, one that takes down game within sight. But even with a well-placed shot, you may find yourself trailing a wounded animal to recover it. Be prepared by reading Texas Parks & Wildlife magazine's tips to track and recover wounded game.

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