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Nov. 20, 2020

TPWD Asks Public to Report Rabbit Mortality Events

AUSTIN — In April, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) received test results confirming that Rabbit Hemorrhagic Disease (RHDV) was found in several species of wild rabbits in Texas. Since June, TPWD, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC) have not confirmed any new cases in wild rabbit populations in Texas. However, TPWD is seeking input from the public, especially hunters, asking that they report any dead rabbits found this fall and winter.

Nov. 19, 2020

Safely Make Your Holidays Merry and Bright at a Texas State Park, THC Historic Site

AUSTIN— Although holiday celebrations look a little different this year, Texas State Parks and the Texas Historical Commission State Historic Sites are hosting more than 50 events across the state to help bring in some holiday cheer. Starting this Saturday, Nov. 21, 32 Texas State Parks and six State Historic Sites are presenting Thanksgiving and Christmas themed scavenger hunts, self-guided walks and virtual events.

Nov. 18, 2020

Texas Winter Tradition Returns with Rainbow Trout Stocking

AUSTIN – November marks the beginning of a winter tradition in Texas for anglers of all ages across the state as the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department begins stocking thousands of rainbow trout November 25. The easy to catch rainbow trout are delicious table fare and can be found on many restaurant menus.

LA TRUCHA ARCO IRIS REGRESA A TEXAS

AUSTIN – Este noviembre regresa una gran tradición invernal para pescadores de todas las edades. A partir del 25 de noviembre, el Departamento de Parques y Vida Silvestre abastecerá miles de truchas en Texas. La trucha arco iris es fácil de pescar, y es deliciosa como comida. De hecho, se puede encontrar en muchos menús de restaurantes.

Nov. 16, 2020

Goose Island Reopens Fishing Pier, Bayfront, Bayfront Campsites

ROCKPORT— After suffering damages from Hurricane Harvey more than three years ago, Goose Island State Park has reopened its new fishing pier, bayfront area and bayfront campsites to the public.

Hunters Reminded to Report Their Harvest During Upcoming Antlerless Season

AUSTIN — Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) wants to remind hunters to report their harvests during the upcoming antlerless deer season, Nov 26 — 29.

Nov. 13, 2020

Recent Data Shows that Hunter Education Improves Hunting and Shooting Sports Safety

AUSTIN — According to the 2019 Texas Hunting Incident Analysis, Texas has seen a substantial decrease in hunting-related accidents and fatalities since Hunter Education became mandatory in 1988. That year, over 18,000 Texans received their Hunter Education certification, but 12 fatalities and 70 accidents were still reported throughout the state. As more Texans have taken to the field and obtained their Hunter Education certification, these numbers have improved, with over 56,000 certifications in 2019 and only 1 fatality, and 21 accidents, reported statewide.

Texas Parks and Wildlife Teams Up with the City of Abilene for Trout Fest 2020

AUSTIN – Grab your fishing poles and mark your calendars for December 5-15 to participate in Trout Fest 2020 at Cal Young Park Pond in Abilene. The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department is teaming up with the City of Abilene to host the event that is open to anglers of all ages.

Nov. 12, 2020

Community Archery Programming Provides Training for the Next Generation of Archers

AUSTIN — Hunting season throughout Texas is already in full swing but Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s (TPWD) Community Archery Program aims to help future hunters prepare for next season or find a hobby with archery sports. Adaptive and accessible to most any audience, the program helps to facilitate the spread of archery skills to those hoping to bring home a meal of wild game, competitive archers and even target shooters who simply enjoy the social and health benefits that the sport has to offer.

Commission Approves Changes to Texas Exotic Aquatic Species Regulations

AUSTIN – The Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission approved changes to regulations regarding harmful or potentially harmful fish, shellfish and aquatic plants along with associated fee rules on Tuesday November 10. The changes not only impact permit holders, but there are several key changes relevant to the general public. These new regulations go into effect January 11, 2021.