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Dec. 8, 2023

TPWD Opening Two Oyster Harvest Areas, Closing One in Matagorda Bay

AUSTIN – The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) will open TX-19 and TX-20 in Matagorda Bay to commercial and recreational oyster harvest beginning at 12:01 a.m. Dec. 13. At the same time, the department will close TX-13 in Matagorda Bay.

Chronic Wasting Disease Detected in Free-Range Coleman County Deer

AUSTIN — Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) received confirmation of a case of chronic wasting disease (CWD) in Coleman County, marking the first detection in the county.

Dec. 5, 2023

TPWD Announcement on Fairfield Lake State Park

AUSTIN— Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) will no longer pursue acquisition of the property previously occupied by Fairfield Lake State Park, now owned by FLG Owner, LLC.

Dec. 4, 2023

Official Media Advisory: Panhandle Wildlife Conference Rescheduled in Lubbock Feb. 1,2

Dec. 1, 2023

Official Media Advisory: Public Meetings in Panhandle to Discuss Assistance Programs Aiding in Preservation of Texas Kangaroo Rat

Chronic Wasting Disease Detected at Kerr Wildlife Management Area Captive Deer Research Facility

AUSTIN — Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) biologists have reported a suspect-positive case of Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) in a 14-month-old captive male white-tailed deer at the Kerr Wildlife Management Area (WMA) research facility.  The detection resulted from ante-mortem testing conducted on all captive white-tailed deer as part of ongoing research. Samples from the buck were sent to the National Veterinary Service Laboratory in Iowa for confirmation.

Ring in the Holidays with Texas State Parks

AUSTIN – Texas State Parks is kicking off the holiday season with close to 100 special seasonal activities happening across the state. Visitors of all ages can enjoy themed guided walks, crafting events, educational opportunities and more.

Nov. 30, 2023

RACA Program Adds New Sites for Public Fishing, Paddling Access

AUSTIN – The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) expanded public fishing and paddling opportunities on the Brazos and Colorado rivers thanks to three new leased river access sites through the River Access and Conservation Area (RACA) program.

Texans Encouraged to Practice Bear Safety

AUSTIN — With winter quickly approaching, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) encourages residents in the western, southwestern and northeastern portions of Texas to practice appropriate bear safety measures and report sightings.

Nov. 29, 2023

Public Access Lease Opening for Guadalupe River Trout Fishing

AUSTIN – Texas anglers have access to a premier location for rainbow trout fishing during the peak of the winter stocking season thanks to a Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) “no fee” access lease on the Guadalupe River.