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Jan. 19, 2021

Big Bass are Back as Lake Austin Produces Second Toyota ShareLunker Legacy Class Entry of 2021

AUSTIN – In less than a week, the second Legacy Class largemouth bass of the 2021 Toyota ShareLunker season was reeled in at Lake Austin Thursday evening January 14. Angler CJ Oates, from Lago Vista, Texas, caught the 13.02-pounder just a few days after “ShareLunker 586” was claimed at Sam Rayburn.

Jan. 15, 2021

Despite Pandemic, Great Texas Birding Classic Saw Record Participation in 2020

AUSTIN — For the first time, the 24th annual Great Texas Birding Classic (GTBC) took place in fall instead of spring last year after having been postponed due to the public health crisis. The postponement allowed event organizers to further plan and implement health and safety measures. Despite postponement, the event garnered a record 138 teams registered, with a total of 650 participants across the state.

Jan. 13, 2021

More Than 2,600 Visitors Hit the Trails for a First Day Hike at a Texas State Park

AUSTIN— Visitors from across Texas laced up their shoes and packed on plenty of layers to usher in 2021 with a First Day Hike at a Texas State Park. In total, 2,668 people hiked and biked a total of 8,173 miles statewide.

Sam Rayburn Logs First Toyota ShareLunker Legacy Class Bass Entry of 2021

AUSTIN – The second weekend of the 2021 Toyota ShareLunker season produced the first Legacy Class largemouth bass at Sam Rayburn Reservoir. Angler Travis Moore reeled in the 13.44-pounder using a Carolina rig during the Bass Champs tournament Saturday January 9.

Jan. 12, 2021

TPWD Closing Oyster Harvest in Galveston Bay

AUSTIN – The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) is closing TX-1, TX-5, TX-6, TX-7 in Galveston Bay to commercial and recreational oyster harvest beginning at 12:01 a.m. Jan. 16, 2021.

Jan. 8, 2021

Game Warden Field Notes, Jan. 8, 2021

The following items are compiled from recent Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) law enforcement reports.

Dec. 31, 2020

Toyota ShareLunker Program Launches 35th Season this Weekend

AUSTIN – The turning of the calendar to January signals the beginning of the 35th season of the Toyota Sharelunker program. The year-round Toyota Sharelunker program offers four levels of participation for catching bass over 8 pounds or 24 inches in Texas.

Dec. 22, 2020

Enjoy Miles of Fun in 2021 on a First Day Hike at a Texas State Park

AUSTIN— Start the new year in nature with a First Day Hike at a Texas State Park. This New Year’s Day, walk, bike or paddle your way into 2021 on a First Day Hike at 89 Texas State Parks.

Disfruta millas de diversión en este 2021 en una Excursión del Día Primero en un Parque Estatal de Texas

AUSTIN — Inicia el Año Nuevo en la naturaleza con una Excursión del Día Primero en un parque estatal.  Este día primero del año podrás caminar, andar en bicicleta o remar para iniciar este 2021 en uno de los 89 parques estatales de Texas.

Dec. 18, 2020

Two Texas Game Wardens Recognized as Officers of the Year

AUSTIN — Two Texas Game Wardens were recognized this week for their outstanding efforts and contributions toward supporting the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s (TPWD) mission.