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May 6, 2021

"Bowhunter By Fall" Aims to Help Archers Get Ready to Hit the Field this Fall

AUSTIN –Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s (TPWD) Community Archery Program wants to help Texans learn how to harvest their own meals, join a tradition in the outdoors, and improve on or learn a new skill through “Bowhunter by Fall” .Through monthly and bi-monthly e-newsletters filled with videos and tips, archers can learn how to travel from behind the keyboard to behind the bow just in time for the fall hunting season.

May 4, 2021

Federal Red Snapper Season Opens June 1

AUSTIN- The private recreational angler red snapper season in federal water opens Tuesday, June 1, 2021. Bag and size limits will remain unchanged. The regulations are 2 fish per person daily with a 16-inch minimum size limit in federal waters, and 4 fish per person daily with a 15-inch minimum in state waters. Red snapper caught in federal waters count as part of the state bag limit of 4 fish. No more than 4 red snapper may be in your possession while fishing in state waters and no more than 2 in federal waters.

April 30, 2021

Texas State Parks Provide Physical, Mental and Economic Benefits for Texans

AUSTIN, TX — Each year over 8 million people visit Texas State Parks, a number that continues to increase. Texas State Parks provide more than just recreation but also help enhance the well-being of Texans. Studies have shown that time spent outdoors can help improve mood, problem-solving abilities and physical health.

Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center Announces Inaugural “Spring Spawning Run”

ATHENS — The Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center is hosting the first statewide virtual 5K “Spring Spawning Run” to celebrate the fish spawning season and recognize the importance of state fish hatchery efforts to enhance the fisheries resources and fishing opportunities for more than two million anglers in Texas. This year’s 5k run will take place virtually the entire month of May, which means participants can show their support from anywhere in the state at their own pace.

April 29, 2021

Lone Star Land Steward Ecoregion Award Winners, Virtual Banquet Date Announced

AUSTIN – Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) is proud to reveal the 2021 Lone Star Land Steward Ecoregion Award winners. This year’s group of award winners represent a variety of conservation goals and accomplishments, all of which display excellence in natural resource management and stewardship.

April 27, 2021

Zebra Mussels Detected at Lake Brownwood

AUSTIN – The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) has detected invasive zebra mussels at Lake Brownwood in the Colorado River Basin, southeast of Abilene. Zebra mussel larvae were detected in plankton samples collected at two sites approximately three miles apart at Lake Brownwood in November. This is the second lake in the Upper Colorado River Basin where zebra mussels have now been detected, which indicates this species is continuing to spread westward.

April 22, 2021

Bipartisan Bill to Help Declining Wildlife Introduced on Earth Day in Congress

AUSTIN — With as many as one-third of America’s fish and wildlife species on the brink of becoming threatened or endangered, a bill introduced April 22 on Earth Day in Congress seeks to reverse this trend, while creating thousands of new jobs and investing in the outdoor recreation economy. The bipartisan proposal has nationwide support from conservationists, hunters, anglers, businesspeople, and the outdoor recreation industry.

April 20, 2021

Catfish Stocking Heading Back to Neighborhood Fishin’ Lakes in Texas

AUSTIN – Spring is in the air and with that comes one of Texas’ best spring traditions, angling for catfish. The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s Neighborhood Fishin’ program enables friends and families to stay close to home, enjoy time in the outdoors, and have the chance to reel in a catfish.

Regresan Los Bagres del Programa de Pesca en la Vecindad en Texas

AUSTIN — Ya se siente la primavera y con eso viene una de las mejores tradiciones de Texas: la pesca de bagre.  El programa de Pesca en la Vecindad o Neighborhood Fishin’ del Departamento de Parques y Vida Silvestre de Texas permite que los amigos y las familias se mantengan cerca de casa, disfruten tiempo al aire libre y tengan la oportunidad de pescar.

April 19, 2021

Toyota ShareLunker Program Enjoys Banner Season

ATHENS – The 2021 Toyota ShareLunker collection season will go in the books as one of the best in the history of the program. Anglers landed 23 ShareLunkers at 10 different lakes across the state, the most during a January through March timespan since the 1995 season which produced 27. Five new lake records were established, four lakes made their mark on the program with a first ever entry, and milestone ShareLunker 600 was caught in this year’s group.