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Dec. 8, 2020

Winter Season Offers Multiple Opportunities for Texas Bird Hunters

AUSTIN — While winter in Texas is often synonymous with spending dawn and dusk in a deer blind, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) wants to remind hunters of the various upland and migratory bird hunting seasons that are still open throughout the colder months.

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. 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.

Oct. 26, 2020

Modest Quail Numbers Expected Statewide Ahead of Season Opener

AUSTIN — Quail season opens in Texas on Oct. 31 and while the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s (TPWD) surveys have returned relatively low quail numbers in comparison to previous years, hunters hitting the field this season will see more favorable conditions in certain portions of the state.

June 29, 2020

Big Time Texas Hunts Offers First Ever Guided Hunting and Fishing Trip at Powderhorn WMA

AUSTIN — For the first time in its 20-year history, a lucky winner has a chance to claim not one, but two one-of-a-kind experiences through the same package as part of the Big Time Texas Hunts drawing. One fortunate outdoorsman or woman and a guest can claim a guided saltwater fishing trip in tandem with a new big game hunting package at Powderhorn Wildlife Management Area, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s newest WMA on Matagorda Bay.

Oct. 23, 2019

Wildlife Experts Predict Quality Quail Hunting Ahead of Season Opener Oct. 26

AUSTIN – With quail hunting season opening Saturday, Oct. 26 statewide, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department wildlife biologists predict average to above-average prospects across most of the state.

Oct. 11, 2019

Game Warden Field Notes, Oct. 11, 2019

The following items are compiled from recent Texas Parks and Wildlife law enforcement reports.

Aug. 22, 2019

TPW Commission Recognize Prosecutor of the Year Award Winner, Quail Forever Donation

AUSTIN— The Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission (TPW) recognized Prosecutor of the Year award winner Wiley “Sonny” McAfee and Quail Forever during today’s meeting for their contributions and efforts supporting the agency mission to conserve and manage the state’s natural and cultural resources.

July 23, 2019

Texas Statewide Quail Symposium Set for Aug. 14-16 in Abilene

ABILENE — Quail enthusiasts, get ready for the return of the Texas Statewide Quail Symposium Aug. 14-16. This semi-annual conference brings together quail experts from across the state and beyond to discuss current topics of interest in quail conservation and management.

April 23, 2019

Lone Star Land Steward Regional Award Winners Announced

AUSTIN – The ability to manage land in difficult times, through extended dry periods, floods, wildfires and economic downturns, is the hallmark of a good land steward. In spite of the challenges, many owners of rural land continue to safeguard the wildlife, fields, forests and waters of Texas, even though many urban residents may not know it.