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Dec. 28, 2009

Resolve to Reconnect with Your Family and the Outdoors This New Year

BASTROP, Texas — When considering a New Year’s resolution, try setting a goal to spend more time reconnecting with what matters most — your family and the natural beauty of Texas.

TPWD Limiting Public Hunts on Chaparral WMA to Doves Only

AUSTIN, Texas — Upcoming public hunts on the Chaparral Wildlife Management Area set for Jan. 8-10, 2010, will be limited to doves only due to drought impacts on quail populations.

Dec. 23, 2009

TPWD’s Top 10 Conservation News Stories of 2009

Editors Note: In this issue of TPWD News, we forsake our usual format and provide a summary of the top news stories of 2009. Details about these topics can be found in the department’s online news archive. Please note that TPWD will not be distributing weekly news during the coming holidays. News distribution will resume during the first full week of January, 2010. Happy Holidays!

TPWD Seeks Public Input on Snook Limits

CORPUS CHRISTI — The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department coastal fisheries officials will be hosting a series of public scoping meetings in January to obtain public input regarding potential changes to fishery regulations.

Dec. 21, 2009

Toyota ShareLunker 474 Comes From Falcon Reservoir

ATHENS, Texas — Ever since rains refilled Falcon International Reservoir, TPWD Inland Fisheries biologist Randy Myers has been holding his breath, waiting for the Rio Grande reservoir to start turning out big bass. Myers is now breathing again.

Dec. 18, 2009

Two Harris’ Hawks Seized in North Carolina Returning Home to Texas

HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. — A pair of Harris’ hawks, unlawfully captured in Texas and brought to North Carolina, are being treated to a plane ride back to their south Texas home today, the culmination of nearly two months of effort that included law enforcement officers, raptor biologists, and Delta Air Lines.

Renovations bring LBJ state park’s Sauer-Beckmann Farmstead to life

STONEWALL, Texas — In 1869, German immigrants Johann and Christine Sauer settled on a tract of land in Gillespie County, between Fredericksburg and Johnson City, with their four children. The Sauer family, which grew to include 10 children, built a homestead around their working farm. Their homestead originally grew up around log cabins, but as they became more prosperous, the Sauers erected buildings of native limestone.

Battleship TEXAS updates bring the past alive for visitors

AUSTIN, Texas — It fought in two world wars, saw action in Europe, Africa and the Pacific, traveled more than more than 728,000 miles, as far north as Iceland and as far south as Chile. It is the second longest-serving battleship ever commissioned by the U.S. Navy, in service from 1914 to 1948. Now, thanks in part to increased funds from the Texas Legislature, the Battleship TEXAS is getting an update that will make its long history more accessible and engaging for visitors.

Texas Parks and Wildlife Launches Big Blue Catfish Study

ATHENS, Texas — At a time when many anglers have put away their fishing gear in favor of picking up a .30-06 and heading to the deer lease, a few avid anglers know the cold weather can provide a great opportunity to catch big blue catfish. Although it is not entirely necessary to endure 31-degree temperatures in order to catch big blue catfish, it may help. Those were the conditions when Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) Inland Fisheries staff arrived at Richland-Chambers Reservoir in mid-December as part of a special study on the fish.

Dec. 15, 2009

CO-OP Grants Awarded To 18 Schools, Nonprofits Across Texas

AUSTIN, Texas — Young people and families across Texas will get to experience overnight camping, fishing, and environmental education opportunities thanks to 18 Community Outdoor Outreach Program (CO-OP) grants of up to $50,000 each. Texas Parks and Wildlife Department awarded the grants totaling $627,678 to schools and nonprofit organizations in various cities.