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Oct. 17, 2012

Largemouth Bass at Lake Sweetwater: Feast or Famine?

ATHENS — Lake Sweetwater, the small—and shrinking—emerald jewel of West Texas lakes, is loaded with largemouth bass. However, a dropping water level and declining bluegill numbers could signal trouble ahead for Sweetwater’s bass.

Oct. 16, 2012

Toyota ShareLunker 537 Comes from Lake Austin

ATHENS—Bennett Cowan of San Marcos caught Toyota ShareLunker 537 about 2:00 a.m. October 16 from Lake Austin.

Whooping Crane Migration Watch Gets Under Way

AUSTIN — Endangered whooping cranes have begun their annual 2,400-mile fall migration from Canada to Texas. As the rare birds approach Texas, a new citizen science initiative is inviting Texas residents and visitors to help collect sightings of whoopers.

Oct. 12, 2012

Multi-State Group Reports Range-Wide Population Estimate For Lesser Prairie Chicken

AUSTIN – Through a multi-state collaborative effort, the first statistically-valid, range-wide population estimate for the lesser prairie chicken is an estimated 37,170 birds, according to a new report. The survey results could be significant as the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service prepares its proposed rule expected in November about whether to list the species under the federal Endangered Species Act.

Oct. 9, 2012

Halloween at the Hatchery Coming Up October 25

ATHENS—The Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center will host the annual Halloween at the Hatchery the evening of Thursday, October 25.

Former ShareLunker Program Manager Inducted into National Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame

ATHENS—David L. Campbell, a retired employee of Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) and long-time manager of TPWD’s ShareLunker program, has been notified of his induction into the National Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame in Hayward, Wisconsin, in recognition of his contributions to the sport and heritage of freshwater fishing.

Oct. 5, 2012

‘Old Baldy’ named Austin’s Tree of the Year

AUSTIN – After a wonderful birthday celebration ‘Old Baldy’ the beloved McKinney Falls State Park bald cypress  is again in the news, this time as the City of Austin’s official 2012 Tree of the Year.

Oct. 3, 2012

Outdoors Halloween Events Scheduled at Texas State Parks

AUSTIN – If you’re looking for a different and healthier way to help your youngsters celebrate Halloween, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department invites you to visit its state parks and fisheries centers for some special treats.

Game Warden Field Notes, Oct. 3, 2012

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

Oct. 2, 2012

Immerse Yourself in Texas History This Month

AUSTIN – When most people think about Texas State Parks, natural gems such as Palo Duro Canyon, Garner and Inks Lake come to mind. But the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department also operates dozens of sites throughout the state dedicated to bringing history to life. TPWD has designated history as the Outdoor Activity of the Month for October.