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Oct. 1, 2012

Texas State Parks Geocache Challenge Starts Today

AUSTIN – Grab the Global Positioning System device of your choice and head to a Texas State Park to try to locate hidden “caches” of weatherproof containers in the latest Texas State Park Geocache Challenge. The family friendly challenge kicks off today at almost 90 state parks, historic sites and other TPWD properties.

Sept. 27, 2012

Archery Deer Season a Silent Strong Opener

AUSTIN – Unlike the symphony of shotgun blasts signaling the opening weekend of dove season, few will hear the whisper soft “string music” of archery-only deer season. But, that doesn’t mean there aren’t a lot of hunters making bowstring music; archery hunting stamp sales are up substantially this year, according to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.

Sept. 25, 2012

TPWD Gearing Up for CWD Response during Deer Season

AUSTIN – Wildlife officials are asking mule deer hunters and landowners in far West Texas to familiarize themselves with new protocols developed as part of Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s (TPWD) Chronic Wasting Disease response plan. The plan includes mandatory check stations for harvested mule deer taken inside the CWD Containment Zone, which covers portions of Hudspeth and El Paso counties. See map of CWD zones at

Operation Game Thief Tips Can Now Be Sent by Text

AUSTIN – Just in time for fall hunting season, the Operation Game Thief wildlife crimestoppers program has a new tool expected to increase the number of tips received as well as game law violation convictions.

Sept. 21, 2012

Amie Treuer-Kuehn Selected for Outstanding Women in Texas Government Award

AUSTIN — Amie Treuer-Kuehn, a member of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department IT GIS Lab Landscape Ecology Team, has been recognized for her input in numerous ecological projects and selected for an Outstanding Women in Texas Government Award.

Sept. 20, 2012

Final Field for the Toyota Texas Bass Classic Set

CONROE—With the Professional Anglers Association Angler of the Year race over, Toyota Texas Bass Classic tournament officials are proud to release the final field. The final group of qualifiers comes from the 2012 Bass Pro Shops PAA Tournament Series Presented by Carrot Stix Angler of the Year race, along with four sponsor exemptions. Notable contenders include Angler of the Year Gary Clouse and 2010 TTTBC champion Brian Snowden. The Toyota Texas Bass Classic will take place Sept. 28-30 at the Lone Star Convention & Expo in Conroe.

Campers Now Welcome at Government Canyon State Natural Area

SAN ANTONIO – Just in time for cool, marshmallow-roasting autumn weather, Government Canyon State Natural Area in west Bexar County is opening up its first campground on Oct. 5.

Sept. 19, 2012

Falls Fest 2012 announces festival lineup

Austin – Grab the kids and text your friends: Falls Fest 2012 is Oct. 13 from 10-4 at McKinney Falls State Park. Activities were announced this week for the annual festival which is free after park admission and open to the public.

Sept. 18, 2012

Toyota ShareLunker Season 27 Just Around the Corner

ATHENS—The 27th season of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) Toyota ShareLunker program will begin October 1.

New video series shows how to cook wild fish and game

AUSTIN – A new series of Eat Local: Cooking Texas Style videos from Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) feature Chef Jesse Griffiths, who is also leading Central Market Cooking School classes this fall in Austin, Houston, Dallas, Fort Worth, San Antonio and Southlake. The classes will feature TPWD experts on hand to answer questions about hunting, fishing and the outdoors.