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April 12, 2004

Texas To Implement First-Ever Hunter Education Deferral

AUSTIN, Texas — Taking a practical and innovative step in making hunting more accessible, especially to adults new to the activity, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission has approved a new plan that would defer hunter education certification requirements for as much as one year under certain circumstances.

April 5, 2004

Shooting Range Owners Invited To Discuss Environmental Stewardship

GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas — Shooting ranges present the opportunity to preserve land for future generations. Texas Parks and Wildlife Department hunter education and target range grant program staff have arranged for a free ’Best Management Practices for Shooting Ranges’ seminar at the Grand Prairie Gun Club to help guide range operators, owners and partners about how to create an environmental stewardship plan.

March 22, 2004

Texas Gulf Coast Roundup Enters 7th Year

AUSTIN, Texas — The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department is looking to coastal anglers to help gather specimens for use in hatchery production, research projects and for educational purposes during upcoming Gulf Coast Roundup events.

March 15, 2004

Valley Residents Pioneer Birding for the Blind

EDINBURG, Texas — Supported by Texas Parks and Wildlife Department grant funding, a group of visually impaired people in the Lower Rio Grande Valley is breaking new ground in what may seem an unlikely area-competitive birdwatching for the blind.

TPWD Seeks Public Input on Variety of Resource Issues

AUSTIN, Texas — Gauging stakeholder attitudes and opinions about a variety of proposed changes in hunting and fishing regulations, and related resource issues, is the focus behind a series of Texas Parks and Wildlife Department public hearings continuing across the state during March.

March 3, 2004

Public Meetings To Seek Input on Hunting, Fishing Proposals

AUSTIN, Texas – Hoping to gain public comment on a variety of issues ranging from a temporary deferral hunter education requirements to changes in fishing licenses, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department has scheduled a series of 19 public hearings throughout the state during the month of March.

Feb. 17, 2004

TPWD Employee Recalls Lost History with ‘Buffalo Soldiers’

AUSTIN, Texas – The gray warehouse is easily overlooked in between the industrial buildings just outside of downtown Austin. Only a tiny Texas Parks and Wildlife Department seal on the glass door hints at the library of artifacts inside.

Feb. 9, 2004

Mentoring Program Assists New Hunter Ed Instructors

AUSTIN, Texas – Texas has a national reputation for making access to hunter education convenient and plentiful with more than 4,400 courses offered across the state and at least one in all 254 counties each year.

Proposal Would Exempt New Hunters From Education

AUSTIN, Texas – If you’ve ever had to turn down an invite to go hunting because you didn’t have time to take a hunter education course or if someone you’ve asked to go hunting has had to back out for the same reason, there may soon be a solution.

Feb. 2, 2004

TPW Commission Awards Almost $7 Million in Grants

AUSTIN, Texas –The Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission approved $6,726,082 in grants Jan. 29 for Outdoor Recreation, Indoor Recreation and Boat Ramp projects, benefiting 14 communities across the state.