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May 10, 2004

Game Warden Named ’Officer of the Year’ for First Time in Central Texas

AUSTIN, Texas — Attorney General Greg Abbott presented Texas Parks and Wildlife Game Warden Turk Jones with the 100 Club of Central Texas’ ’Officer of the Year’ Award at a banquet here Wednesday night.

May 3, 2004

Authorities Suggest Ways for Living With Alligators

HOUSTON — Encounters between people and alligators are on the rise in Southeast Texas, but people can coexist safely with the big reptiles if they take common-sense precautions, according to Texas Parks and Wildlife Department game wardens and biologists.

April 26, 2004

Bass Pro Shops Founder To Match Raised Funds for Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center Education Building

ATHENS, Texas-Bass Pro Shops founder John L. Morris is serious about the value of teaching young people principles of natural resource conservation by involving them in fishing.

Teens Use Hunter Education Skills To Help Save Man’s Life

AUSTIN, Texas — Hunting accidents are relatively few nowadays, thanks mainly to safety skills gained from hunter education. Last year there were only 44 hunting-related mishaps in Texas among a hunting population of more than one million, and a majority of those incidents could be considered minor. Some were not.

Conservancy Marks Four Decades of Partnership With TPWD

AUSTIN, Texas — The Nature Conservancy of Texas this year commemorates its 40th anniversary, marking four decades of partnership with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department to save important lands and waters in the Lone Star State.

West Texas Students Bring Home Top Prizes in Horned Lizard Essay Contest

AUSTIN, Texas — If you want to find horned lizards in Texas, go west. If you want to find winning student researchers and writers, you also need to look west of IH-35. West Texas schools produced all the winners in this year’s Hometown Horned Toads essay contest, sponsored by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.

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.