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March 26, 2015

TPW Commission Adopts Turkey Hunting Regulation Changes

AUSTIN – The Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission at its Thursday public hearing approved closing spring eastern turkey hunting in 11 East Texas counties effective next year, while restructuring the season in two other counties.

TPW Commission Adopts Changes in Fishing Regulations

AUSTIN – The Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission at its Thursday public hearing approved adjustments to bass length limits on several lakes, a change in alligator gar bag limit on Falcon Lake and clarifications to commercial crab and finfish rules.

International Children & Nature Conference Brings Thought Leaders to Austin

AUSTIN — This year has been a momentous year for the children and nature movement. Ten years after publication of Richard Louv’s Last Child in the Woods: Saving our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder, and five years after the establishment of the Texas Children in Nature collaborative, there is new and growing urgency around connecting children and families to nature.

Mule Deer Relocated in West Texas to Help Boost Population

ALPINE— In an effort to boost a struggling mule deer population in and around the Black Gap Wildlife Management Area, 40 mule deer does were relocated from Elephant Mountain Wildlife Management Area in early February. The mule deer population within Black Gap WMA and surrounding area has struggled to rebound from the drought of the late 1990’s.

Smith County Duo Facing More Than 30 Charges for Illegal Hunting Activity

TYLER – Two Smith County men have been arrested and face more than 30 charges after a random tip sparked a two-month investigation by state game wardens into a series of illegal hunting incidents.

TPW Commission Recognizes Employee Achievement

AUSTIN — Several Texas Parks and Wildlife Department employees were recognized at Thursday’s TPW Commission meeting by executive director Carter Smith for their outstanding work in various fields.

March 25, 2015

Athens Eggfest 2015 Set for April 11 at Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center

ATHENS—The fifth annual Athens Eggfest is scheduled for Saturday, April 11, at the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center (TFFC).

Zebra Mussels Still Present in Lake Waco

ATHENS— Live zebra mussels have been found in Lake Waco, despite efforts over the last five months by the City of Waco, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACOE) and the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD).

March 24, 2015

Two New Ways to Keep Texas Wild

AUSTIN— The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department is introducing two new conservation license plates to support native wildlife projects in Texas. One of the plates features a Lucifer hummingbird, while the other depicts a western diamondback rattlesnake.

March 17, 2015

Game Warden Field Notes, March 17, 2015

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