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April 28, 2015

Texas Big Game Awards to Recognize Texas Hunters and Land Stewards

SAN ANTONIO – For 24 years, the Texas Big Game Awards (TBGA), a partnership of Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and the Texas Wildlife Association (TWA), has been the leader in recognizing the contributions that landowners, land managers and responsible hunters make to managing and conserving wildlife and wildlife habitat on Texas’ private lands.

April 24, 2015

Texas Game Wardens Commission 10 New K-9s

AUSTIN – Ten canines are now official state K-9s after receiving their badges and commissions as Texas game wardens. The K-9s were accompanied by their game warden partners during a graduation ceremony at the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s Austin headquarters this morning.

April 23, 2015

Lone Star Land Steward Program Celebrates 20th Anniversary

AUSTIN— The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) honors the conservation contributions of private landowners each year with its Lone Star Land Steward Award. This year, seven winners representing several of the state’s diverse ecological regions will join the distinguished roster of landowners who have received this recognition. Over the past 20 years, nearly 200 landowners across Texas have been lauded for conserving more than 3 million acres of fish and wildlife habitat.

Texas Parks and Wildlife Applauds “Land Stewardship: Providing Water for Texans” Week April 26-May 3

AUSTIN – Texas Parks and Wildlife Department has partnered with the Association of Texas Soil & Water Conservation Districts (ATSWCD), Texas Wildlife Association, and Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board (TSSWCB) to highlight the important connection between voluntary land stewardship and sustaining water availability. The statewide campaign of “Land Stewardship: Providing Water for Texans” is the theme of this year’s Soil & Water Stewardship Week, to be celebrated April 26 through May 3.

April 20, 2015

TPWD Taking Public Comment on Shrimp and Oyster Regulation Proposals

AUSTIN – The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department is currently seeking public comment on proposed changes in commercial shrimp and oyster regulations. The proposals will be considered for adoption by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission at its May 21 public hearing.

Deepwater Horizon Trustees Announce Agreement in Principle for Next 10 Early Restoration Projects

GULF COAST (April 20, 2015) — The Deepwater Horizon oil spill Natural Resource Damage Assessment Trustees (Trustees) today announced another milestone in Gulf of Mexico early restoration.

April 15, 2015

Game Warden Field Notes, April 15, 2015

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

Life’s Better Outside for TPWD CO-OP Grantees

AUSTIN –Texas children will have more opportunities to explore the state’s natural resources thanks to the 26 grants awarded this year through Texas Parks and Wildlife’s Community Outdoor Outreach Program. The grants help fund community-based youth and family outdoors-oriented programs and activities like camping, backpacking, kayaking and service projects.

Big Sit! an Easy Fun Way to Compete in Great Texas Birding Classic

AUSTIN – The 19th annual Great Texas Birding Classic is kicking off this Wednesday, April 15, with a bang! With 100 teams and more than 550 participants registered to participate from April 15 to May 15, this year’s event has 40% more people going out birding throughout the state than last year. Eleven state parks are joining the fun by hosting Big Sit!s in their park, and they are inviting the public to come join them.

April 14, 2015

New Mobile App, Online Reporting are Now Options for Eastern Turkey Harvest

AUSTIN - Eastern turkey hunting in Texas begins Wednesday, April 15 and runs through May 14 and hunters are reminded all eastern turkeys must be reported to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department within 24 hours of harvest.