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Oct. 10, 2019

Celebrate Halloween with the Fishes at The Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center Oct. 24

ATHENS – East Texas families can get more treats than tricks at the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center’s Halloween at the Hatchery event. The annual event provides a safe place to go trick-or-treating while raising money for local causes including the East Texas Crisis Center, Henderson County Rainbow Room, and the Athens High School Bass Fishing Team.

Oct. 9, 2019

Texas Boating Law Administrator Elected NASBLA Chairman

LEXINGTON, KY – During its 60th annual meeting, held in Anchorage, Alaska, Sept. 29 – Oct. 2, 2019, the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) elected Asst. Commander Game Warden Cody Jones, Boating Law Administrator for Texas, as Chairman of the nonprofit organization for the 2019-2020 year. He succeeds Mark Brown, Oklahoma’s Boating Law Administrator. NASBLA is a national nonprofit, 501(c)3 organization that works to develop public policy for recreational boating safety. NASBLA represents the recreational boating authorities of all 50 states and the U.S. territories.

Enjoy Witchin’ Halloween Events Throughout October at a Texas State Park

AUSTIN— Polish the cauldrons and dust off those brooms, Texas State Parks are getting extra spooky this October for some scary-fun events happening throughout the month. A variety of family-friendly Halloween events are scheduled for ghouls and goblins of all ages, including zombie apocalypse hikes, jack-o’-lantern scavenger hunts, trick-or-treating at the park and spooky campfire stories, just to name a few.

Oct. 8, 2019

Celebrate Big Bend Ranch State Park’s 10th Anniversary at Nov. 3 Fiesta

TERLINGUA— Big Bend Ranch State Park (BBRSP) is celebrating its 10th anniversary with a free fiesta Nov. 3 at the Sauceda Ranger Station located in the middle of the park.

Oct. 4, 2019

Zaragoza Birthplace State Historic Site Unveils New Exhibits Oct. 4

GOLIAD— Join the Zaragoza Birthplace State Historic Site staff as they unveil the vibrant, new exhibits displaying the Mexican hero’s birth, life and culture.

Catch the Buzz with Texas’ Fourth Annual Pollinator BioBlitz

AUSTIN — For the next two weeks, Texans are invited to take part in the fourth statewide Pollinator BioBlitz. The goal of the BioBlitz, which runs from Oct. 4-20, is to raise awareness of the diversity and importance of pollinators while bringing greater attention to the critical habitat needs of monarchs and native pollinators across the state.

Neighborhood Fishin’ Program in Abilene Coming to an End, Remaining Stockings Diverted to Cal Young Park

ABILENE – Catfish stockings scheduled for this fall to support the Neighborhood Fishin’ Program in the Abilene-area are being moved to Cal Young Park Lake from Grover Nelson Small Pond for the rest of the 2019 stocking season. At the conclusion of the program’s catfish stocking season, which is Nov. 1, the Neighborhood Fishin’ Program will be ending in Abilene. These changes are being made because of ongoing water quality and depredation issues at Grover Nelson Small Pond and the decision to end the program was a mutual decision between the city and the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.

Sept. 27, 2019

TPWD Reminds Hunters about Proper Deer Carcass Disposal

AUSTIN – The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department reminds hunters throughout the state to properly dispose of carcasses from harvested deer to help prevent the spread of infectious diseases in deer. This is particularly important for those taken inside the Trans-Pecos, South Central and Panhandle Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) Containment and Surveillance Zones.

TPWD Taking Public Comment on Proposed Regulation Changes for Trotlines and Other Related Gears

AUSTIN – The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) is seeking public comment on proposed changes to the regulations on passive fishing gear (jug lines, minnow traps, perch traps, throwlines, and trotlines), which includes adding requirements and specifications for floats and reducing the valid period for gear tags to reduce the negative impacts of abandoned passive fishing gear in Texas public waters.

Game Warden Field Notes, Sept. 27, 2019

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