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May 17, 2004

TPWD Seeks Outside Review of Science Practices

AUSTIN, Texas — This month, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department began a voluntary review of its scientific methods by three separate outside groups. The focus is not the agency’s management or policy decisions, but the science upon which those decisions are based.

Game Warden Memorial Honors Wesley Wagstaff

ATHENS, Texas — The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department recently honored a fallen employee at the game warden memorial here. Game Warden Wesley Wagstaff was killed in a head-on collision while responding to a poaching call in Hardin County Aug. 5, 2003. TPWD added his name to the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center memorial May 12.

Operation Game Thief Fundraiser Set for June 12

HOUSTON — Since 1981, the Texas conservation Crimestoppers program Operation Game Thief has protected fish and wildlife, helping to keep Texas hunting and fishing among the best in the world. Now, those who love the outdoor life have a chance to support the program and have a great time to boot.

Renovated Matagorda Island Lighthouse Shines Again

PORT O’CONNOR, Texas — A Matagorda Island beacon that guided ships along Texas’ mid-coast before the U.S. Civil War is again lighting the way for modern mariners thanks to the recent completion of a $1.23 million overhaul of the state’s oldest operational lighthouse.

Framers Raise New Building at Freshwater Fisheries Center

ATHENS, Texas — The Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center has a new fly fishing pavilion thanks to the efforts of the Timber Framers Guild of Becket, Massachusetts.

Cinco De Mayo Draws 3,000 to Freshwater Fisheries Center

ATHENS, Texas — Six-inch rains struck East Texas on Saturday, May 1, but that did not deter crowds from flooding into the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center for the annual Cinco de Mayo celebration.

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May 10, 2004

Budweiser Sharelunker Program Draws 15 Entries

ATHENS, Texas — The Budweiser ShareLunker season ended April 30 with a total of 15 largemouth bass weighing 13 pounds or more entered into the program.

Falcon Lake Benefits From Flooding in Mexico, Rains in South Texas

AUSTIN, Texas — The floodwaters that devastated Piedras Negras, Mexico, April 4-5 had quite the opposite effect on the International Falcon Reservoir downstream.

Gulf Shrimp Season To Close May 15

AUSTIN, Texas—The Gulf of Mexico commercial shrimp season for both state and federal waters will close 30 minutes after sunset on May 15 until an unspecified time in July.