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March 31, 2021

Chronic Wasting Disease Discovered at Deer Breeding Facilities in Hunt and Uvalde Counties

AUSTIN – Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) has been discovered in deer breeding facilities in both Hunt and Uvalde counties. This marks the first positive detection of the disease in Hunt County.

March 26, 2021

Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission Approves Hunting Regulations Changes for 2021-22

AUSTIN — Hunting regulations for the 2021-22 season were approved by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission at its public meeting held online March 25. Hunters will see some changes this fall, including the elimination of the experimental pronghorn season in the northern Panhandle and extension of the general pronghorn season from 9 to 16 days statewide, and the addition of two days of hunting opportunity in the Special White-winged Dove Days within the South Dove Zone.

March 9, 2021

Promising Spring Season on the Horizon for Texas Turkey Hunters

AUSTIN – Much of the Rio Grande wild turkey range in Texas experienced two great years of turkey production and recruitment in 2019 and 2020, and this means that hunters this spring season can expect to see many jakes and two-year-old gobblers across most of the Rio Grande range.

March 4, 2021

Public Input Sought on Texas Hunting Regulation Proposals for 2021-2022

AUSTIN – The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) is now taking public comment on the following proposed changes to the 2021-2022 Statewide Hunting and Migratory Game Bird Proclamations:

Dec. 8, 2020

Winter Season Offers Multiple Opportunities for Texas Bird Hunters

AUSTIN — While winter in Texas is often synonymous with spending dawn and dusk in a deer blind, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) wants to remind hunters of the various upland and migratory bird hunting seasons that are still open throughout the colder months.

Nov. 16, 2020

Hunters Reminded to Report Their Harvest During Upcoming Antlerless Season

AUSTIN — Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) wants to remind hunters to report their harvests during the upcoming antlerless deer season, Nov 26 — 29.

Nov. 13, 2020

Recent Data Shows that Hunter Education Improves Hunting and Shooting Sports Safety

AUSTIN — According to the 2019 Texas Hunting Incident Analysis, Texas has seen a substantial decrease in hunting-related accidents and fatalities since Hunter Education became mandatory in 1988. That year, over 18,000 Texans received their Hunter Education certification, but 12 fatalities and 70 accidents were still reported throughout the state. As more Texans have taken to the field and obtained their Hunter Education certification, these numbers have improved, with over 56,000 certifications in 2019 and only 1 fatality, and 21 accidents, reported statewide.

Nov. 2, 2020

Big Time Texas Hunts Winners Announced

AUSTIN — The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) has announced the winners of this year’s Big Time Texas Hunts, following personal notification to these 14 lucky individuals. The winners were selected in a random drawing from 135,714 entries.

Oct. 29, 2020

Los Cazadores En Texas Pueden Esperar Una Buena Temporada De Venado

AUSTIN— Los biólogos del Departamento de Parques y Vida Silvestre de Texas pronostican una temporada exitosa de venado cola blanca en muchas regiones del estado. Aunque las condiciones se van secando, las lluvias de septiembre ayudaron a crear una abundancia de hierbas y arbustos de alta calidad. Ambos son críticos para la nutrición del venado.

Above Average Season Expected for Texas Hunters Ahead of General Deer Season Opener

AUSTIN— Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) biologists predict a fruitful white-tailed deer season in many regions of the state. Although conditions are drying statewide, rains in September helped to create an abundance of quality forbs and shrubs, both of which are critical for providing good deer nutrition.