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May 8, 2023

Chronic Wasting Disease Discovered in Deer Breeding Facility in Sutton County

AUSTIN, TX – Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) and Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC) received confirmation of a new case of Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) in a deer breeding facility in Sutton County. This case marks the first detection of the disease in the county.

April 26, 2023

Game Warden Field Notes, April 26, 2023

April 25, 2023

Managed Lands Deer Program Enrollment is Open for the 2023–24 Hunting Season

AUSTIN — Enrollment in the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s Managed Lands Deer Program (MLDP) is now open for the 2023–24 hunting season. Open enrollment for the MLDP Conservation Option runs April 2 through June 15; the Harvest Option opens May 1 and ends Sept. 1.

April 11, 2023

TPWD Hosts Spring ‘Explore Bowhunting’ Event April 22

AUSTIN – The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s (TPWD) Community Archery Program is joining forces with Inks Lake State Park on April 22 to help the public “Explore Bowhunting.” The event gives participants an opportunity to learn more about hunting with a bow and get a jump on preparations for the new fall season.

April 4, 2023

TPWD, DPS Advise Gun Storage Safety for Spring Hunting

AUSTIN — Now that spring turkey hunting season has begun, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) and Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) want to remind gun owners that safe gun storage saves lives. Proper storage protects those you love and keeps firearms out of the hands of criminals.

March 16, 2023

TPWD Reminds Hunters of Mandatory Harvest Reporting in Select Texas Counties Ahead of Season Opener

AUSTIN- As the Texas spring turkey season rapidly approaches, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) reminds hunters that all counties with a one-bird bag limit have mandatory harvest reporting requirements. Hunters must report their harvest within 24 hours through the My Texas Hunt Harvest app or the TPWD website.

March 8, 2023

Hunting Prospects Favorable this Spring in Areas with Historically Strong Turkey Populations

AUSTIN – While the 2022 drought and heat have reduced wild turkey numbers across Texas, hunters who hit the field this spring should see plenty of birds in areas that typically house huntable populations of wild turkeys.

Nov. 21, 2022

Hunters Reminded to Report Their Harvest During Upcoming Antlerless Season

AUSTIN – The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) wants to remind hunters to report their harvest during the upcoming antlerless deer season, Nov. 24-27.

Nov. 9, 2022

Big Time Texas Hunts Winners Announced

AUSTIN — The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) is pleased to announce the winners of this year’s Big Time Texas Hunts.  The winners were selected in a random drawing from 154,551 entries and the 14 lucky individuals have been notified.

Nov. 4, 2022

Hunter Education Program Recognizes 1.5 Millionth Student

AUSTIN – The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) is celebrating 50 years of hunter education in Texas and officially recognized Austin Zurek of Midlothian as the 1.5 millionth student during Thursday’s Texas Parks and Wildlife (TPW) Commission meeting.