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Jan. 27, 2023

Wilbarger, Montgomery County Game Wardens Honored for Going the Extra Mile

AUSTIN- Texas Game Wardens Dyke McMahen and Brannon Meinkowsky were presented yesterday  with separate awards as Shikar Safari Officer of the Year and the Southeastern Association of Fish and Wildlife’s Officer of the Year, respectively, by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission. Nominated by their supervisors for outstanding service in the line of duty, both officers share a passion for conservation, youth outreach and criminal investigation.

Jan. 24, 2023

TPWD Unveils Virtual Reality Boater App at Houston Boat and Car Show

HOUSTON – The latest classroom for boating education is virtual reality. In a nationwide first, the TPWD boater education program will utilize VR headsets to introduce audiences to the joy of sailing where wind, waves and actions all impact the boat’s behavior. While immersed in a highly realistic environment, participants will learn about different types of sailboats, parts of the boat and steering basics. The virtual reality sailing course is part of the MarineVerse app, one of the online training courses offered by Nautic Ed.

Dec. 13, 2022

Game Warden Field Notes, Dec. 13, 2022

The following items are compiled from recent Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) law enforcement reports.  Images of individual field notes are available upon request from the TPWD press office.

Nov. 22, 2022

Texas Game Warden Search and Rescue Drone Program Yields Positive Outcomes Across the State

AUSTIN – Three recent incidents requiring game warden drone support and successful coordination with local law enforcement led to an arrest in east Texas and two rescues of lost individuals in the hill country.

Nov. 18, 2022

Texans Encouraged to Practice Bear Safety This Fall

AUSTIN — With winter quickly approaching, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) encourages residents in the western, southwestern and northeastern portions of Texas to practice appropriate safety measures and report bear sightings.

Nov. 3, 2022

Texas Game Warden Honors Take Center Stage at TPW Commission Hearing

AUSTIN- Harris County Game Wardens, K-9 and Critical Incident Teams recognized by the Texas Parks and Wildlife (TPW) Commission during Thursday’s meeting for contributions across the state

Nov. 2, 2022

“Veterans Day at the TFFC” Slated for Nov. 12

ATHENS – The Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center (TFFC) is excited to announce the second annual “Veterans Day at the TFFC” event to honor and support veterans. The event is scheduled for Nov. 12 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. with free admission for veterans and their families.

Nov. 1, 2022

“Ethelsgiving” Headed to the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center in November

ATHENS – The Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center (TFFC) is teaming up with the Henderson County Food Pantry this November for the “Ethelsgiving Feed the Hungry, Feed the Fish” food drive. The annual tradition began in 2020 to honor the first ShareLunker “Ethel,” which weighed 17.67-pounds and was caught Nov. 26, 1986. This year’s drive begins on Nov. 1 and runs throughout the month at the Athens facility.

Oct. 13, 2022

Halloween at the Hatchery Set for Oct. 27 at TFFC

ATHENS – Families are in for a treat Thursday, Oct. 27 at the annual “Halloween at the Hatchery” event hosted by the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center (TFFC). The annual event provides a safe place to go trick-or-treating while raising money for three local beneficiaries, The Rainbow Room, East Texas Crisis Center and the Athens High School Fishing Team.

Oct. 11, 2022

Texas State Parks Invites Texans to Join in Celebrating 100 Years of State Parks in 2023

AUSTIN— The Centennial Celebration of Texas State Parks is right around the corner, and park lovers are invited to get outside and join celebrations across the state. Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) in partnership with Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation (TPWF) will celebrate 100 years of Texas State Parks beginning January 2023.