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Nov. 1, 2016

Prospects Remain Excellent for Deer Season

AUSTIN – Record high temperatures in the upper 80s and 90s from Amarillo to Austin left ardent bowhunters sweltering in their deer stands throughout October; a trend weather models project could come to a welcome end heading into Saturday’s general rifle season opening day.

Sept. 29, 2016

Deer Hunting Season “Silent Opener” Saturday

AUSTIN – Texas deer hunting’s silent season, limited to archery equipment only, opens statewide Saturday and all indicators point to excellent prospects, according to wildlife biologists with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD).

Sept. 28, 2016

CWD Sample Collector Trainings in the Trans Pecos and Panhandle

AUSTIN – The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD), Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC) and Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service have partnered to coordinate chronic wasting disease (CWD) postmortem sample collector trainings in the Trans Pecos and Panhandle. As part of the state’s increased CWD surveillance, officials are providing the opportunity for landowners/managers, taxidermists and veterinarians to be trained to collect tissues for CWD testing under TAHC’s Certified CWD Postmortem Sample Collector training program.

Sept. 19, 2016

Agency Partners Set CWD Informational Meetings in Texas Panhandle

AUSTIN –The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD), in partnership with Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC) and Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, has set two informational meetings to help educate landowners, hunters and the public in the Texas Panhandle about chronic wasting disease (CWD) management.

Aug. 25, 2016

TPW Commission Adopts New CWD Zones, Deer Movement Rules

AUSTIN – The Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission today approved new rules establishing chronic wasting disease (CWD) zones and restricting live deer movement authorized under permits to or from properties within those areas.

Aug. 1, 2016

TPWD Sets Public Hearings on Deer Movement Rule Proposals in Areas with CWD, animal diseases,

AUSTIN – The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) is seeking public comment on proposed rules establishing chronic wasting disease (CWD) zones and restricting movement of live deer authorized under TPWD permits to or from properties within those zones.

July 1, 2016

Additional CWD Cases Discovered at a Quarantined Captive White-tailed Deer Breeding Facility

AUSTIN – Thirteen new cases of chronic wasting disease (CWD) were confirmed at a Medina County captive white-tailed deer breeding facility on June 29.

June 20, 2016

TPW Commission Adopts Amended Deer Movement Rules

AUSTIN – After extensive public testimony, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission Monday approved an amended set of regulations for artificial movement of deer by permit as part of the state’s chronic wasting disease (CWD) management plan.

June 16, 2016

Media Advisory: Special Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission Meeting on CWD June 20

AUSTIN— The Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission will hold a special meeting on proposed Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) rules related to Chronic Wasting Disease, specifically regulating the artificial movement of deer under TPWD permits, including Triple T (trap, transfer and transplant), DMP (deer management permit), TTP (trap, transport and process) and deer breeder permits.

May 27, 2016

Decision Postponed on Chronic Wasting Disease Management Regulations

AUSTIN – On Thursday, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission postponed their decision regarding proposed changes to state regulations for managing chronic wasting disease (CWD), until a more thorough review is conducted. CWD is a fatal neurodegenerative disorder that affects cervid species like white-tailed deer, mule deer and elk.