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[ Media Contact: TPWD News, news@tpwd.texas.gov, 512-389-8030 ] [SL]
July 31, 2006
New Hunting, Fishing Licenses on Sale Aug. 15
AUSTIN, Texas -- New hunting and fishing licenses for 2006-07 will be available beginning Tuesday, Aug. 15, and the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department is reminding customers that all current annual hunting and fishing licenses expire Aug. 31.
Although there are no changes in license requirements this year, hunters need to keep in mind a couple of key requirements: hunter education certification and game bird stamps.
In addition to a hunting license, all wingshooters will need to purchase a game bird stamp.
The white-winged dove stamp and waterfowl stamp were combined last year into a single Migratory Game Bird Stamp ($7), which will be required to hunt all migratory game birds, including ducks, geese, white-winged doves, mourning doves, white-tipped doves, sandhill cranes, woodcock, snipe, rails, coots and gallinules.
The turkey stamp was replaced by the Upland Game Bird Stamp ($7), which will be required to hunt all non-migratory game birds, including turkey, quail, pheasant, chachalaca and lesser prairie chicken.
Anyone who purchases the Super Combo license package automatically gets these needed stamps.
In addition to the migratory stamp endorsement, Harvest Information Program (HIP) certification is required of all migratory game bird hunters. HIP certification will be printed on the license at the time of sale only after the purchaser answers a few brief migratory bird questions. Lifetime license holders must also be HIP-certified to hunt migratory birds and these new stamp changes are automatically included in all lifetime licenses.
Any hunter born on or after Sept. 2, 1971 who is at least 17 years old must pass the course to legally hunt in Texas or obtain a hunter education deferral.
The deferral option allows people 17 years of age or older a one-time only extension to complete the state's hunter education requirements. The individual must purchase a hunting license and then may purchase the "Deferral Option # 166, and must be accompanied by someone 17 years old or older who is also licensed to hunt in Texas.
The accompanying individual must have completed hunter education or be exempt from the requirements (born before Sept. 2, 1971). The extension is good for one license year, by which time the person with the deferred option needs to complete a hunter education course.
This option is not available to those who have ever received a conviction or deferred adjudication for lack of hunter education certification. They still must take the course before going afield.
Also, again this year, TPWD is waiving all fees for hunting and fishing licenses for Texas residents currently on active military duty in the U.S. Armed Forces, including members of the Reserves or National Guard on active duty. A Texas resident is defined as a person who has resided continuously in the state for more than six months prior to applying for a license. Active duty military personnel must show a current military identification card and proof of Texas residency.
The free military license may be obtained at any license vendor location, but not by phone or on the Internet. Active duty military personnel will get a "Super Combo" Hunting and All-Water Fishing Package (Type 510), which includes all five state stamp endorsements (archery, freshwater fishing, and migratory game bird, saltwater fishing with a red drum tag and upland game bird). The Federal Waterfowl (duck) Stamp is not included.
Texas issues 3.2 million hunting and fishing licenses annually through 28 TPWD field offices, more than 100 state parks and at many retailers across Texas.
Hunters and anglers can also purchase licenses by calling (800) 895-4248. The phone license operation serves both Texans and non-residents, enabling hunters and anglers to buy licenses by phone using a major credit card. Call center hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Friday.*
A license confirmation number is issued at the time of purchase for online and phone orders, and the physical license is mailed separately. Confirmation numbers will verify that a license has been purchased but will not allow hunters to take fish or wildlife that requires a tag.
A $5 convenience fee is charged for ordering online or by phone.
Wherever licenses are sold, several other items for the 2006-07 season are also available, including Annual Public Hunting Permits and entries in Big Time Texas Hunts drawings.
The Big Time Texas Hunts program offers the opportunity to win one or more guided hunts with food and lodging provided. Proceeds are dedicated to providing more public hunting opportunities and funding wildlife conservation and/or research programs in Texas. Entries in the Big Time Texas Hunts drawings are $10 each.
There is no limit to the number of entries an individual may purchase, and entries may be purchased as gifts for others. Purchasers must be 17 years old or older. Information about the Big Time Texas Hunts and an entry form is available online.
The entry deadline on all categories is midnight Nov. 1. Entries may be purchased year-round, but entries received after the deadline will be entered in the drawing for the following year.
The $48 Annual Public Hunting Permit allows hunters access to about one million acres of public hunting lands, including land leased exclusively for hunting dove, pheasant, waterfowl and other small game. Youth younger than age 17 may hunt on public hunting lands without the permit if they have the $6 Special Resident Hunting license and are hunting with a permitted adult.
A Public Hunting Lands map booklet and supplement of dove lease maps will be mailed within a couple of weeks of purchase of the permit at retail outlets; however, the map booklet and supplement can be obtained immediately by purchasing the permit at a TPWD law enforcement office. Public hunting information as well as public hunt maps can be viewed online at the TPWD web site.
* Correction, Aug. 11, 2006: The original version of this news release incorrectly stated the operating hours of the call center. The times listed now are correct. (Return to corrected item.)
On the Net:
Big Time Texas Hunts: http://tpwd.texas.gov/bigtime/
Public Hunting: http://tpwd.texas.gov/huntwild/hunt/public/
Buy Licenses On Line: http://tpwd.texas.gov/business/licenses/online_sales/
Buy Licenses Locally: http://tpwd.texas.gov/business/licenses/license_agents/

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July 31, 2006
Elevator Renovations Complete at San Jacinto Monument
LAPORTE, Texas -- Visitors to the San Jacinto Museum of History and Monument can begin riding the elevator to the newly renovated Observation Floor as soon as the end of summer.
Officials anticipate the reopening to take place on Labor Day Weekend. A special ceremony and family activities are planned to celebrate. On Labor Day, Monday, Sept 4, kids can ride free to the top of the world's tallest monument column.
One child's elevator ticket is free with each paid adult ticket.
The elevator has been closed since September 2004 after a safety study concluded that a series of upgrades and repairs were necessary. The study showed that the monument, built in 1939, was not up to current building safety codes.
In June 2005, $2.14 million was appropriated by the Texas Legislature for the repairs. The Texas Parks & Wildlife Department, which maintains the San Jacinto Monument, awarded the contract and work began. Important components of the project included the installation of a sprinkler system, new fire alarm system, upgrade of elevator safety equipment, the creation of an "area of rescue" in case of fire on the Observation Floor, safety improvements upon the main stairway, and installation of fire-rated construction on the administrative floors and restoration of the plaster ceilings in the museum and lobby areas.
The private, non-profit San Jacinto Museum of History Association has operated the San Jacinto Museum at the base of the monument since 1939.
To make all the necessary renovations, entrance to the Museum closed from late December 2005 through spring 2006.
Now the permanent exhibit in the Museum gallery, the gift shop, the Albert and Ethel Herzstein Library, and the Jesse H. Jones Theatre for Texas Studies that presents Texas Forever!! The Battle of San Jacinto are open for the public to enjoy. The opening of the elevator on Labor Day Weekend will complete the experience.
San Jacinto Museum of History Association Interim President Larry Spasic said he is looking forward to having the grounds full of visitors who would like to ride the newly-renovated elevator.
"The view from the top of the 567-foot monument is spectacular. Once at the top of the Monument, you can stand on the Observation Floor right under the massive Texas star," Spasic said. "Visitors can see the Houston skyline and the ship channel and look down on the sacred battlefield where soldiers fought for Texas' independence from Mexico."
Thousands of school children visit the San Jacinto Museum of History and Monument each year. This is a perfect place for them to learn details about Texas history in a truly hands-on environment. The San Jacinto Museum of History is proud to offer a Teacher's Curriculum Guide to help make a visit to the Museum a meaningful educational experience. Additional information on the curriculum guide and related educational opportunities are available online. Beginning immediately, school field trips can be scheduled for the fall by calling the Museum at (281) 479-2421.
The San Jacinto Monument is located on the 1,200-acre-acre San Jacinto Battleground State Historic Site near Houston in the Pasadena/Deer Park/La Porte area.
The San Jacinto Battleground State Historical Site includes the battleground itself, the monument and museum, the marsh boardwalk and the Battleship TEXAS. Park admission is $1 for adults and free for children 12 and younger. Battleship tours may be booked at (281) 479-2431.
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July 31, 2006
Wildlife Management 2006 Symposium Set for College Station
COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- The Texas Organization of Wildlife Management Associations (TOWMA) will be holding its biannual conference at the College Station Hilton Aug. 10-12. The focal point of the conference is a two-day Wildlife Management 2006 symposium.
This symposium features a wide range of topics of interest to landowners and land managers and is open to anyone interested in wildlife management.
The symposium will kick off with a mixer/social on Thursday evening. The symposium program begins Friday morning with keynote speaker Robert L. Cook, executive director of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD).
The morning session will continue with presentations on prescribed burning, brush control, deer and food plots. There will be a noon luncheon with special guest speaker Larry Butler, Ph.D., Natural Resources Conservation Service state conservationist.
The afternoon session will include topics on game birds, wetlands, grassland restoration, wildscape design, and wildlife photography. There will be an evening banquet with special guest speaker David Allen of the Sand County Foundation.
Country singer/storyteller Jim Wilson will provide the evening's entertainment.
The symposium continues on Saturday morning with the focus shifting to predator control, including coyotes, feral hogs, cowbirds, and fire ants. Experts will also cover how to design and maintain wildlife management association Web sites. The symposium will conclude with optional site tours in the afternoon.
There will be organization and vendor booths on display both days. A special feature will be the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) Prescribed Burn Trailer recently acquired by TOWMA through a NWTF Coastal Bend Chapter grant.
Registration for the conference is $85 ($135 with spouse) and includes the mixer/social, luncheon, and banquet. Additional banquet tickets can be purchased for $25. Credit cards are accepted. For more information, contact Clint McPhaul at (512) 304-0014 or visit the TOWMA Web site.
The meals at the luncheon and banquet cannot be guaranteed if you register at the door.
The College Station Hilton has blocked a limited number of rooms at a group rate of $80 (plus tax). Be sure to say that you are attending the TOWMA conference. Please phone toll free 800-Hiltons or (979) 693-7500 to make your reservations.
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