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[ Media Contact: TPWD News, news@tpwd.texas.gov, 512-389-8030 ] [SL]
July 9, 2007
New Law Prohibits All Hunting of Wildlife From Roads
AUSTIN, Texas -- With the passage of House Bill 12 by the 80th Texas Legislature, it is now unlawful to hunt any wild bird or animal on a public road or the right-of-way of a public road.
Prior to this year, it was unlawful to hunt game animals or game birds on a public road -- meaning that nongame species such as snakes, turtles, frogs and most mammals other than deer, bighorn sheep, javelina, and pronghorn antelope could be legally taken, provided that the take was not by firearm and did not occur from a vehicle.
For many years, the department has informed the public that a hunting license was not required to take or possess any animal other than terrestrial vertebrates, such as insects. Although the new law could be construed to apply to the collection of invertebrates, the department will not enforce the provision as it relates to invertebrates at this time.
"The department strongly encourages all persons to avoid engaging in the collection of any animal life on public roads or the right-of-way of public roads," said Maj. David Sinclair, TPWD chief of wildlife enforcement.
The new law does not apply to licensed falconers trapping raptors (birds of prey) or persons engaged in activities under department permits for scientific, educational, or zoological collection if allowed under the conditions of the permit.

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[ Media Contact: TPWD News, news@tpwd.texas.gov, 512-389-8030 ]
[ Additional Contacts: Kerrin Meyer, Program Coordinator -- Hunger Relief Programs, (512) 462-2555 ext. 206 or toll-free in TX (800) 992-9767, Ext. 206; Email: hfth@tacaa.org ]
July 9, 2007
Hunters for The Hungry Reports Abundant Donations
AUSTIN, Texas -- The results are in. Hunters for the Hungry had another banner season! Thanks to the generosity of participating meat processors and hunters throughout the state, 175,927 pounds of game meat was donated to over 90 food assistance providers to feed the hungry during the 2006-2007 hunting season.
Who received the meat? A single mother of four children in Boerne who had to quit her job due to illness. A grandmother raising three grandchildren by herself in Llano. Several families in Abilene who lost their homes to fire. A retired couple in Kerrville who have spent most of their income on medications. A family of seven in Clute whose income came to a halt due to an on-the-job injury. Two elderly sisters in Thorndale -- one blind and one confined to a wheelchair. These are but a few of the stories reported from the agencies that received donations this year.
Thousands of people in need throughout the state receive Hunters for the Hungry donations through local food assistance providers. For many agencies, the meat donated through the Hunters for the Hungry program is the only meat they receive and may be the only meat the families they serve will see on their tables all year. On behalf of the agencies and the families who received meat this year, the Texas Association of Community Action Agencies, Inc., administrator of the Hunters for the Hungry program, conveys their gratitude and appreciation to all of the hunters and meat processors who participated.
During hunting season, hunters can take legally harvested deer to participating meat processors, who will process and package the meat for a nominal fee to cover basic costs. Meat processors make arrangements with local food assistance agencies to distribute the meat to people in the community who need food.
Be part of the solution to hunger. For more information about the program or how you can support Hunters for the Hungry, visit www.tacaa.org/hunters.htm or call toll-free during business hours Monday-Friday at (800) 992-9767, extension 506. A current list of participating meat processors for the 2007-2008 hunting season will be available in September.

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[ Media Contact: TPWD News, news@tpwd.texas.gov, 512-389-8030 ] [AJ]
[ Additional Contacts: Alanna Jones 512-389-4577, alanna.jones@tpwd.texas.gov or Tom Harvey 512-389-4453, tom.harve@tpwd.texas.gov ]
July 9, 2007
Hunters Urged To Enroll in Hunter Education Courses Now
AUSTIN, Texas -- The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department is encouraging hunters in need of certification to enroll soon as hunter education courses are filling up fast.
"It would be much better to enroll early and avoid the rush right at the beginning of hunting seasons," said Terry Erwin, Coordinator for Hunter Education at TPWD. "If you wait, you might find that getting into a course will be more difficult."
Hunter education courses are conducted year-around all across the state of Texas by certified volunteers. Courses cost $15 and students have three options: take the classroom study portion on-line plus a one day field component, complete the at-home study packet plus a one day field course, or take the traditional two-day course that averages 14 hours of instruction at a location near home.
Due to all the rain, wildlife habitats are in excellent condition and wildlife biologists are predicting an abundance of game animals. Erwin is hoping the forecast for good hunting will spark more people to enter the field this fall.
"This means we must increase the number of courses we offer, which will enable those in need to become certified," said Erwin. "Don't wait, because the number of available courses begins to taper off as the hunting season grows closer."
Anyone born after Sept. 1, 1971 is required to take the Hunter Education Training Course and the minimum age of certification is 12-years-old.
Hunters who are at least 17-years-old and have not completed the hunter education course can defer completion for one year. Hunters who opted for "deferral" last year must complete the hunter education course to hunt legally this year.
"The deferral is only available once. The license point-of-sale vendors are not allowed to sell a deferral once it has been purchased by an individual," said Erwin. "The database keeps track of the sale, and will not allow a sale to occur with the same individual."
More than 30,000 aspiring hunters become certified every year in Texas and since 1972, more than 713,000 Texans have completed the hunter education course, which is mandatory in all 50 states and 10 Canadian Provinces. Currently, hunter education courses are taught by 2,900 volunteers comprised of game wardens, professional educators, and volunteers at TPWD.
As a result of hunter education courses, hunting accident rates have steadily decreased since 1966 when 12 accidents per 100,000 hunters were reported and the last three years have seen the rate lowered to 2.9 accidents per 100,000 hunters.
"Hunting is safe and getting safer because of hunter education," said Erwin. "Make sure you are part of those responsible individuals who wish to continue the heritage of hunting for generations to come."
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