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[ Media Contact: TPWD News, news@tpwd.texas.gov, 512-389-8030 ] [SL]
Feb. 21, 2012
Nuisance Alligator Hunter Permit Application Deadline March 15
AUSTIN - Nuisance alligator control hunters have until March 15 to apply for a permit under new rules adopted by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission.
The new protocol authorizes a permitted control hunter to contract directly with landowner or landowner's agent (including a political subdivision, governmental entity, or property owner's association) for a fee or other compensation for the removal of nuisance alligators
Persons interested in the nuisance alligator control program should contact Amos Cooper at 409-736-3625 (office) or 409-293-2836 (cell). Prospective permittees can also request the information by email at amos.cooper@tpwd.texas.gov.
The new protocol requires that each nuisance control hunter complete a certification process that includes an application to TPWD, a department administered course and a test on nuisance control. Reporting requirements will ensure that only bona fide nuisance alligators are taken by permitted control hunters. An annual permit fee is also required.
Prior to the new rules, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department had contracted with qualified individuals for the removal of nuisance alligators. Each hunter bid for the privilege to conduct nuisance control activities in a specific territory, agreeing to pay a per foot price to the department for every alligator removed. In return, the control hunter was allowed to keep the alligator and could sell the skin and meat. All removals were authorized on a case by case basis by the department.

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[ Media Contact: TPWD News, news@tpwd.texas.gov, 512-389-8030 ] [SL]
Feb. 21, 2012
TPWD Sets Statewide Public Hearings
AUSTIN -- The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department is recommending changes to next year's hunting and fishing regulations. The department is seeking comment on these proposed changes to the state's hunting and fishing regulations during a series of public hearings.
Each year, TPWD considers changes in hunting and fishing regulations to achieve resource management objectives and maximize outdoor recreation opportunities consistent with good stewardship.
The public is encouraged to attend public meetings in their area and provide comment on proposed changes. The TPW Commission will make final rulemaking at its March 28-29 public hearing in Austin.
The proposed amendments are published in the Feb. 17, 2012 edition of the Texas Register, available online at http://www.sos.state.tx.us/texreg/index.shtml.
Public comment on proposed changes may be made in writing to Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, Statewide Hunting and Fishing Proclamation Public Comment, 4200 Smith School Road, Austin, Texas 78744. Comments may also be submitted via the department's website at http://tpwd.texas.gov/business/feedback/public_comment/ or through the following resource points of contact:
--Robert Macdonald (Wildlife) at (512) 389-4775; e-mail: robert.macdonald@tpwd.texas.gov.
--Ken Kurzawski (Inland Fisheries) at (512) 389-4591, e-mail: ken.kurzawski@tpwd.texas.gov.
--Art Morris (Coastal Fisheries) at (361) 825-3356, e-mail: art.morris@tpwd.state.tx.
TPWD Public Hearing Calendar
All meetings are open to the public and begin at 7 p.m.
March 6
--Beaumont, Holiday Inn & Suites, 3950 I-10 South.
--Denison, Center for Workplace Learning (Room #111), 6101 Grayson Drive.
--Nacogdoches, Nacogdoches Co. Courthouse Annex, 203 West Main.
--San Antonio, Lions Field Adult Center, 2809 Broadway.
March 13
--Dickinson, TPWD Dickinson Lab, 1502 FM 517 East (Pine Drive).
--Fort Worth, Kennedale High School, Gymnasium, 901 Wildcat Way, Kennedale.
--Marshall, Lions Community Center, 1201 Louisiana Street.
March 14
--Port Isabel, Port Isabel Community Center, 213 Yturria.
March 20
--Houston, Sheldon Lake State Park, Regional Headquarters Classroom, 14200 Garrett Road.
--McKinney, Myers Park & Event Center, 7117 County Road 166.
--New Boston, Bowie County Courthouse (2nd floor), 710 James Bowie Drive.

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[ Media Contact: TPWD News, news@tpwd.texas.gov, 512-389-8030 ] [LH]
Feb. 21, 2012
Lake Amistad Gets New Fishing Hotspot
ATHENS--The lake known as "the Big Friendly" got a little friendlier to fish recently.
As a result of a cooperative effort among Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, the Del Rio Home Depot and the National Park Service (NPS), fish-attracting structure was placed into Amistad International Reservoir near the Governor's Landing camping area.
"The drought of 2011 had a devastating impact on most Texas reservoirs, including Lake Amistad," said Randy Myers, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) Inland Fisheries biologist. "The lake is currently about 15 feet low, and projections have it going as much as 25 or 30 feet low in the next couple of months."
"We're happy to be working with Texas Parks and Wildlife to improve habitat for the fish and at the same time improve the fishing," said Jack Johnson, resource program manager for Amistad National Recreation Area. "Home Depot provided about 160 unsold Christmas trees, and National Park Service staff bundled them together and constructed concrete anchors. TPWD provided the expertise to identify the location to sink the trees."
"Good habitat is key for good fish production," Myers said. "We selected a small hump off a point between the Diablo East boat ramp and the Highway 90 bridge. The hump is small enough that the trees cover the entire top of that hump. We expect many species to be attracted to the area--largemouth bass, baitfish, sunfish and catfish. There were some fish on the hump before we placed the fish attractor, so we expect it to attract more fish. We will provide the waypoint for the attractor on the TPWD web site so anglers can find it and fish it."
As Myers motored slowly over the hump, the newly planted "forest" of five- to six-foot Douglas firs lit up on the sonar like a Christmas tree, surrounded by a shimmering cloud of needles floating up off the trees. Compared to the bare lake bottom around it, the hump is a paradise for fish--and anglers.
On the Net:
GPS coordinates of fish attractors in Amistad and other lakes: http://tpwd.texas.gov/fishboat/fish/recreational/lakes/fish_attractors.phtml
Video of the fish attractors being placed: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Texas-Parks-and-Wildlife-Inland-Fisheries-San-Antonio-Southwest-TX/254222474625367?ref=ts