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[ Media Contact: TPWD News, news@tpwd.texas.gov, 512-389-8030 ] [TH]
Aug. 7, 2012
Spanish Hunter Education Course Offered In Central Texas
The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department is offering a hunter education course in Spanish in San Antonio on August 25-26 for Spanish-speaking hunters and people considering the activity for the first time.
"During the San Antonio Rodeo, children that visited our exhibit asked their parents to take them hunting," said María Araujo, a program director with Texas Parks and Wildlife. "This course is ideal for the entire family to get initiated into the interesting sport of hunting and to expose children to a healthy outdoor activity that promotes sustainable use of wildlife resources."
The course will be held at the San Antonio Gun Club and includes firearm safety, a live fire practice with air rifle, hunting regulations and ethics, field techniques and wildlife conservation. "Some youth become interested in biology and wildlife management as a career when they learn the section on habitat management and wildlife conservation," said Araujo.
New hunters usually ask, but where can I go hunting? With access to more than 220 areas across the state, the TPWD Annual Public Hunting (APH) Permit, for only $48, offers opportunities to harvest white-tailed deer, dove, turkey, waterfowl, squirrel feral hog and other species. The course gives more information on this annual permit and the public hunting areas.
The class is mandatory for every hunter, including foreign and out-of-state hunters, born after September 1, 1971. The minimum age of certification is 9 years. Every year, more than 30,000 youth and adults in Texas become certified in hunter education, and the certification not only lasts a lifetime, but is also recognized by all states and Canadian provinces that require hunter education.
This hunter education course in Spanish costs $15 per person and requires reservation by calling 512/389-4901. For more information see: tpwd.texas.gov/caceria
On the Net:
This release in Spanish: http://tpwd.texas.gov/newsmedia/releases/?req=20120807b

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[ Additional Contacts: María Araujo, (512) 389-4901, maria.araujo@tpwd.texas.gov ]
Aug. 7, 2012
Curso en español de educación de cacería ofrecido en el Centro de Texas
El Departamento de Parques y Vida Silvestre de Texas impartirá un curso en español de educación y seguridad en la cacería el 25 y 26 de agosto en San Antonio para cazadores que hablan español e hispanohablantes que se están iniciando en este deporte.
"Durante el Rodeo de San Antonio, los niños que visitaron nuestro módulo de exposición le pedían a sus padres que los llevaran de cacería," dijo María Araujo, directora de programa con Parques y Vida Silvestre de Texas. "Este curso es ideal para que toda la familia se inicie en el interesante deporte de la cacería y que los niños sean expuestos a una actividad sana al aire libre que promueve es uso sustentable de la fauna silvestre."
El curso se efectuará en el San Antonio Gun Club e incluye el manejo seguro de armas de fuego, una práctica de tiro con rifle de aire, el reglamento y ética de caza, técnicas de campo y conservación de la fauna silvestre. "Algunos jóvenes se interesan en la biología y el manejo de fauna silvestre como carrera profesional cuando aprenden la sección sobre manejo del hábitat y conservación de la fauna silvestre," dijo Araujo.
Los nuevos cazadores comúnmente preguntan, ¿pero dónde puedo cazar? El Permiso Anual para Cazar en Áreas Públicas, de $48, ofrece acceso a más de 200 áreas a través del estado para cazar venado cola blanca, paloma, guajolote, aves acuáticas, ardillas marrano alzado y otras especies. El curso expondrá más información sobre este Permiso y las áreas públicas de caza.
El curso es obligatorio para todos los cazadores, incluyendo visitantes de otros estados y de otros países, que hayan nacido después del 1 de septiembre de 1971. La edad mínima para certificarse es 9 años de edad. Anualmente, más de 30,000 jóvenes y adultos en Texas reciben la certificación de educación en cacería, misma que además de ser vitalicia es reconocida por todos los estados de la Unión Americana y provincias canadienses que requieren este curso.
Este curso de cacería en español cuesta $15 por persona y requiere hacer reservación llamando al (512) 389-4901. Vea más información en: tpwd.texas.gov/caceria
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This release in English: http://tpwd.texas.gov/newsmedia/releases/?req=20120807c

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Aug. 7, 2012
Conditions Ripe for Dove Season
AUSTIN -- A bumper crop of native sunflower and other seed producing weedy plants this year have created ideal habitat conditions leading into September's dove hunter opener. Better habitat is good for the birds, but might make hunting tougher during the early migratory game bird seasons, according to Texas Parks and Wildlife Department biologists.
"Abundant seed production, predominately sunflower and croton will help recently fledged birds to rapidly put on weight," said Corey Mason with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. "But, quality range conditions could also cause doves to disperse as food sources become readily available and make managed fields less attractive early in the season."
Texas dove season in the North and Central Dove Zones will run from Saturday, Sept. 1 through Wednesday, Oct. 24 and reopen Saturday, Dec. 22 through Sunday, Jan. 6, with a 15-bird daily bag and not more than two white-tipped doves.
The South Zone dove season will run Friday, Sept. 21 through Sunday, Oct. 28, reopening Saturday, Dec. 22 through Tuesday, Jan. 22 with a 15-bird daily bag and not more than two white-tipped doves.
The Special White-winged Dove Area will be restricted to afternoon-only (noon to sunset) hunting the first two full weekends in September running from Sept. 1-2 and 8-9 and reopen when the regular South Zone season begins on Friday, Sept. 21 through Sunday, Oct. 28 and again from Saturday , Dec. 22 through Friday, Jan. 18. The Special White-winged Dove Area season takes four of the allowable 70 days, so when the regular season opens, this area must close four days earlier than the rest of the South Zone. During the early two weekends, the daily bag limit is 15 birds, to include not more than four mourning doves and 2 white-tipped doves. Once the general season opens, the aggregate bag limit will be 15 with no more than 2 white-tipped doves.
"I'm seeing lots of growth of sunflowers, crotons, and other early-succession stage 'weeds' that should provide abundant food sources and hunting opportunities when they ripen in the fall," said Mike Krueger, TPWD district biologist in Kerrville.
"Most of the Trans-Pecos is holding good numbers of doves at this point," said Jason Wagner, TPWD biologist in Fort Stockton. "There are plenty of seed producing forbs and good tank water that should hold the birds until season. Last year's wildfires also created good dove habitat by allowing for forb growth and bare ground that mourning doves prefer for feeding. Usually the best dove hunting in the Trans-Pecos can be found around dirt tanks in the evenings. Also look for dove concentrations around the wildfire areas feeding on seeds."
For hunters looking for hunting opportunities on public lands, check out TPWD's Public Hunting Program, TPWD offers affordable access to quality hunting experiences with the purchase of a $48 Annual Public Hunting (APH) Permit.
Permit holders have access to more than 100 hunting units leased from private landowners specifically for dove and small game. An online map feature allows for "virtual scouting" of these areas. By clicking on the locator points, you can follow links to detailed aerial maps with highlighted boundaries and links to information pages from the APH information map booklet. A downloadable Google Earth file (.kml) is also available that contains all the boundary information along with links to the corresponding APH map booklet pages.
Hunters are reminded that in addition to a valid Texas hunting license, a state Migratory Game Bird Stamp, and certification in the Harvest Information Program (HIP) is required. HIP certification is offered when you buy your license and involves responding to a few simple questions about your migratory game bird harvest during the previous season. Hunting licenses expire annually on Aug. 31.