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[ Media Contact: TPWD News, news@tpwd.texas.gov, 512-389-8030 ]
[ Additional Contacts: Davilyn Walston, US Attorney's Office 409-981-7902, Davilyn.Walston@usdoj.gov; Steve Lightfoot, TPWD, 512-389-4701, steve.lightfoot@tpwd.texas.gov ]
Sept. 9, 2013
Shreveport Man Sentenced for Illegally Transporting Deer in East Texas
TYLER- A 57-year-old Shreveport, LA, man has been sentenced to pay more than $14,000 in restitution and serve 48 hours of community service as conditions of a two year probated sentence for federal wildlife violations in the Eastern District of Texas, announced U.S. Attorney John M. Bales today.
Stephen Anderson Sipes Jr. pleaded guilty on June 10, 2013, to negligent transportation of wildlife and was sentenced today by U.S. Magistrate Judge John D. Love.
According to information presented in court, Sipes had an ownership interest in a high-fence ranch in Sanderson, Texas. On Jan. 14, 2010, Sipes transported and possessed 14 live, illegally imported whitetail deer valued at over $350 each from Carthage, Missouri to the ranch in Sanderson, which is prohibited by Texas law. The fair market value of the illegally imported whitetail deer was approximately $5,650.
Sipes must pay $14,016.49 in restitution to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation to compensate the agency for costs incurred in protecting the native deer from the risk of disease potentially carried by the Missouri whitetails.
This case was investigated by the Special Operations Unit of the Texas Parks and Wildlife and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jim Noble.

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[ Additional Contacts: Rob McCorkle, TPWD, (830) 866-3533 or robert.mccorkle@tpwd.texas.gov; Paul Kisel, Texas State Parks, (903) 465-1956 or paul.kisel@tpwd.texas.gov ]
Sept. 9, 2013
Eisenhower State Park Hosts Free Fly Fishing Course This Saturday
DENISON-Many people fish the waters of Lake Texoma, but few fish it with a fly rod in hand. To learn the basics of fly fishing, Eisenhower State Park is partnering with the Red River Fly Fishers to present a Learn to Fly Fish Course this Saturday, Sept. 14.
Park entry fees are waived for this event, and there is no cost to take the course, which will take place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the state park's Recreation Hall. No preregistration is required. Equipment will be provided or you may bring your own.
Anglers will learn such fly fishing techniques as casting, fly tying, tying proper fishing knots, equipment and outdoor ethics. Local anglers will be on hand to share knowledge of favorite spots inlocal lakes and rivers.
For experienced anglers, instructors will be on hand for a casting clinicdesigned to help an angler improve fly casting distance and accuracy. After learning it all, you'll want to use your fly rod tocatch all species of fish. To prove that fly rods catch more than justtrout, instructors will point you in the right direction toward thestate park shoreline to test your new skills on the bass and sunfish that swim in the lake. Anglers are reminded that a fishing license is not required to fish from a bank or pier within any Texas state park.
Angler education events like this are offered free to the public as part of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department's Go Fish! program. Eisenhower State Park also offers a tackle loaner program where fly fishing equipment is available at no charge so visitors can borrow fly fishing gear and fish at their own pace.
More than a century ago, an angler named Frank Forester once said, "Fly fishing may well be considered the most beautiful of all rural sports." The same holds true today.
Eisenhower State Park is located on the southeast shore of Lake Texoma, a lake known for its tremendous fishery and abundance of striped bass. For more information about this event or otherEisenhower State Park events, contact park Superintendent Paul Kisel at (903) 465-1956.

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Sept. 9, 2013
Nominations Sought for Texas Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame
Deadline for submission of nominations is December 31
ATHENS, Texas -- Individuals or organizations that have made a lasting contribution to freshwater fishing in Texas may be nominated through December 31 for induction into the Texas Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame.
Nominations may be made in the categories of industry, angler or media. The nominee must be a Texan or Texas organization. Individuals may be either living or deceased. Selection will be made by an independent committee; induction will take place during the annual Hall of Fame banquet at the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center in Athens.
Prior inductees include Floyd Mabry, Jackie Hewlett, R.D. Hull, Bob Kemp, Nick Crème, Charlie Inman, Sugar Ferris, Leonard Ranne, Earl Golding, Kathy Magers, the Sabine River Authority, Skeeter Boats, Michael ("Shorty") Powers, Ray Murski, Albert S. ("Buddy") Bradley, Richard M. Hart, William B. ("Doc") Shelton, Charlie Pack, Paul Hinton, Edward Bond, Philip Durocher, David Campbell, Tommy Martin, Lonnie Stanley and Edward Parten.
Members of the Texas Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame committee include Philip Durocher, former director of the Inland Fisheries Division of Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD); Dave Terre, chief of management and research for the Inland Fisheries Division of TPWD; Alton Jones, professional angler; Dan Kessler, Assistant Director of Transportation for the North Central Texas Council of Governments and a member of the Texas State Bass Tournament committee; Dale Rabe, retired, former General Motors executive, current small business owner and member of the Texas State Bass Tournament committee.
Also, Amanda Murski, owner, Murski-Breeding Sales Company; Tim Cook, owner of Cook's Sharpening Service and conservation director for the Texas BASS Federation Nation; Bob Lusk, publisher of Pond Boss magazine and private waters management consultant; Buddy Bradley, retired, formerly customer relations manager for T.U. Electric and advisor to Shakespeare Tackle Company and Bomber Bait Company; Dr. Billy Higginbotham, professor and extension wildlife and fisheries specialist, Texas A & M University; and Richard Ray, anchor/reporter for Fox4 News in Dallas/Fort Worth.
Nomination forms and instructions are available on the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department web site or by calling (903) 670-2255.
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[ Media Contact: TPWD News, news@tpwd.texas.gov, 512-389-8030 ]
[ Additional Contacts: Larry Hodge, (903) 670-2255, larry.hodge@tpwd.texas.gov, Juan Martinez, (903) 670-2285, juan.martinez@tpwd.texas.gov ]
Sept. 9, 2013
Toyota ShareLunker Season 28 Begins October 1
ATHENS--The 28th season of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) Toyota ShareLunker program will begin October 1.
Anyone legally catching a 13-pound or bigger largemouth bass from Texas waters, public or private, between October 1 and April 30 may submit the fish to the Toyota ShareLunker program. Fish will be picked up by TPWD personnel within 12 hours.
Anglers entering fish into the Toyota ShareLunker program receive a free replica of their fish, a certificate and ShareLunker clothing and are recognized at a banquet at the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center in Athens. The person who catches the season's largest entry will be named Angler of the Year. If the Angler of the Year is a Texas resident, that person also receives a lifetime fishing license.
Prizes and funding for the banquet are provided by Toyota, which also provides a Tundra pickup truck for use in picking up and returning the majority of lunkers and their offspring.
The numbers to call to report a ShareLunker catch remain the same. The voice number, which is answered 24 hours a day, seven days a week during the season, is (903) 681-0550. If poor cell phone service prevents use of the voice number, anglers can leave a phone number (including area code) at (888) 784-0600. That number is also monitored 24/7 during the season.
Whether you expect to catch a ShareLunker or not, it's a good idea to program those numbers into your phone before the season begins. Also, if you have a scale, check its accuracy. If you don't have one, find a place near where you fish that has a certified scale and will weigh fish, such as a feed store, grocery store or bait shop. Official ShareLunker weigh and holding stations have been established at a number of reservoirs; a list is at http://tpwd.texas.gov/spdest/visitorcenters/tffc/sharelunker/holding/.
For complete information and rules of the ShareLunker program, tips on caring for big bass, a list of official Toyota ShareLunker weigh and holding stations and a recap of last year's season, see tpwd.texas.gov/sharelunker/. The site also includes a searchable database of all fish entered into the program along with pictures where available.
Information on current catches, including short videos of interviews with anglers when available, will be posted on www.facebook.com/sharelunkerprogram. "Like" this page and you can receive notification and photos of catches as soon as they become available.
ShareLunker entries are used in a selective breeding program at the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center (TFFC) in Athens. Some of the offspring from these fish are stocked back into the water body from which they were caught. Other ShareLunker offspring are stocked in public waters around the state in an attempt to increase the overall size and growth rate of largemouth bass in Texas.
The Toyota ShareLunker Program is made possible by a grant to the Texas Parks & Wildlife Foundation from Gulf States Toyota. Toyota is a long-time supporter of the Foundation and Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, providing major funding for a wide variety of education, fish, parks and wildlife projects.
On the Net:
How to handle and care for big fish: http://tpwd.texas.gov/spdest/visitorcenters/tffc/sharelunker/handle/
List of official Toyota ShareLunker Weigh and Holding Stations: http://tpwd.texas.gov/spdest/visitorcenters/tffc/sharelunker/holding/
Frequently asked questions about the ShareLunker program: http://tpwd.texas.gov/spdest/visitorcenters/tffc/sharelunker/faq/