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[ Media Contact: TPWD News, news@tpwd.texas.gov, 512-389-8030 ]
[ Additional Contacts: Lindsey Pope, Texas Department Of Agriculture, (512) 463-5044, Lindsey.Pope@TexasAgriculture.gov ; Lauren Mulverhill , Texas Water Development Board, (512) 463-2322, Lauren.Mulverhill@twdb.texas.gov; Tom Harvey, Texas Parks & Wildlife, (512) 389-4453, tom.harvey@tpwd.texas.gov ]
Oct. 1, 2013
Coalition Extends Drought Photo Campaign, Asks Texans to Document Conservation, Positive Drought Response
Deadline to Submit Photos Extended to Oct. 31; Best Photos to be Displayed at Texas Capitol
AUSTIN -- A the coalition of three state agencies has extended through October their "What does your Texas drought look like?" statewide photo project, which has already has received hundreds of compelling photographs documenting the devastation caused by the ongoing drought. And the coalition is now asking Texans to share photos showing the other side of the drought, by documenting innovative water conservation methods and positive drought responses.
The Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA), Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) and Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) announced today that Texans have an extra month to submit their photos. The new deadline is Thursday, Oct. 31.
Additionally, TDA, TWDB and TPWD will display some of the most compelling photos in an exhibit at the Texas Capitol from Oct. 28 through Nov. 1. Examples of the outstanding photos provided by Texans from across the state are on TPWD's news images web page.
"Each Texan has experienced the drought's ferocity in different ways," Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples said. "Our agencies are joining forces to collect and share these stories with other Texans, as well as for the historical record for future generations to appreciate the importance of drought preparedness and proactive, voluntary water conservation. We know citizen-led conservation efforts are our best alternative to mandated restrictions that can hurt our economy."
Texas' many diverse regions are each experiencing the drought in unique ways. This project aims to educate Texans on the critical nature of drought and water conservation. By providing the photographs, the public will help TDA, TWDB and TPWD create a historical archive. The agencies believe it is important for Texans to contribute their personal photos that illustrate the creative uses of native plants, water conservation methods and other positive responses to the drought.
"The photo campaign has revealed the widespread scope of the Texas drought and some of the innovative ways Texans are responding," said TWDB Board Chairman Carlos Rubinstein. "Because TWDB takes the lead in several agricultural, municipal and industrial water conservation programs, we'd like to see even more ways Texans are saving water during the drought. Conservation of the state's water resources is a vital part of this conversation."
According to the U.S. Drought Monitor, more than 93 percent of Texas is experiencing some form of drought, and more than 64 percent of the state is suffering from severe to exceptional drought.
"Even though there have been welcome rains across parts of Texas in September, and people in cities may see some green on their lawns, it's important to understand the drought is by no means over," TPWD Executive Director Carter Smith said. "Lake levels remain low across much of the state, river flows are down, bay salinities are high--the picture remains serious by many measures. This project thus has an important role to remind people about the toll of drought, and it underscores the importance of water planning and conservation. We all have a role to play in conserving water."
Photographs and video may be submitted to the Flickr group, "What does your Texas drought look like?" at www.flickr.com/groups/texasdrought. This is a public webpage that anyone with an Internet connection can view, even those who are not members of Flickr. Rules and instructions on how to share photos are available on the Flickr page.
Photographs also may be posted to Twitter or Instagram. Please use the hashtag #txdrought when sharing photos. The campaign's Instagram account is texasdrought. Tag photos with date, location and include a short description. Additionally, anyone can email up to three photos to TexasDrought@yahoo.com, and project organizers will post the pictures to the Flickr page. All user-submitted photographs must be original content.

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[ Additional Contacts: James Booker, (903) 670-2266, james.booker@tpwd.texas.gov ]
Oct. 1, 2013
Halloween at the Hatchery Preparations Under Way
ATHENS--Halloween at the Hatchery takes place at the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center (TFFC) October 24, and local businesses and organizations are invited to take part.
TFFC offers three ways to take part in this annual community service event that benefits local charitable organizations. A business or organization may sponsor the event by making a cash contribution to defray the costs of decorations and publicity. Another way to be involved is to give away candy to the children who will attend.
If you are really into the Halloween spirit, consider taking on responsibility for decorating an area at TFFC for the event. Areas will be judged during the event and prizes awarded.
The event will run from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, October 24, 2013. Organizations giving away candy are expected to provide enough candy for 3,000 children. There is no charge for booths at the event.
Halloween at the Hatchery is a Friends of TFFC event.
Anyone interested in participating in the event or becoming a sponsor should contact Jim Booker by at (903) 670-2266 to reserve a space.

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Oct. 1, 2013
Game Warden Field Notes
The following items are compiled from recent Texas Parks and Wildlife Department law enforcement reports.
--Hot Tamale A Val Verde County game warden received a call from the Del Rio Police Department about a small SUV that had a white-tailed deer in the back seat. The warden asked the woman about the deer and she said she needed it for tamales she was planning to make the next day. One case filed for possession in closed season and one case of DWI filed by the Del Rio Police Department.
--Guessing Game An Ellis County game warden met a new farmer at a gas station who wanted his business card because he was having trouble with dove hunters on his properties. One day, the farmer called the warden with the license plate of a truck with two men inside who were shooting at dove while driving down the road. The warden drove to the location and picked up hulls on the road and proceeded to look for the truck. The truck was spotted just as it was turning into the driveway. After confronting the subjects about their hunt, the warden made a deal with them and said, "I'll leave, but only if I can't guess what gauge shotgun is in the gun case in your backseat, and I'll bet in that camouflage bag there are low brass, Winchester #8 shot shells that are red in color." After puzzled looks and realizing the warden knew more than they thought he did, the two men confessed and multiple citations are pending.
--Over Limits; Over Line A Williamson County game warden received an Operation Game Thief call about people who were shooting over a property line in Jonah. When the warden arrived at the location, he was unable to locate shooters. He returned to the same area later that evening and heard several shots coming from the property. When the warden contacted the shooter, he found that the man was in possession of 19 mourning doves, four over his daily bag limit, did not have a hunting license, and was in possession of a stolen Remington 20-gauge out of Irving. The shotgun and birds were confiscated and charges are pending.
--Aiming for Trouble An Edwards County game warden and a Real County game warden saw a group of people taking fish illegally with a spear gun. When they confronted the group, the wardens found 42 illegally taken game fish. The subjects were issued numerous citations for taking fish by illegal means and methods.
--Not so Squeaky Clean Two San Augustine County game wardens received information about possible road hunting -- including the description of a vehicle seen leaving the area shortly after the shots. The wardens searched the area and on a nearby dirt road discovered deer tracks on the road. Following the tracks, the wardens found a fresh blood-stained scene. Taking into account the totality of the circumstance and the wardens knowledge of local poachers, they hastily went to a residence less than two miles away. Upon arrival, the wardens saw a vehicle matching the description from the scene. The back of the truck looked as if it was freshly washed, but the cleaning was not good enough to hide fresh blood and hair that was still noticeable. The wardens were given permission from the property owner to search the freezer and refrigerator inside the residence. Inside the refrigerator was a bag of still-warm deer meat. The wardens located the suspects and confessions were obtained
--Spotlight Shooting Two Shelby County game wardens received a call in the early morning hours from the local sheriff's office regarding a traffic stop conducted by state troopers at the Department of Public Safety. The sheriff's office advised the warden that in the trunk of the car was a live deer. When they arrived, the wardens noticed a .22-caliber rifle, two pellet guns, several flashlights, and a live mature doe in the trunk. After interviewing the subjects and examining the doe, the wardens could tell the deer had been shot with the .22-caliber rifle. The subjects admitted to hunting deer at night and using their car headlights to spotlight and shoot the doe from the roadway. All four subjects were taken to Shelby County Jail.
--Corny Excuse While patrolling the Trinity River during the opening day of teal season, Trinity County game wardens heard several shotgun shots coming from the other side of a hill covered in goat weed. The wardens walked in and found two dove hunters. The hunters were very surprised and immediately began walking towards the wardens. When asked for hunting licenses, the hunters were extremely nervous and had a hard time removing their licenses from the pouches. The wardens asked the hunters why they were so nervous and if there was anything they needed to know about. The hunters replied no and said the last time they were checked in this county they were hunting ducks with lead shot and received citations. While the hunters were speaking to a warden separately, the other warden began searching the area by the hunters' folding chairs. The warden found corn on the ground in the area where they were hunting. The hunters denied knowing anything about the corn. Citations for hunting over bait were issued.