TPW Television 2021-2022 Season

Microfishing, Battling for Bats, Guadalupe River

Program 3001 - October 10-16, 2021, and April 10-16, 2022

Microfishing, Battling for Bats, Guadalupe River

In the first show of the 37th season, put on a mask and snorkel and explore the tiny, underwater world of microfishing, Visit Guadalupe River State Park to camp under the trees, take a bike ride, and find some fun for the whole family. Enjoy a...

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Most anglers go after the big fish, but a growing group of fish fanciers like to dive into local streams and springs to target the tiny. Welcome to the small, fascinating, underwater world of microfishing.

Bat biologists climb deep into culverts to fight the deadly White-nose Syndrome. It's a new spray away concept that they hope will save a rare Texas bat species.

Visit Guadalupe River State Park to camp under the trees, swim, take a bike ride, and find some fun for the whole family.

If you'’re looking for an alternative to the mainstream, take a ride down the Sabine Sandbar Paddling Trail. Hidden deep in East Texas, this meandering trail is a great place to find some peace and quiet.

A morning in the swamp at North Toledo Bend Wildlife Management Area.

Shrimping, Brazos Bend, Big-Eared Bats

Program 3002 - October 17-23, 2021, and April 17-23, 2022

Shrimping, Brazos Bend, Big-Eared Bats

Spend some time on a shrimp boat with a family that has been working Texas waters for decades. Visit Brazos Bend State Park for hiking, biking, and stargazing, and keep an eye out for the alligators. An abandoned house in the woods proves the perfect...

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Shrimping is and has always been a way of life for the Stringo family. Five generations of Stringos have shrimped the Gulf and Bays of Texas. But times are tough, and while most of the family has given up, there is one Stringo still on the water.

Known as a nature-lover's paradise, the diverse ecosystems of Brazos Bend State Park attract equally diverse people from the nearby metropolis of Houston. Learn about some of the things visitors enjoy doing at this popular state park.

Meet a man in Utopia who helps save souls, when he isn't helping save lasting mementos of hunting and fishing trips.

Get an up-close look at a bat few folks ever get to see. Travel to east Texas and visit the Trinity River National Wildlife Refuge, to catch a glimpse of the rare Rafinesque's Big-eared Bat.

Bobwhite Quail cool off and chow-down in a Panhandle cotton field.

Starry Skies, Brushy Creek, Spooky Wildlife

Program 3003 - October 24-30, 2021, and April 24-30, 2022

Starry Skies, Brushy Creek, Spooky Wildlife

Witness the wonders of West Texas' starry skies and meet the educator working to keep them that way. Neighbors team together to manage over 10,000 acres to benefit eastern wild turkey and further their restoration in East Texas. See some of the...

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The Davis Mountains have some of the best views in the world for stargazing. Meet an astronomer working to keep away light pollution and protect the dark skies of West Texas.

Meet some neighbors who team up for turkey work. The Brushy Creek Co-op in East Texas consists of over 10,000 acres that provide habitat for Eastern wild turkey, helping restore the birds in East Texas.

From his youth as a migrant worker, a man cultivates his passion for nature into a career as an outdoor artist. Meet Clemente Guzman, whose personal story is as inspiring as his artwork.

A copperhead slithering around your backyard is just about the last thing you would want to run into. Well, imagine hundreds of copperheads spreading across your back forty. That’s exactly what's happening to one Texas landowner. He used to eliminate them, but now he saves the snakes for science.

Bayou City, Park Barkers, Martin Creek Lake

Program 3004 - October 31-November 6, 2021, and May 1- 7, 2022

Bayou City, Park Barkers, Martin Creek Lake

Meet some of Houston's most dedicated bayou conservationists, striving to keep a city and its watery wilderness in better balance. Hit the trail with some furry friends at Franklin Mountains State Park and learn how to keep canine companions safe...

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Meet some of Houston's most dedicated bayou conservationists, learn about issues the bayou ecosystem has faced over the past century, and see some hope for keeping an urban area and its watery wilderness in balance.

Take a hike with a dozen dogs through Franklin Mountains State Park and learn some tips for keeping your canine companion comfortable and safe on the trail.

Fall is a great time to head outdoors in East Texas. At Martin Creek Lake State Park the fall foliage draws campers, hikers, and anglers to this heavily wooded park on a 5000 acre lake.

Deer Dividends on Opening Day, Looking After Land

Program 3005 - November 7-13, 2021, and May 8-14, 2022

Deer Dividends on Opening Day, Looking After Land

Residents of many small Texas towns look forward to deer hunting season, for the time it brings with friends and family, as well as for the economic boost hunting brings to local businesses. See how one community comes alive when hunters arrive. Meet...

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Hunting is not only a tradition in small towns across Texas, it is also an important part of the local economy. The people of Goldthwaite, Texas look forward to deer season as quality time with friends and family, and as a time when hunters spend vital dollars in the town's stores, gas stations and restaurants. Travel to Goldthwaite for the opening weekend of deer season to see how this quiet community comes alive when the hunters arrive.

The story of the Pigfoot Ranch is not one of stark before and after, but rather of a long-time legacy of excellent land stewardship. Dating back to 1885, the Head Family has worked to preserve Pigfoot’s pristine native prairie savannas and its crystal-clear creeks.

Like so much of the Central Texas Hill Country, Mills County is a great place to find white-tailed deer.

San Pedro Ranch, Winter Trout, Texas Quail

Program 3006 - November 14-20, 2021, and May 15-21, 2022

San Pedro Ranch, Winter Trout, Texas Quail

A rich ranching history is sustained on the San Pedro Ranch, where management decisions are made to make the most of every raindrop. Winter stocking of rainbow trout in the Guadalupe River is a much-anticipated annual event. See how habitat loss has...

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In the southwestern borderlands of Texas, the San Pedro Ranch has a rich history and ranching tradition, kept alive since 1932 by the Fitzsimons and Howard families. Today this 23,000 acre ranch is managed for cattle and a diverse wildlife population, in balance with a habitat that can be both harsh and delicate. On the edge of the Chihuahuan Desert, drought is an expectation, so the San Pedro Ranch works to make the most of every raindrop.

The annual winter stocking of rainbow trout in the Guadalupe River is a much-anticipated event. Check out some of the best spots to go to catch these feisty freshwater fish.

Texas has long been known for its robust quail populations, but habitat loss has impacted all four quail species in the state. Though their homes range from desert floodplain and brush land to prairie grasslands, these quail species need native habitat to thrive. Find out how researchers, non-profits, landowners and land managers are working together to keep quail numbers healthy statewide.

Lost Lizards Return, Angler Access, Map Mementos

Program 3007 - November 21-27, 2021, and May 22-28, 2022

Lost Lizards Return, Angler Access, Map Mementos

The San Antonio Zoo raises Texas horned lizards in a bold effort to restore them to the landscape. See how a new partnership with private landowners is helping anglers and paddlers gain better access to Texas rivers. A hiker and woodworker preserves...

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The San Antonio Zoo breeds threatened Texas horned lizards with the hope of restoring them to landscapes that may once again support them. See some captive lizards take their first steps of freedom in this bold experiment.

In an urbanizing state with limited public lands, accessing the outdoors can be a tough task. But a new program, in partnership with participating landowners, is helping paddlers and anglers access rivers like never before.

Alex Ahrens loves to explore trails throughout Texas, but when he is not hiking, Alex enjoys woodworking. So he has found a way to combine his passions and bring his love of the outdoors into his woodshop—preserving the places he loves to hike as wooden map mementos.

Armed with a smartphone and a savvy for social media, one Austin urbanite's outdoor experience might be a little different than his grandfather's, but getting outside can still fit with a modern, urban lifestyle.

Spill Recovery, History Connection & Water for Wildlife

Program 3008 - November 28-December 4, 2021, and May 29-June 4, 2022

Spill Recovery, History Connection & Water for Wildlife

When an oil spill affects our rivers, creeks or coastline, meet the team that steps in to investigate the impacts to fish and wildlife. Through his time with a group of Buffalo Soldier re-enactors, a young man learns about these accomplished...

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When there's an oil spill along the coast or pollution in a small county creek, the fish and wildlife that live there are often hit the hardest. Meet the team of biologists who are called when it is time to investigate the impacts.

An aspiring nature photographer joins a group of Buffalo Soldier re-enactors and discovers history's ultimate outdoorsmen.

In a Wildlife Management Area far, far away, a group of dedicated conservationists put their skills to work, building special rainwater catchment systems known as “guzzlers.” These moisture-collecting guzzlers provide water for bighorn sheep, and any other animal looking for a drink in the desert.

Load up the bikes and try out some of the mountain bike trails at Colorado Bend State Park.