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2017 Bird Hunting Forecast - Texas Parks and Wildlife


It’s a season of plenty for upland bird hunters this year thanks to a lot of rain and a mild summer. Hunting in Texas is big business bringing more than three-billion dollars to the state’s economy. And Texas Parks and Wildlife biologists say this year should be one of the best for bird hunters.

Deer Hunting Forecast 2017 - Texas Parks and Wildlife


Deer hunting brings in more than 2 billion dollars to the state’s economy each year and as fall comes to Texas, more than one million hunters are gearing up for another season. But just how is this year’s season shaping up for sportsmen and women now that we’ve seen a little rain? Texas Parks and Wildlife has this report.

The Texas Pollinator BioBlitz


During the Texas Pollinator BioBlitz September 23 - October 8, observe butterflies, moths, bees and other pollinators and post your pictures to Instagram and iNaturalist. Join one of the many events around the state! Details at https://tpwd.texas.gov/education/bioblitz

Hurricane Harvey by the numbers


As we prepare to assist with Hurricane Irma, here is a quick look back at how Hurricane Harvey affected us.

Search for Bugs and Butterflies during Texas Pollinator BioBlitz


The Texas Pollinator BioBlitz is a statewide effort to observe and identify as many pollinators as possible from September 23 - October 8, 2017. Here's how to participate: https://tpwd.texas.gov/education/bioblitz/

Texas Game Wardens rescue families trapped by flooding from Hurricane Harvey


August 29, 2017: Over 200 Texas Game Wardens are mobilized to rescue families trapped by flooding from Hurricane Harvey. Texas State Park Police officers as well as game wardens from Florida and Louisiana are deployed as well across Houston and other areas impacted by flooding.

Hurricane Harvey Hits and Texas Responds


Hurricane Harvey devastated the Texas coast on August 26, 2017. Texas Parks and Wildlife Game Wardens and State Park Police Officers mobilized for search-and-rescue operations while Texas State Parks waived entrance fees for evacuees, hosting more than 3,000 evacuees within 24 hours. To see a list of state parks with space for evacuees, visit http://www.TexasStateParks.org

New season Texas Hunting and Fishing Licenses on Sale Today


100% of Texas hunting and fishing license fees fund habitat restoration, land conservation, fish and wildlife management and Texas Game Wardens. Get your license online or from a retailer near you at https://tpwd.texas.gov/business/licenses/online_sales/

Dove Forecast 2017


For those outdoorsmen and women who anticipate the opening of dove season September 1st, the wait is almost over and this year the season is 20 days longer. That gives hunters more time to take their shot at the more than 30-million mourning doves in Texas. Texas Parks and Wildlife has this report.

McFaddin Beach Makeover


3 miles of shoreline just got a makeover at the McFaddin National Wildlife Refuge. Hurricanes destroyed the dunes along the upper Texas coast, leaving fragile marsh habitat unprotected. Take a look at the restoration efforts:

Saltcedar Treatment - Texas Parks and Wildlife [Official]


Texas Parks and Wildlife and a group of partners are working together to manage invasive saltcedar on the upper Brazos River in West Texas at no cost to landowner partners. In 2016, aerial herbicide treatment of 3,500 acres of saltcedar was used to help reduce the impacts of this destructive shrub in the watershed and the project will continue in summer 2017.

Texas Parks and Wildlife Green Business Leader


Texas Parks and Wildlife is the first state agency to reach "Platinum" status in the City of Austin's Green Business Leader Program.

Texas Parks & Wildlife Magazine 75th Years in Print


75 Years in Print The outdoor magazine of Texas has seen some changes over the last three-quarters of a century.  Meet the people who craft it each month and see what it takes to deliver the state’s great outdoors to mailboxes and newsstands everywhere.

Release The Kraken VNR - Texas Parks and Wildlife [Official]


With so many miles of coastal bottom in the Texas Gulf Coast and very little reef structure for fish to feed upon, Texas Parks and Wildlife has created an Artificial Reef Program that consists of everything from toppled oil rigs to man-made reef balls. Once these structures are encrusted with plants and animals that create habitat, the fish come and the fishermen come too. The latest offering to the reef program is a 371-foot cargo ship called The Kraken. To find out more about the Artificial Reef Program go to http://tpwd.texas.gov/artificialreef

Christmas Trees to Fish Habitat - Texas Parks and Wildlife [Official]


Texas Parks and Wildlife Inland Fisheries staff and the Still Waters Bass Club placed 150 Christmas trees into Stamford Reservior near Abilene to enhance angling opportunities on the lake on January, 28, 2017. Get coordinates on these and other fish attractors around Texas at http://tpwd.texas.gov/fishboat/fish/recreational/lakes/fish_attractors.phtml

Release the Kraken! Ship sunk as artificial reef off Galveston coast


The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s Artificial Reef Program sank a 371-ft cargo vessel, named The Kraken, on Jan. 20, 2017. Dubbed the Kraken after the mythical, squid-like sea monster immortalized on film and in literature, the vessel was sunk 67 miles off the coast of Galveston to create a new artificial reef. Over time, this sunken ship will become an artificial reef that attracts fish, coral and other invertebrates as well as divers and anglers. The Kraken’s proximity to the Flower Gardens Marine Sanctuary also makes it a premiere dive location in the Gulf of Mexico. Learn more about the Artificial Reef Program at http://tpwd.texas.gov/landwater/water/habitats/artificial_reef/index.phtml

How to Plan Your Park Getaway - Download the Free Mobile App


Download the free mobile guide to 95 Texas State Parks. Find a park near you, download trail maps and see photos and videos of each park. Available for iOS and Android from http://www.TexasStateParks.org/app

Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center 20th Anniversary - Texas Parks and Wildlife [Official]


Twenty years ago, Texas Parks and Wildlife opened an $18 million dollar facility dedicated to freshwater fishing that didn't cost them a dime. The Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center in Athens, Texas is a world class visitor and education center as well as a fish hatchery producing millions of fish to stock Texas lakes each year. The center was paid for through private funding and corporate sponsors along with federal funding brought together by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation.

Turkeys On The Move East - Texas Parks and Wildlife [Official]


Decades of restocking the Eastern Wild Turkey has proven successful for some East Texas counties, but many areas still aren’t seeing birds. A new research study will focus on some recently transplanted birds outfitted with GPS transmitters to find out what turkeys think is a good home. Hunters: report your harvest with this free app: http://tpwd.texas.gov/huntwild/hunt/hunt-harvest-app/

Brighter Future in State Parks - Texas Parks and Wildlife [Official]


A giant helping hand in the form of millions of dollars has reached out to state parks thanks to a significant increase in dedicated funding passed by the 84th Texas Legislature. 94 percent of the state sales tax revenue from sporting goods will now go to fund park facilities and operations. That has park staff and park visitors looking forward to a brighter future. To find out more about state park improvements go to TexasStateParks.org/BrighterFuture

ADA Hunt at Inks Lake State Park


Hunting season is right around the corner. But most hunting blinds are not designed for people with disabilities. Inks Lake State Park northwest of Austin has tackled that problem by building special hunting blinds that are accessible for people with physical limitations. Find public hunting opportunities at http://tpwd.texas.gov/huntwild/hunt/public/

Lone Star Law - Texas Parks and Wildlife [Official]


For more than 100 years they’ve protected our natural resources, the fish and wildlife that we enjoy. They even help in disasters with water rescues and save human lives. But we don’t always see them in action …. until now. Texas Parks and Wildlife Game Wardens have their own television series called Lone Star Law that begins airing June 2 on Animal Planet. State Game Wardens featured in the first season walked the red carpet in Austin at a sneak preview earlier this year. The show premieres June 2 on Animal Planet. Anyone can follow Lone Star Law at https://www.facebook.com/LoneStarLaw/

Dogs Sniff Out Invasive Zebra Mussels - Texas Parks and Wildlife [Official]


The battle to stop the spread of destructive zebra mussels has some new soldiers – canine ones. And they come armed with noses that can sniff out the culprits, tiny invasive mussels and their microscopic larvae that travel from lake to lake by hitching a ride on boats. Working Dogs for Conservation is a non-profit organization that is taking it's show on the road to inform people about the threat of zebra mussels. The demonstration aims to recruit boaters' help in stopping the spread by keeping their boats clean, drained, and dry. It is illegal to transport zebra mussels or to leave a public water body without draining all water. These statewide laws apply to all types or boats including sailboats, kayaks, canoes or any other vessel used on public waters. For more information on Zebra Mussels, including a video on how to clean, drain and dry your boat, go to www.texasinvasives.org/zebramussels

Great Texas Birding Classic 20th Anniversary - Texas Parks and Wildlife [Official]


What’s been called America’s longest and wildest birding competition turns 20 this spring, and it’s not just for avian experts anymore. The Great Texas Birding Classic has moved from a week on the coast to a month statewide, and it’s added new categories so more people can take part. All this is generating record participation, and more entry fees to benefit bird habitat. Texas Parks and Wildlife has this report.The 20th annual Great Texas Birding Classic begins April 15 and continues through May 15 with chances to compete in numerous categories. Last year raised $25,000 in grant money through team registration and event sponsorship. That money was donated back to the bird habitat conservation and nature tourism projects in Texas with winning teams input. For more information go to www.BirdingClassic.org

Texas Big Game Awards 25th Anniversary - Texas Parks and Wildlife [Official]


Hunting season is wrapping up but many hunters will relive their hunts at the annual Texas Big Game Awards. For 25 years, the program, sponsored by the Texas Wildlife Association and the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, has recognized hunters and landowners for conserving wildlife and wildlife habitat on private lands. The program is especially memorable for first-time hunters. For more information, visit https://www.TexasBigGameAwards.org