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Texas, A Place to Hunt

Finding a place to hunt is getting increasingly difficult for many Texas hunters. A father-daughter dove hunting family from Houston has found the perfect solution, the Annual Public Hunting Permit, which allows them access to over 1 million acres of land across the state. For more information, visit

Welcome to Texas Parks and Wildlife Hunter Education

Executive Director Carter Smith welcomes hunters to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department's Hunter Education program.

Hogs Wild, Fighting the Feral Pig Problem

Feral hogs are running wild across Texas, at great cost to farmers, ranchers, and native wildlife. Hunters are helping, but science may prove critical to controlling the invasion on a broader scale. For more information on feral hogs and feral hog control, visit: #feralhogs #feralpigs #wildhog

Texas Tussle, A Gator Hunt

Texas Tussle, A Gator Hunt It's a hot muggy afternoon in an east Texas marsh, and it's time to hunt for alligators. We tag along with some lucky hunters that get a chance of a lifetime to hunt alligators at the J.D. Murphree Wildlife Management Area. For more information check out #gators #alligator #alligators

How to Field Dress a Deer

A demonstration of how to field dress a deer. For more information on Hunter Education go to:

How To Avoid Violating Texas Hunting Laws

Game Warden Andrew Alexander describes the most common violations deer hunters make and offers tips on how to avoid them. Find public hunting lands, regulations and more at

What to Expect at a CWD Check Station

If you harvest a deer in a CWD zone, it is mandatory that you present your harvest to a CWD check station within 48 hours. Here's what you can expect when you bring your harvest to a CWD check station. It only takes a few minutes, it's free and it helps manage the spread of Chronic Wasting Disease. Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) is a fatal disease that threatens wild and captive deer. Visit our website for more information about current CWD zones

How to Use a CWD Test Drop Box

If you harvest a deer in a CWD zone, it is mandatory that you present your harvest to a CWD check station within 48 hours. But even if a CWD check station is unattended, you can still drop off a sample of your harvest for testing. You'll need to bring the head of your harvest, including the first two-to-three vertebrae of the neck. Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) is a fatal disease that threatens wild and captive deer. Visit our website for more information about current CWD zones

How to Clean, Store and Cook Dove

A demonstration on how to breast your dove, freeze them to preserve flavor and then grill them wrapped in bacon and stuffed with cheese and jalapeño. For more wild game recipes, see To find out more about Texas hunting, including regulations and public hunting areas, visit

The State of Quail | Texas Parks & Wildlife

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, and landowners and managers are working together to keep quail numbers healthy statewide. Watch the Texas Parks & Wildlife PBS television show,

How to Clean Your Shotgun

Tips on how to safely clean a shotgun. More on Texas hunting at

Texas Hunting Regulations: Antler Restrictions

Learn how to judge which bucks are legal harvest according to their antlers. Hunting info. at

Youth Duck Hunting

Young Guns Kids near Houston go duck hunting for the 1st time on a special youth hunt. More on Texas hunting at

Squirrel Hunting

Join a father and daughter as they go squirrel hunting at the Gus Engeling Wildlife Management Area and discover that time spent together in the woods is time well spent. Hunting info. at

Hunting Dog Tips

[cc] Hunting with a good dog is like dancing with a great partner. See how different breeds have special skills to help hunters find their quarry and minimize waste in the field.

Wild Game Cooking: Dove Breasts

Join chef Jeff Martinez of Austin's El Chile Cafe y Cantina as he cooks some dove breasts with a buffalo hot sauce to go on top of a celery, carrot and blue cheese salad. For more information on wild game recipes check out

Avoid these Common Deer Season Hunting Violations

An overview of common violations that Texas Game Wardens encounter in deer season, from improperly tagged deer to no hunter education certification. For more information on hunting in Texas, including regulations and public hunting opportunities, visit

How to butcher a venison leg quarter

A demonstration of how to butcher a venison rear leg quarter, how to remove the femur bone and separate the bottom round, the eye round and the top round roasts. To find out more about hunting in Texas, including wild game recipes, visit

Hogs Gone Wild - Feral Hogs in Childress, Texas

Feral hogs are domestic hogs that either escaped or were released for hunting purposes. Considered a nuisance animal, they compete with livestock and native wildlife for food. Their rooting and trampling can damage native habitat, fields and crops. It's estimated there are over 1.5 million feral hogs in Texas. Use extreme caution around mothers and their young and wounded hogs. These hogs were videotaped at the Childress High School wildlife management area. For more information, visit

Opening Weekend of Deer Season in Goldthwaite, Texas

Hunters Welcome, Goldrush in Goldthwaite Hunting is not only a tradition in small towns across Texas, it’s 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 Dove Hunter

The Dove Hunter You don’t have to grow up in a family of hunters to enjoy hunting. Meet an Austin man who took up hunting and fishing as an adult, and is determined to pass along these traditions to his sons. Watch the Texas Parks & Wildlife television show on your local Texas PBS station. Find out where to watch at

Bobwhite Quail: The Quail Question

(Produced 2006) Bobwhite Quail populations have dwindled across the Southeastern United States, but what will become of quail in Texas? Here and elsewhere, it is a question of habitat. The tradition of quail hunting may be the answer, giving landowners good reason to create and preserve quail habitat for the future. Learn how Texas Parks and Wildlife is working with farmers, ranchers, and other partners to ensure the call of the Bobwhite will always be heard in Texas.

Turkey Calling Tips

Turkey Calls Get some tips on calling turkeys with Steve Hall, the Hunter Education Director for the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.

Be Sure Before You Shoot - Distinguishing Geese and Sandhill Cranes from Whooping Cranes

Endangered Whooping Cranes share habitat with Geese and Sandhill Cranes. Here's a guide to help hunters identify birds in flight to prevent accidentally shooting the wrong bird, a felony charge with stiff fines. For more information about Whooping Cranes in Texas, see

How to skin a deer

Demonstration of how to skin a deer. For more information on Hunter Education go to: