TPWD News Digest 8/23/2013
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TPWD News Digest for the Week of August 15-23, 2013

(Upcoming events are located under “Briefs”)

All TPWD news releases available online: or on our twitter site @tpwdnews, @tpwdhunt or @tpwdparks

Aug. 23, 2013

  • Texas Sets Waterfowl Seasons for 2013-14 — Canvasback bag raised for first time since 1964; possession limits increased 

    AUSTIN – For the first time in a half century, Texas waterfowlers can take two canvasbacks daily under migratory game bird seasons approved for the 2013-14 by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission.
  • Use of Dogs Only to Trail Wounded Deer Approved in 12 More Texas Counties 

    AUSTIN – Hunters will be allowed to use up to two dogs only to trail a wounded deer in 12 additional counties in East Texas during the 2013-14 deer season under a rule change approved by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission.
  • Streamlined Texas Hunter Education Process Approved 

    AUSTIN – Starting this fall, new hunters who need to complete the state’s required hunter education will have expanded options designed to be more convenient, flexible and accessible.

Aug. 22, 2013

Aug. 21, 2013

  • Davis Mountains State Park to close for major renovations 

    FORT DAVIS – Starting Sept. 3, Davis Mountains State Park will be temporarily closed while Texas Parks and Wildlife staff undertakes a major upgrade of the park’s utility system. The closure will last through March 1, 2014.

Aug. 15, 2013



Video News Reports:

Big Time Texas Hunts – A Hunter’s Dream Come True!

A fresh Video News Report is now available on our site called “Big Time Texas Hunts.” The hunting season is almost here and there’s a way hunters can win the chance of a lifetime all while helping wildlife conservation and public hunting programs. Texas Parks and Wildlife has the story of one lucky winner from San Antonio.


See the YouTube video at


For a high resolution download on our site, click on the link

Look for “August VNR_Big Time Texas Hunts.”  There is a split track version and a mixed audio version with CG, both in HD.

NOTE: There is a link to more info below.




News Briefs and Upcoming Events:


Big Time Texas Hunts Entries on Sale

Eight premium Big Time Texas Hunts drawings are now up for grabs through the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. The most exclusive offering is the Texas Grand Slam; one lucky winner receives four guided hunts for Texas’ most prized big game animals – white-tailed deer, mule deer, pronghorn and desert bighorn sheep. New this year is the Wild Hog Adventure, the chance for a long weekend hunt for wild boar in East Texas. Other hunt packages include trips to hunt whitetail deer, game birds, alligators and exotic big game animals. Entries may be purchased online at for the discounted price of $9. Entries are also available for $10 each at stores that sell Texas hunting and fishing licenses or by calling (800) 895-4248.  Deadline for entry is Oct. 15 and winners will be announced by early November. Proceeds from Big Time Texas Hunts support wildlife conservation, habitat management, and public hunting.



For events in your area, visit our calendar section at


News Staff

A directory of TPWD staff is available at:

Mike Cox, News Team Leader, 512-389-8046 (office), 512-965-7574 (mobile),

(Law enforcement and coastal fisheries, but he can be contacted on any issue)

Steve Lightfoot, Wildlife & Fisheries Information Specialist: 512-389-4701 (office), 512-565-3680 (mobile),

(Wildlife, hunting and inland fisheries)

Rob McCorkle, State Parks Information Specialist: 830-866-3533 (office), 830-928-2239 (mobile),

(State Parks and travel/tourism)


Other contacts:

Lydia Saldaña, Communications Division Director: 512-389-4457 (office), 512-217-9479 (mobile),

Tom Harvey, Media Communication Director: 512-389-4453 (office), 512-565-3679 (mobile),

Larry Hodge, Inland Fisheries Information Specialist: 903-670-2255 (office),

(Inland Fisheries Division news)

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