TPWD News Digest for the Week of August 2, 2013
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TPWD News Digest for the Week of August 2, 2013

(Upcoming events are located under “Briefs”)

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

Aug. 6, 2013

  • State Agencies Asking Texans to Share How Drought Has Affected Their Lives 

    AUSTIN — What does your Texas drought look like? With more than 97 percent of Texas suffering from drought conditions, that’s what the Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA), Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) and Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) want to know. This coalition of state agencies today launched an interactive public awareness campaign inviting Texans to submit personal photos capturing what the drought looks like for them and how it has impacted their lives.
  • 28 New State Game Wardens Heading to the Field [News Images]

    AUSTIN – Twenty-eight new state game wardens soon will be spreading across Texas to begin their law enforcement duties after completing seven months of intensive training at the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Game Warden Training Center in Hamilton County.

Aug. 5, 2013

  • Waterfowl Hunting, Wetland Projects at Texas Coastal Wildlife Management Areas — Informational Public Meeting Set for Aug. 14 

    PORT ARTHUR — Texas Parks and Wildlife Department invites the public to attend an informational meeting regarding the upcoming migratory game bird hunting season and ongoing wetland restoration efforts on Wildlife Management Areas along the Upper Coast of Texas.



News Briefs and Upcoming Events:

New Texas Hunting, Fishing Licenses on sale Aug. 15

Current year Texas hunting and fishing licenses (except year-to-date fishing licenses) expire Aug. 31, and new licenses for 2013-2014 will go on sale beginning Thursday, Aug. 15.

The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department issues about 2.1 million hunting and fishing licenses annually through the agency’s 28 field offices, more than 58 state parks and at over 1,600 retailers across Texas. Licenses may also be purchased online through the TPWD Web site at or by phone (800-895-4248) with a $5 convenience fee required for each transaction, Call center hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. MondayFriday. The online transaction system is available 24/7. A transaction receipt may be printed at the time of purchase for online and a confirmation number is provided for phone orders, and the physical license is mailed separately. Confirmation numbers will verify that a license has been purchased, which is sufficient for dove hunting, but will not allow hunters to take fish or wildlife that require a tag.


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)


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