TPWD News Digest for the Week of August 15-23, 2013
(Upcoming events are located under “Briefs”)
All TPWD news releases available online:
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
- Eleven-year-old Is State’s Youngest Elite Angler [News Images]
ATHENS — Keatyn Eitelman of Pottsboro became Texas’ 25th Elite Freshwater Angler—and the state’s youngest—on August 2, 2013, less than two weeks before his eleventh birthday. He finished this task when he caught a 21.25-inch, 5.5-pound largemouth bass from Lake Texoma on July 23 and submitted it for a Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Big Fish Award.
- Texas Parks and Wildlife 2014 Budget Reflects Legislative Support — Increased Funding Will Keep Parks Open, Fund Wildlife and Fisheries Work
AUSTIN – Funding to keep Texas State Parks open and provide grants for city and county parks, millions to aid the declining bobwhite quail and its grassland habitat, fisheries funding that benefits water resources, and dollars for conservation law enforcement are among the highlights of the 2014 budget approved today by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission.
- Texas Fisheries Biologists Work to Make Fishing Better
ATHENS—Texans normally associate fall with the start of hunting season, but it is also a busy time for fisheries biologists.
- Mother Neff State Park Redevelopment Kicks Off This Saturday
MOODY – Mother Neff State Park, the first official Texas state park, will undergo an extreme makeover in coming months that will include a new headquarters, new campground and other amenities.
- Game Warden Eddie Lehr Named Texas Midwest Officer of the Year [News Images]
AUSTIN— State game warden Eddie Lehr has been recognized as the Texas Officer of the Year by the Association of Midwest Fish and Game Law Enforcement Officers.
- Game Warden Kevin Glass Named 2013 Texas Marine Officer of the Year [News Images]
AUSTIN— State game warden Kevin Glass has been named the 2013 Texas Marine Officer of the Year by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s Law Enforcement Division.
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
- Take Me Outdoors Houston Set For Sept. 14 At Discovery Green — Houston’s 5th annual Free, Family-Oriented Festival of the Outdoors [News Images]
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 http://youtu.be/TDl7LM7fyq0
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 tpwd.texas.gov/buyentry 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 http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/calendar/
A directory of TPWD staff is available at: http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/newsmedia/mrg.phtml
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