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[ Media Contact: Steve Lightfoot, 512-389-4701, steve.lightfoot@tpwd.texas.gov ] [SL]
Oct. 18, 2004
Texas Deer Season Shaping Up To Be Best in Years
AUSTIN, Texas - With more than 83 million acres of available deer range, there is plenty of opportunity for Texas white-tailed deer to roam. And with so much of that country in ideal condition, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department biologists suggest hunters may have to cover more ground than they are accustomed to in order to be successful this fall.
The good news is there are more than 4 million white-tailed deer in the Lone Star State and thanks to excellent range conditions; they should be in great shape with above-average antler development and high body weights.
The white-tailed deer is arguably the number one game animal in Texas, attracting more than 500,000 hunters and more than $2.5 billion annually. Many small communities in the Hill Country and South Texas receive a good portion of their annual economic base from hunting. Llano County, for example, plays host to more than 15,000 hunters who contribute more than $3.5 million to the area economy.
The general deer season opens Nov. 6 statewide, except for a few counties in the Panhandle, marking the first time in many years that the North and South Zones share the opener. The North Zone closes Jan. 2, while the South Zone continues for two additional weeks, ending Jan. 16. Special Youth-Only seasons are set for Oct. 30-31 and Jan. 15-16 statewide.
"This is the best year I've seen," said TPWD white-tailed deer program leader Mitch Lockwood. "The last couple of years we had good summer rainfall, which helped set the table for the fall, but this year we had an exceptional spring as well. Many ranchers are saying range conditions are the best in 20 years, and some of the old-timers I know also claim this is the best year they have ever seen."
While favorable weather conditions have certainly helped Texas' deer herd, it may not have done any favors for hunters who rely heavily on supplemental feeding regimes, according to Lockwood. "I expect we'll have a good supply of cool-season forbs and the acorn crop is exceptional throughout most of the state, which means deer are going to be less likely to come to a feeder. You might have to get out of those blinds and do it the old-fashioned way - rattling horns and stalking."
Hunters on lands intensively managed for wildlife should see even greater rewards with improved antler growth and body weights, Lockwood noted, but will no doubt have to work that much harder to take their deer due to lush habitat conditions. "The successful hunter will be the one who gets out and hunts extensively," he stressed.
Although few changes were made to this year's deer hunting regulations, those hunters on managed lands should welcome one alteration. The TPW Commission has eliminated the need for "double tagging" on certain properties. According to the new rules now in effect, hunters who take deer on properties holding deer permits that require permit tagging, such as Managed Lands Deer Permits, Landowner Assisted Management Permits or on TPWD-drawn public hunts would not have to use a deer tag from their hunting license. What this means for affected hunters and landowners is less redundant paperwork and a simpler tagging system. It also means bonus deer tags are no longer needed.
The new rule also means hunters who purchase their license by phone or online will not have to wait for the actual paper hunting license to be mailed to them before they can hunt deer on lands using deer permits. The authorization number given at the time of purchase will do until the actual license arrives in the mail.
Following is a region-by-region outlook for the upcoming deer season as compiled by TPWD wildlife biologists.
South Texas
Above-average and timely rains throughout the 2004 summer ensured adequate to good ground moisture for much of South Texas, according to Alice-based wildlife biologist Daniel Kunz. "Consequently, range and habitat conditions remain good to excellent," he explained. "Some areas have seen vegetation and grass cover stay green throughout the summer. Cover remains in excellent shape for concealing deer. This reduced visibility may additionally impact hunters early this hunting season."
Acorns and other mast crops are available in abundance this year, according to Kunz, who added that some mesquites still have beans that should drop soon.
South Texas district biologist Joe Herrera in Pleasanton reported deer are in good to excellent shape throughout the brush country, even the does with twin fawns. Antler growth is also exceptional this year with many yearling bucks and quality young deer observed by his field staff.
Edwards Plateau
"You couldn't ask for a better year as far as rainfall," exclaimed Max Traweek, TPWD's district biologist for the Hill Country, "and that's going to show up in quality on those areas practicing good habitat management."
The Hill Country remains overpopulated with deer for the most part, however, most of the herd should be in good physical condition. "The bucks had a good start on antler growth because of some good late winter and early spring rains," said Traweek.
Traweek expects that deer may be harder to come by early in the season due to an above-average acorn crop, which will keep deer movement to a minimum.
Blackland Prairie
North-Central Texas has been blessed with ample rainfall this year and some areas have been blessed more than others, noted Kevin Mote, TPWD district biologist in Brownwood. A number of intensive rainstorms bringing more than eight inches during a 24-hour period have been reported throughout the district during the spring and summer months.
"If you hunted deer in North Texas last year, you probably experienced tough hunting conditions due to much-improved habitat conditions," said Mote. "Plenty of food, water, and cover meant deer didn't have to move much. Last year had the potential to be a great habitat-building year for those managers that were mindful of limiting livestock and deer numbers. This year is no different."
Improved habitat conditions last year, which included a bumper acorn crop, may have resulted in fewer deer coming to the feeder. Take heart, they are still there and the bucks are a year older, said Mote. "Plentiful rains in 2004 should help antler development as well as fawn production," he noted. "The downside is two years of high fawn production may require increased doe harvest early in the season to keep the population at or below winter carrying capacity of the habitat."
Trans Pecos
Ever since last fall, far West Texas has been getting timely rain and that's a significant improvement from recent years, according to Alpine-based district biologist Mike Hobson. "We anticipate this mule deer season will be a really good year," he said. "The problem hunters will face is that when you have lush vegetation, especially out here in the desert country, but it's going to be difficult for hunters to find the deer. Deer don't move nearly as much to fill their bellies when conditions are lush like they are now."
Pineywoods
This year's mast crop in East Texas is looking pretty good, not a bumper crop, but extensive enough to provide a mainstay food source for deer and because the acorns are falling early. Jasper-based district biologist Gary Calkins believes hunters should not expect to see much activity around feeders.
Despite a mid-summer dry spell, current range conditions are excellent, thanks to recent rainfall, according to Calkins. "Those conditions will make hunting tougher as deer won't be moving around as much because of all the food," he added, "but the abundance of browse will put the deer in outstanding shape. From the deer we're seeing in our spotlight census surveys, body conditions are still good even with does carrying twins."
A change in the regulations this year has created a four-day doe season in eight East Texas counties where the current antlerless harvest is by permit only. Counties with doe days Nov. 25-28 include: Brazos, Cherokee, Gregg, Grimes, Houston, Madison, Robertson and Rusk counties.
"All the data we looked at going into that regulation discussion showed a skewed sex ratio (too many does per buck)," said Calkins. "We're still overpopulated in some areas and when you add in this year's big fawn crop on top of that, the timing for this regulation change was pretty good."
Post Oak Savannah
"We had a lot of late summer rains and early fall rains, so conditions are good," noted David Sierra, Sulphur Springs-based district biologist. "The acorns are already dropping so it'll make it tough for hunters early on in the season."
Deer body weights should be in good condition due to above-average habitat throughout most of the Post Oak, he noted.
Several of the counties receiving four doe days this year are in the Post Oak and according to Sierra, even though these new opportunities are pretty conservative, they will be beneficial to hunters. "It will give the youth who are out for the holidays a chance to take a doe when they normally couldn't."
Coastal Prairies
Bob Carroll in LaGrange said he has been amazed at the shift in attitudes among hunters and landowners during the last couple of years as a result of the experimental buck harvest regulations in place in six counties in the area between Houston and Austin. "The attitudes of hunters and landowners alike are very positive," he noted. "They are excited about what they see heading into the third season under this experiment."
Carroll expects hunters will likely see more bucks that meet the harvest restrictions this year because of good range conditions and the limited harvest on younger deer during the last two seasons, which has shifted the bulk of the hunting pressure from year-and-a-half old bucks those more than 3 years old.
Panhandle
Range conditions for whitetails and mule deer look excellent, and the majority of the district has had well above-average rainfall, said Canyon-based district biologist Danny Swepston. "We're seeing some really good bucks during our spotlight surveys. For the first time in many years, the rainfall has been spread out."
One of the big things hunters will notice during the early part of the season is the presence of deer cover and with the good range conditions deer may not come to feeders. "They're also not coming to the winter wheat because there's so much native browse to eat, but once we get that first freeze it should start pushing them into the fields," he noted.
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[ Media Contact: Tom Harvey, 512-389-4453, tom.harvey@tpwd.texas.gov ] [TH]
Oct. 18, 2004
Foundation Recommends Jasper County for New Hatchery
AUSTIN, Texas -- The Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation board has voted to recommend acceptance of the Jasper County bid to host a new East Texas freshwater fish hatchery for the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. The TPW Commission must still approve the foundation recommendation at the commission's Nov. 3 meeting.
The Jasper County proposal was valued at approximately $28 million over 50 years, more than $4 million higher than the next highest bidder. It offered the largest land area at 200 acres. And it was also the only hatchery proposal that would require almost no water pumping, because water could be delivered primarily by gravity flow at reduced cost. The site topography is flat and suitable for hatchery ponds, and it will be cleared at no cost to TPWD. Jasper County officials say a bass fishing tournament took place recently at a new pavilion near the site, attracting an estimated 18,000 visitors and competitors.
The Jasper County proposal would locate the new hatchery near the Sam Rayburn Reservoir dam on property owned by Temple-Inland. The site is currently a managed forest logging operation.
Other partner offerings in the Jasper County proposal include help to provide water and financial support from the Lower Neches Valley Authority, assistance with road construction from the Texas Department of Transportation, and additional support from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
Jasper County officials have stressed that they welcome participation from neighboring counties and communities to make the hatchery a truly regional project.
"The Jasper County proposal presented the best value for the anglers of Texas," said Ed Cox, Jr., former foundation board chairman and head of the current foundation hatchery site selection committee. "The bids received from other communities were carefully considered and much appreciated and we're going to look for ways to partner with these and other communities that realize how important fishing is to regional economies. This project will benefit all of East Texas."
In May, the foundation received hatchery proposals from seven bidders--San Augustine County, Jasper County, the South Sulphur River Development Association, the Newton First Committee, Tyler County and the City of Woodville, the Sabine River Authority and Dow Chemical Company.
The hatchery proposals were evaluated based upon technical merit and value-added criteria by technical staff at TPWD and by two engineering companies and a CPA firm hired by the foundation. The goal of the hatchery is to provide anglers with the most value for the monies spent.
The new hatchery will replace the present Jasper Fish Hatchery, which was opened in 1932 and has had no major renovation or modernization since the late 1940s. The primary funding source for the new hatchery and for improvements at other hatcheries in the TPWD system will come from a new $5 freshwater fishing stamp that was required beginning Sept.1, and from community and corporate support.
"This approach is a great deal for the 2 million people who fish in Texas, two-thirds of whom fish freshwater," said Robert L. Cook, TPWD executive director. "This kind of local community support will leverage the value of our new stamp funds to produce the most cost-effective possible outcome. The bottom line is that fishing in Texas will be better."
Fish hatchery production, along with fisheries management, regulations and law enforcement, helps sustain the high quality of fishing in Texas, an important part of the state economy. Freshwater anglers in Texas generated $1.49 billion in retail sales in 2001 based on data collected by the U.S Fish and Wildlife Service. This angling activity generated $733 million in wages and salaries annually.
There are still major sponsorship opportunities available in connection with the new hatchery. For details, contact the Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation (formerly the Parks and Wildlife Foundation of Texas) at (214) 720-1478.
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[ Media Contact: Steve Lightfoot, 512-389-4701, steve.lightfoot@tpwd.texas.gov ] [SL]
Oct. 18, 2004
Hunter Education Classes Filling Up, Deferral an Option
AUSTIN, Texas - Despite offering 4,400 hunter education courses throughout the year, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department understands there are some who will still wait until the last minute before hunting season to get certified. This fall, those procrastinators need not panic.
"There are still more than 100 courses scheduled across the state between now and Nov. 5, the last day before the opening of deer season," said Terry Erwin, hunter education coordinator for TPWD. "And there are over 40 home-study courses available, but all of these courses are subject to change as they fill up daily. It's going to be tough, real tough, getting into a course before deer season."
That's where TPWD's new deferred hunter education option can help. The deferred option, which took effect Sept. 1, allows people 17 years of age or older, a one-time extension to complete the state's hunter education requirements. The individual must purchase a hunting license and must be accompanied by someone 17 years old or older who is also licensed to hunt in Texas. The accompanying individual must have completed hunter education or be exempt from the requirements (born before Sept. 2, 1971). The extension is good until the end of that license period, by which time the person with the deferred option needs to complete a hunter education course.
This option will not be available to those who have ever received a conviction or deferred adjudication for lack of hunter education certification. They still must take the course before going afield.
"We've had over 4,300 hunters take advantage of the option so far and many of them are already taking the course, so it's not just procrastinators," said Erwin. "I believe the majority of those who get the option are new to hunting and this gives them an opportunity to try it out with a mentoring hunter before making the commitment to take hunter education. It's not an alternative to taking the course, you still have to get certified if you want to hunt in subsequent years."
The deferred option costs $10 and may be offered one-time only. The new hunter also receives a $5 discount off the price of a hunter education course, which costs $10, but only if the course is taken prior to the end of the current license year. The option is surrendered at the time the course is taken and replaced with a hunter education "temporary card" until the actual certification card arrives from Austin.
The deferred option will also be available to out-of-state hunters, as well as those in the military who are stationed in Texas or who are home on leave. However, the deferral is only good in Texas, and will not be honored outside the state.
"People who are off in college out of state are helped by this program," said Erwin. "I talked to one mom who was concerned her son would not have time to take the course when he came home from college during the holidays and wouldn't be able to go hunting with his dad. She got the deferred option as insurance."
According to TPWD game warden records, the most common citation written is for hunter education certification violations.
Texas certifies more than 33,000 hunters annually through 4,400 hunter education courses offered across the state, with at least one offered in each of the 254 counties. Hunter Education courses are a minimum of 10 hours of classroom and hands-on activities. The classroom objectives can alternatively be taken through home study or online, followed by a hands-on, outdoor session taught by volunteer instructors.
"Although we offer the course throughout the year, there are times during the holidays when only a select number of courses may be available and that's typically the time of year when most people have an opportunity to go hunting," said Erwin. "This deferred option will give folks time to enroll at a later date and still take advantage of an opportunity to go hunting."
During the last four decades, hunting-related accidents have declined by more than half and the credit goes to mandatory hunter education.
For more information about hunter education and the new deferred option, call TPWD toll free (800) 792-1112 or visit the Web site (http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/edu/hunted/).
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[ Media Contact: Tom Harvey, 512-389-4453, tom.harvey@tpwd.texas.gov ] [MM]
Oct. 18, 2004
First Saltwater Elite Angler Award Winner Named
HOUSTON -Deer Park resident Kenneth Thyssen has been awarded the first Saltwater Elite Angler Award for catching a King Mackerel, Southern Flounder, Red Drum, Spotted Seatrout and Sheepshead.
A component of TPWD's Angler Recognition Awards program, the new Elite Angler Awards honor anglers who catch five different freshwater or saltwater big fish awards.
The program began May 1 and is open to anyone. There is no time limit to gather the required five different fish species to qualify. Anglers who achieve this ranking will be announced at the end of the year and will receive a special certificate commemorating their accomplishment.
Thyssen used a rod and reel to catch each of the five fish.
For more information about the Elite Angler Awards program, contact Joedy Gray, TPWD Angler Recognition Awards Coordinator, 4200 Smith School Road, Austin, TX 78744, or (512) 389-8037 or by e-mail at joedy.gray@tpwd.texas.gov. Information about the program is also available online (http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/).
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[ Media Contact: Rob McCorkle, 830-866-3533, robert.mccorkle@tpwd.texas.gov ] [RM]
Oct. 18, 2004
17th National Trails Symposium Comes to Austin Oct. 21-24
AUSTIN, Texas -- Texas trails have evolved throughout the centuries from woodland traces blazed by Native Americans following wild game to a system of 500 designated trailways throughout the state catering to hikers, joggers, cyclists, equestrians, paddlers and motorized trail enthusiasts.
More than 600 people and 100 exhibitors from throughout the nation will gather in the Austin Convention Center Oct. 21-24 for the 17th National Trails Symposium to discuss current national trails issues and share innovative trail construction and financing techniques. This is the first time the trails meeting, which is held every two years, has been held in Texas, giving local trail planners the opportunity to learn from national experts.
Outdoor recreation professionals, trails planners, contractors, land managers, trail users and attendees from diverse public and private backgrounds will explore "The Emerging Role of Trails in American Lifestyles" - this year's symposium theme. Keynote speakers will include U.S. Rep. Lloyd Doggett, Austin Mayor Will Wynn and Linda Armstrong-Kelly, mother of hometown cycling hero Lance Armstrong.
Kicking off the conference at 6:15 p.m. Thursday in the Convention Hall will be a colorful, 15-minute program about the history of American trails, featuring Native Americans, a Texas Ranger re-enactor and costumed children helping to bring the story of the evolution of the Texas trails system from the days of Native Americans and buffalo hunters to today's railroads and highways. An opening reception with a welcome by Robert L. Cook, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department executive director, will follow.
"This is the start of a multiyear process that provides a chance for Texans to come together for Texas to initiate discussions leading to the development of a state trail plan," said symposium co-chair Joe Moore of the Grapevine Parks & Recreation Department.
Moore said he believes that because the state's population is expected to double in the next 30 years, the timing is critical to make sure trails are considered an integral part of transportation and quality of life issues.
"Trails," he said, "are not the entire answer, but can play a significant role in improving urban Texans' lifestyles by contributing to their health and fitness, and by conserving areas that might succumb to future development. A number of other states have statewide trail plans, and this is our opportunity to create the Great Texas Trail."
Serving as a backdrop to the conference is the recent announcement by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that President George W. Bush is proposing $125 million for a new "healthy cities" initiative that would provide funds for trails and other programs, in order to help combat a national obesity crisis and associated health problems. Texas already receives $2.4 million a year from the federally funded Recreational Trail Fund. These funds are distributed each summer through a competitive grant process to help underwrite state and local trail construction projects.
There is no cost for the public to visit the American Lifestyles Trail & Greenway in the Exhibit Hall from 3-6 p.m. on opening day, Oct. 21 and again from 1-5 p.m. on Saturday. The public also may attend Thursday's free "Texas Trails Conference: Building the Great Texas Trails" (8:30 a.m.-4 pm.) and "Accessibility and Trails" workshops (1-5 p.m.).
Highlighting symposium activities on Friday will be a luncheon keynote address by Wynn, Austin's mayor. The symposium will conclude Sunday shortly after a luncheon with Doggett and Armstrong-Kelly.
In addition to more than 80 presentations offering a state-of-the-art look at trails as they exist today, the symposium includes a volksmarch on Austin's 10-mile Town Lake Hike and Bike Trail and 25 field trips organized by the Austin Parks & Recreation Department. Among the field trips offered are visits to the San Antonio Riverwalk and Mission Trail, Enchanted Rock and Hill Country state natural area, the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, Canyon of the Eagles Lodge & Nature Park and Barton Creek Wilderness Park.
For registration and other conference information, go to the Web (http://www.AmericanTrails.org/) or call (530) 547-2060.
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Oct. 18, 2004
Welder Wildlife Foundation Celebrates 50th Anniversary
SINTON, Texas - A uniquely Texan, private wildlife research and conservation institution commemorated its 50th year this month with an anniversary celebration on Oct. 16.
"50 Years of Excellence" was the theme of the 50th anniversary of the Rob & Bessie Welder Wildlife Foundation. The refuge is located seven miles north of Sinton off Highway 77. Details are online (http://www.hometown.aol.com/welderwf/welderweb.html).
As a signal of the longstanding and close cooperation between the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and the foundation, TPWD Executive Director Robert L. Cook delivered the keynote address at the anniversary dinner.
The foundation came into being upon the death of Rob Welder in 1954. In his will, Welder established the foundation on 7,800 acres of prime wildlife habitat adjacent to the Aransas River in northern San Patricio County. He indicated that he wanted the foundation to conduct research and education in the field of wildlife management and conservation in the context of an operating ranch. This has been the mission of the foundation since its inception.
The first director of the foundation was Clarence Cottam, a renowned conservationist and ornithologist. Cottam served as director from 1954 until his death in 1973, when W. Caleb Glazener became director. Glazener was well known in Texas circles for his work with the Texas Game & Fish Commission, (which later became Texas Parks and Wildlife Department), especially his work with the Rio Grande turkey. Following Glazener's retirement in 1979, James G. Teer became director, and served in that capacity for 20 years until his retirement in 1999. D. Lynn Drawe, who had been hired as assistant director in 1974, became director in 2000.
The funding sources of the Welder Wildlife Foundation include oil and gas royalties, cattle, interest on investments, and contributions. The foundation's investment portfolio grew from oil and gas royalties in the early years, and now the foundation's programs are funded through interest from investments.
The programs of the foundation include wildlife research, conservation education, outreach, and management of the natural habitats on its property. The student research program, initiated by the first directors and trustees in 1955, has assisted more than 300 graduate students from 66 universities in the pursuit of their master's and doctoral degrees in fields related to wildlife management and conservation. The foundation's first funded graduate student, Thadis W. Box, went on to become Dean of the College of Natural Resources at Utah State University. Welder students have produced more than 300 theses and dissertations, which are filed in the Welder Wildlife Foundation Library and at their respective university libraries. These student studies have resulted in more than 5,000 scientific journal publications. Currently there are 11 funded graduate students working under the Welder fellowship program. Since 1955, more than $5 million has been expended to support fellowships. The WWF has built considerable respect in the wildlife community through this graduate research program. The reputation and respect the foundation has built up over the years is a result of the hard work of these fine students who have made an impact in the field of wildlife conservation.
The education program was initiated in 1957 and today up to 5,000 people visit the refuge each year, including 100-150 junior and senior high public school groups, 25-35 college groups, and various special groups. Cottam initiated the first summer teacher's workshop in 1957 as a result of a request from local public school teachers for a conservation workshop. Since that time, at least one workshop per year has been taught, with 20-25 teachers in attendance. In recent years, Selma Glasscock has initiated Conservation Across Boundaries, co-sponsored by the Welder Wildlife Foundation and the Boone and Crockett Club, in which 20 teachers from throughout the country take a two-week-long course in conservation biology. Proper habitat management of refuge lands is an important component of the foundation's management program. The foundation strives to conduct research on applied land management practices and provide an example of good land stewardship to promote the wise use of our natural resources throughout the south Texas ranching community. Historically a coastal prairie, currently the vegetation of the refuge and the region is a shrubland-grassland complex. Current management strives for a 50:50 ratio of grassland to brushland. Primary tools by which the vegetation of the refuge is managed include grazing and prescribed fire. Mechanical and chemical means of brush control are used sparingly. The outcome of this approach to vegetation management is a grassland-shrubland habitat which enhances biodiversity.
The foundation complex includes administrative offices, library, museum, student study, lecture hall, laboratories, student dormitory, outdoor rotunda, five residences, and a bunkhouse for housing overnight groups. All buildings conform to the Mediterranean style selected by the original trustees and directors.
The foundation's museum and collections feature 1,400 species of flowering plants, 430 species of birds, 55 species of reptiles and amphibians, and 55 species of mammals. The Quillin egg collection, dedicated in 1973, contains 10,000 eggs representing 400 species of birds. The visitor's museum contains the only three-dimensional murals done by Frances Lee Jaques, originator of the technique. The newest addition to the museum is a collection of 305 taxidermy mounts of birds of North America and offshore islands. The WWF Library contains approximately 24,000 individual books, including 60 serial journals that are kept current, and many of which date back to original volumes.
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Oct. 18, 2004
Stay Tuned
Information from Texas Parks and Wildlife is available on radio and television, as well as the newsstand.
Radio
Passport to Texas, TPWD's radio series of weekday, 90-second stories is broadcast on more than 100 Texas stations. Airing Oct. 18-22, we'll get out the map, hit the road, and visit several Texas state parks that are barely in Texas! Plus, we'll tell you about one Texas lake where your state fishing license isn't valid.
For more information, visit the Web (http://www.passporttotexas.org/).
Video News
TPWD provides video news reports that run in newscasts on numerous Texas stations, as well as on cable and satellite outlets around the nation.
Television
"Texas Parks & Wildlife" is a weekly half-hour television series seen on PBS affiliates around the state.
For more information about this week's programs and where they can be viewed, visit the Web (http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/tv).
Magazine
Texas Parks & Wildlife magazine is always available on newsstands throughout the state and by subscription for $19.95 a year. To subscribe, call (800) 937-9393 or order online (http://www.tpwmagazine.com/).
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