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Zebra Mussels Spreading at Lakes Georgetown, Livingston

Status of Lake Livingston changed to “fully infested” Texas Parks and Wildlife Department biologists have classified Lake Georgetown as infested with an established, reproducing population of invasive zebra mussels and have also changed the status of Lake Livingston to fully infested. Lake Georgetown is a 1,297-acre impoundment controlled by the U.S. Army Corps ...

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Waterfowl Hunters Reminded to Help Prevent Spread of Invasive Species

With duck hunting season getting underway in most of the state in early November, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) is reminding waterfowl hunters to clean, drain and dry boats and equipment before traveling from lake to lake to help avoid spreading invasive species like giant salvinia and zebra ...

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Whooping Cranes Make Late Migration into Texas

With the first pods of iconic, endangered whooping cranes starting to arrive on their wintering grounds along the Texas coast, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department is reminding Texans to be on the lookout for these impressive birds as they move through the state. The late migration means whooping cranes ...

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Texas Deer Hunters Set for Saturday’s Opening Day

Despite unseasonably warm temperatures in the forecast for much of the state, a rather balmy start for this weekend’s Texas deer season opener likely won’t deter hunters from participating in this time-honored tradition. Hunting prospects are expected to be good across the state, regardless of the weather, according to wildlife biologists ...

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Forest Service Waives Day-Use Fees for Veterans Day

Many recreation areas and other venues in the National Forests and Grasslands in Texas will be free to the public on Nov. 11-12 in honor of Veterans Day.   “We honor our veterans each Veterans Day and every other day of the year,” said U.S. Forest Service Chief Tony Tooke. “We hope ...

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Quail Season: Carryover Birds Expected to Bolster Prospects

The 2016 Texas quail season served as a renaissance reminder of how good hunting can be when all the right elements converge. Specifically, weather and habitat aligned to create a “super boom” year for quail production that led to exceptional hunts the likes of which had not been seen in ...

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SFA Experimental Forest to Close for Special Deer Hunts

The SFA Experimental Forest will be closed from Oct. 28 to Nov. 10, for managed deer hunts in cooperation with Texas Parks & Wildlife Department and the Natural Resources Conservation Service’s Plants Material Center which is located in the Experimental Forest.   Additionally, the area will close Dec. 8-9, for a special ...

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Waterfowl Hunting Season Prospects Bright

All things considered, this year’s Texas waterfowl hunting season is looking pretty favorable, according to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. “Currently, and potentially surprisingly, we are looking pretty good regarding the upcoming waterfowl season,” said Kevin Kraai, TPWD waterfowl program coordinator, “and that is really the entire state. Good ...

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TPW Commission Set to Hold Regional Public Hearing

The Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission will conduct a regional public hearing in Lufkin on Nov. 1 at 2 p.m. to entertain comments and input on topics related to Texas Parks and Wildlife Department business. The open meeting is being held in conjunction with the Commission’s business meetings here Nov. 1-2. A Commission ...

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First TPWD Lifetime License Winner Passing it On

As the first winner of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s Lifetime License Drawing this fall, Frankston sportsman Michael Bennett is helping to ensure a strong future for Texas’ outdoor heritage. Opting to pass it on to the next generation of Texas hunters and anglers, Bennett is giving away his ...

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