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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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Toyota ShareLunker Program to Begin New Year-Round Season Jan. 1

TPWD implementing year-round participation system, expanding weight categories After more than 31 years of collecting and spawning 13 pound or larger “lunker” largemouth bass, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s (TPWD) Toyota ShareLunker Program is announcing big changes and an expanded mission in an effort to better engage the public ...

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Gear Up for Game Wardens Program Launched

New program aims to support Texas Game Wardens by providing specialty equipment Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation (TPWF) has launched a new program and website to help Texas Game Wardens get the job done out in the field. Through private donations, Gear Up for Game Wardens will provide specialty equipment Texas ...

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Deer and Hog Hunt for Persons with Disabilities set for December

by U.S. Forest Service staff The 9th Annual Angelina Wheelin’ Sportsmen Event for people with disabilities will be Dec. 8-9 at Stephen F. Austin Experimental Forest, Winston Tree Farm and Alazon Wildlife Management Area. The two-day deer and hog hunt is sponsored by the National Wild Turkey Federation’s Wheelin’ Sportsmen program, ...

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