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Toyota ShareLunker Program Announces 2018 Season Changes

More ways to participate and be recognized highlight Toyota ShareLunker program changes For more than 30 years, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s (TPWD) Toyota ShareLunker Program has partnered with anglers to enhance bass fishing in Texas. This year, the program is launching Jan. 1, 2018, with a new year-round ...

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March Into 2018 on a First Day Hike

Huntsville State Park offering several hike options Walk into 2018 where the wild things are by participating in a guided stroll through Texas State Parks as part of the national First Day Hikes initiative. First Day Hikes at Texas’ state parks and natural areas will help visitors commit to their new ...

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TPWD Announces Opening of Guadalupe River Fishing Leases

The Canyon Reservoir Tailrace, located below Canyon Reservoir on the Guadalupe River, is considered one of the top trout fishing destinations in the United States. To help anglers access the river during the peak of the cool-weather trout fishing season, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department has leased four access ...

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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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