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  • Your Parks Need Your Help

    Drought and wildfires of historic proportion have ravaged Texas state parks this year. Parks also have reduced budgets and reduced services as a result of legislated budget cuts. About a quarter of the agency budget goes to the State Parks Division, wher...
  • Step Away from Wildlife

    Step Away from Wildlife Bears (yes, bears), dove, waterfowl, and urban wildlife are all feeling the effects of dwindling water and food across a drought-stricken Texas. You may see more wildlife on the move in state parks. Remember approaching appare...
  • Deadline to Enter Big Time Texas Hunts is Oct. 15

    Deadline to Enter Big Time Texas Hunts is Oct. 15 AUSTIN —Texas Parks and Wildlife Department is reminding hunters the deadline to enter this year’s Big Time Texas Hunts is Oct. 15. Winners will be called before the end of October to give them time...
  • Migratory Bird Hunting Report No. 4

    Migratory Bird Hunting Report No. 4 Weekly migratory bird hunting reports are posted from early September through early February. North Zone Dove: Best hunts have been in milo, corn and sunflowers around Abilene, Lubbock and Amarillo. Ag fields north o...
  • Migratory Bird Hunting Report No. 3

    Migratory Bird Hunting Report No. 3 Weekly migratory bird hunting reports are posted from early September through early February. North Zone Dove: Fields near Paris have seen fair shoots at best in harvested corn and soybeans. Amarillo fields of corn ...
  • Toyota ShareLunker Season 26 Begins October 1

    Toyota ShareLunker Season 26 Begins October 1 ATHENS—The 26th season of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) Toyota ShareLunker program kicks off October 1, and reports from around the state indicate the fishing may be excellent despite the...
  • Compete like a pro for a chance at $100,000!

    Compete like a pro for a chance at $100,000! Be one of the first 1,000 anglers to become a member of the ShareLunker Club Tournament and you will be eligible to participate in this unique fishing tournament held on Lake Conroe, October 1-21, 201...
  • Migratory Bird Hunting Report No. 2

    Migratory Bird Hunting Report No. 2 Weekly migratory bird hunting reports are posted from early September through early February. North Zone Dove: Plowed corn fields along the Red River in Lamar County have held scattered shoots of mourning doves. The ...
  • Texas State Bison Herd to Once Again Freely Roam the Caprock

    Texas State Bison Herd to Once Again Freely Roam the Caprock Sept. 17 Restoration Celebration Slated at Caprock Canyons State Park QUITAQUE – Eighty descendants of the great Southern Plains bison herd that numbered in the tens of millions in the mid-...
  • Wildfires Consuming Bastrop State Park

    Wildfires Consuming Bastrop State Park BASTROP, Texas – Despite earlier optimism, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department firefighters and other personnel were still facing a fire threat to historic structures at Bastrop State Park today. According to T...
  • Migratory Bird Hunting Report No. 1

    Migratory Bird Hunting Report No. 1 Weekly migratory bird hunting reports are posted from early September through early February. NORTH ZONE DOVE: Dove hunters saw fair shoots around the Panhandle over cut corn and milo. Many playa lakes are dry, but ...
  • Opening Weekend of Dove Season

    Dove season looks very promising this year in the Uvalde area. Three of my nephews went out to the ranch this weekend and hunted doves yesterday. All of them maxed out on the daily limit. Here are a couple of pictures that they sent me.  ...
  • Lake Texoma Under Blue-Green Algae Warning

    As you make your plans for the holiday weekend, please be aware that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has placed all of Lake Texoma under a blue-green algae warning, and water contact is prohibited. At the warning level, harmful algae are present, and t...
  • Hunting for a Place to Hunt?

    Hunting for a Place to Hunt? Scope out the state public hunting program, where opportunities abound. Hang around a group of hunters long enough and you’re likely to hear a common lament: Hunting in Texas is out of reach for the common man or wo...
  • For the Birds

    For the Birds 2011-12 dove and teal hunting forecast. The first two fall hunting seasons opening this month are for the birds — doves and teal, specifically. Other game seasons will be previewed in the October issue.  This may sound like a b...
  • Breaking Rock

    Breaking Rock Have you ever picked up an ancient arrowhead, marveled at its workmanship, imagined the hands that shaped it centuries ago and wondered, “How did they make that?”Thousands of flint knappers across the United States — and hundred...
  • How's the Hunting?

              Dove season opened in the North & Central Zones today, and you can follow the action on Facebook and Twitter at @TPWDHunt or with the hashtag  #TxDove. We've asked out wildlife biologists to send in their field reports, ...
  • Wade Right In - Saltwater Fishing Made Simple

    Wade Right In - Saltwater Fishing Made Simple It’s a wade fishing wonderland: eight tempting bay systems along the Texas coast with almost 400 miles of beach or bay access. Let your feet take you where a boat can’t go. Gear needs are simple, ...
  • Getting Ready for a New Season

    Getting Ready for a New Season   Get ready for the new fishing season. Current year Texas hunting and fishing licenses (except year-to-date fishing licenses) expire today, August 31, and new licenses for 2011-2012 are...
  • Texas Two-Step Weekend: Bass Fishing and Country Music

    Texas Two-Step Weekend: Bass Fishing and Country Music It’s a little bit of Texas-style paradise! Head to the Toyota Texas Bass Classic on Lake Conroe October 28-30 to watch the world’s top 50 bass pro anglers compete. No other tournament combine...