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New Texas Hunting, Fishing Season Underway PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 05 October 2014 14:43

New Texas Hunting, Fishing Season Underway


angler fishing in tournament on lakeFolks come from all over for Texas hunting and fishing. This year will be no exception.

Licenses went on sale August 15 and Dove Season kicked off in most of the state September 1, marking the kickoff of the Texas hunting seasons. Catch the closely anticipated news on doves in this dove forecast video. Forecasts for deer, other major species, and other hunting news can be found in the free digital extra, Texas Hunting 2014, from Texas Parks & Wildlife magazine.

This year, for the first time, the Outdoor Annual of hunting and fishing regulations is available as a free mobile app for iOS(Apple) and Android devices which allows you to check hunting and fishing regulations from any location. You can download the free app, pick up a hard copy at any license retailer, or download the PDF. The regulations are also available online.
Download the PDF.

Did you know? Outdoor tourism is big news in Texas, annually contributing around $36 billion to state and local economies and to wildlife habitat. Sporting television shows lead the tourism parade to Texas as illustrated in this video. That's something all Texans can appreciate whether or not they're hunting or fishing!

Game Wardens Recognized for Excellence PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 05 October 2014 14:42

Game Wardens Recognized for Excellence


game warden standing on truck, viewing panoramaThree Texas Game Wardens have been recognized for their leadership and dedication to wildlife conservation and human safety.

Keep up with the Texas Game Wardens with Game Warden Field Notes and on Facebook and Twitter.

Planning Your Fall Destination PDF Print E-mail
Written by Texas Outdoors   
Sunday, 05 October 2014 14:41


Planning Your Fall Destination


girl, cloudy panorama, Davis MountainsPlan your fall trips with the 2014-2015 State Park Guide! The Guide describes more than 90 state parks and state natural areas and provides details on each park’s accommodations plus available activities such as swimming, fishing, hiking, biking, and horseback riding. Pick it up at any state park, view the digital version or download the PDF.

And remember to always check out the Events Calendar for fun seasonal events happening during your stay. Here are some upcoming events for the fall:

  • Camping Workshops – Sign up for a Texas Outdoor Family camping workshop or test your wilderness skills during a backpacking adventure.
  • Texas State Bison Music Festival – Head north where the bison roam for this all-day Americana and country music event at Caprock Canyons State Park on October 4. The festival raises funds to help restore the Texas State Bison Herd to their historic range.
  • Meridian Turns 80 – Enjoy hay rides, kayaking, live music and a star party during Meridian State Park’s 80th anniversary on October 4.
  • Halloween Festivities – Celebrate this spooky holiday with ghost stories around the campfire, pumpkin carving contests and trick-or-treating near the end of October.

Image: "Spaceout" by tojoiii - Entry in "Picture Yourself at a Texas State Park 2014 Photo Contest"

What’s New with the Horned Lizard? PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 05 October 2014 14:40

What’s New with the Horned Lizard?


horned lizard up closeThe Texas horned lizard (aka horned toad) is fondly remembered by Texans who, as kids, carted them home in shoe boxes, kept them for pets and were sometimes traumatized by a defensive squirt of blood from the critters’ eyes.

So how is the state reptile doing? The short answer: not so good. These days it’s much harder to find. Watch the video "Horned Lizards on the Move" to see how biologists are documenting the reasons for the species' decline and researching successful ways to reintroduce this legendary Texas icon.

You can show your support for the horned lizard by sporting a horned lizard conservation license plate. Your license plate purchase helps support horned lizard research activities like those shown in this Passport To Texas video “Money for Texas Horned Lizard.”

Each set of horned lizard license plates costs just $30 and $22 goes directly to help fund conservation efforts for horned lizards and other native wildlife species right here in Texas.

VOTE for your favorite Wildlife conservation license plate! PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 05 October 2014 14:34

VOTE for your favorite 
Wildlife conservation license plate!


6 Wildlife License Plate Design Choices


We need your help choosing a design for a new conservation license plate that will support Wildlife in Texas. The new plate will be released in spring 2015.

Six designs are available to choose from:

  • mountain lion
  • hummingbird
  • rattlesnake
  • butterfly
  • dragonfly
  • cactus bloom with bumblebee

Vote for your favorite online!

Don’t keep it a secret – make sure your family and friends cast a ballot too! We are eager to know what everyone thinks.

About Conservation License Plates

Sales of this new plate will fund a vast array of projects that support all types of wildlife, including those pictured on the plates. All projects funded by this plate will help native wildlife. To learn about other wildlife projects funded so far, visit http://conservation-plate.org/projects.phtml.

The winning plate design will be announced in spring 2015 and will be available for your vehicle, trailer or motorcycle through your local county tax office or online at www.ConservationPlate.org. The plate will cost $30 a year* and $22 will go directly to fund wildlife conservation in Texas.

To see our current family of conservation license plates, visit www.ConservationPlate.org.

  • The Horned Lizard plate supports wildlife conservation
  • The White-tailed Deer plate benefits big game hunting
  • The Largemouth Bass plate helps Texas fishing
  • The Bluebonnet and Camping plates support Texas State Parks

Thank you for your interest, participation and your personal vote.

*in addition to your regular vehicle registration fees

Last Updated on Sunday, 05 October 2014 14:36
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