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Game Wardens Field Notes and More PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 12 January 2014 16:21

Game Wardens Field Notes and More

warden helps infant and mother from boatThe game warden force of Texas Parks and Wildlife has enhanced its important role in maintaining the state’s maritime security by become only the fourth state conservation law enforcement agency to be accredited by the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) Boat Operations and Training (BOAT) Program. Read more in this news story.

“For over 100 years, the TPWD game wardens have patrolled the land and waterways of our great state, protecting public safety and preserving our natural resources,” Gov. Rick Perry said. “They have set the gold standard for maritime operations, and this accreditation affirms their role as one of the nation’s elite law enforcement and emergency response operations.”

It's all in a day's work. In this video news story they rescue a mom and baby near Austin after the October 31 flood. Read Game Wardens Field Notes October and November issues to keep up with their work protecting people and wildlife in the Texas outdoors.

Big Time Texas Hunts Winners Announced PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 08 December 2013 18:04

Big Time Texas Hunts Winners Announced

AUSTIN — Fifteen lucky sportsmen are making special plans for hunting season as winners of this year’s Big Time Texas Hunts. The hunters were selected by random computer drawing from applicants in the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department program.

All told, hunters bought 71,658 Big Time Texas Hunt entries during this year’s sales period through the Oct. 15 deadline. This generated $676,504 in gross revenue to support wildlife research, habitat management and public hunting.

The winner of this year’s Big Time Texas Hunts crown jewel, the Texas Grand Slam hunt package, which includes four separate guided hunts for Texas’ most prized big game animals; desert bighorn sheep, white-tailed deer, pronghorn antelope and mule deer is Kelly Lee Hill of Spring, Texas.

Hill admits he only recently learned about the Big Time Texas Hunts while taking a hunter education course in order to meet requirements for bowhunting in other states. “I had no idea these hunts were being offered,” he recalls. “I went to work and told all my friends and we all entered; I won. I know there are people who’ve been entering for years so I feel fortunate to win. I’m excited.”

Following are the winners of this year’s Big Time Texas Hunts.

  • Texas Grand Slam — Kelly Lee Hill, Spring, TX
  • Premium Buck Hunt — Michael Brown, Magnolia, TX
  • Exotic Safari — Kepha Hawkins, Clyde, TX; Julius Zapalac, Ledbetter, TX
  • Whitetail Bonanza — James Marsh, Bluemont, VA; Cody Stewart, San Antonio, TX; Lloyd Dunn, San Antonio, TX; James Watkins, Bullard, TX; Pat Green, New Home, TX; Danny Clark, Navasota, TX; Timothy Motes, Humble, TX;
  • Big Time Bird Hunt — Jeffrey Hilsberg, Austin, TX
  • Gator Hunt —  Robert Pulley, Lucas, TX
  • Texas Waterfowl Hunt — Robert Holmes, Cypress, TX
  • Wild Hog Adventure — Mike Davis, San Angelo, TX
Top Ticket Written by Game Wardens? PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 08 December 2013 17:45

Top Ticket Written by Game Wardens?

warden writing ticketThe #1 hunting regulation violation is failure to show proof of hunter education certification. The good news: This season hunter education just got more convenient, flexible and accessible.

Four options for hunter education certification now include a streamlined, one-day basic course and an option for anyone 17 years of age or older to take the hunting safety training completely online. The combination online home study and 4 to 5 hour skills field day course will still be offered, as well as advanced hunter education and in high school and college courses across the state.

Anyone born after Sept. 1, 1971 must successfully complete a hunter education training course or purchase a one-time deferral good for one license year in order to hunt legally in Texas. The certification is valid for life and is honored in all other states and provinces.

Sign up and help save lives in the field. Since mandatory hunter education first started in 1988, the number of hunting accidents and hunting fatalities has steadily declined to less than 3 per 100,000 hunters.

Why Hunting is Good for Kids and Families PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 08 December 2013 17:42

Why Hunting is Good for Kids and Families

young hunter with mentor takes aimThis is the story of six young hunters (four boys, two girls) and their dads who spent an unforgettable weekend hunting and learned lessons of a lifetime, courtesy of the Texas Youth Hunting Program (TYHP) and the Carter P. Smith family which hosted the event at their Hill Country ranch. Sit back and enjoy their story, “Deer Hunt on the Dobbs,” by Carter Smith for Texas Parks & Wildlife magazine.

Now in its 17th year, TYHP pairs the hunters with willing landowners and teams of trained volunteer “huntmasters” who lead the youth hunts and serve as the instructors, mentors, safety officers, guides and camp cooks. To date, thousands of kids, more than half of whom had never hunted before, have participated in the program. Hear from some program kids and mentors in this short video.

Everyone gets something from the experience. Landowners enjoy the immense satisfaction of hosting a group of boys and girls eager to experience the thrill of a hunt out in the country. For the youth and their parents, it’s priceless time afield together on a private ranch sharing a time-honored outdoor activity. Volunteer huntmasters describe perhaps the best gift of all, the reward of simply “giving back.”

Talking Turkey, Alligators, Woodcocks and More PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 08 December 2013 17:40

Talking Turkey, Alligators, Woodcocks and More

hunter holding turkey callerFirst, let's talk turkey. This fall's season is a good time to warm up your turkey calling skills. Watch this skill builder video to learn how to lure the big birds within range.

Along with turkey, if you’re in the right place at the right time, opportunities abound across Texas to hunt more than deer, dove and ducks. Target a species you may not have tried before, such as these during fall seasons:

  • Turkey – September 28 archery only season underway in 145 counties; fall season starts November 2
  • Javelina – October 1 fall season underway in 43 counties
  • Quail – October 26 season begins soon

From alligator to woodcock, check these pages to find the details of upcoming seasons, counties and bag limits for all of Texas game species.

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