Texas Hunting News

TPWD Reports Increase in License Sales
Favorable hunting conditions this fall have led to a three percent increase in sales of hunting and fishing licenses compared to last year, as well as record participation in the 'Big Time Texas Hunts' program, according to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.
‘Texas Big Game Awards’ Has First Winner
The first winner in the Texas Big Game Awards (TBGA) program for the 2003 hunting season has been selected for the "Early Entry Special Program" drawing for the month of October. The winner is Ralph Donaho from Kent who harvested a pronghorn antelope from Hudspeth County with a gross Boone and Crockett score of 83 inches.
Symposium Aims To Ensure Future of Hunting
Shaping and ensuring a healthy future for hunting in North America will be the opportunity and challenge Dec. 3-6 when folks from near and far meet here for the 7th Governor’s Symposium on North America’s Hunting Heritage.
Recent Rains Bolster Conditions for Deer
With much-needed rainfall scattered throughout the state during the last few months, range conditions more resemble late spring than early fall, which bodes well for Texas’ deer herd. For hunters who rely on supplemental food sources to pattern deer, however, those conditions could present a challenge, according to Texas Parks and Wildlife Department biologists.
$38,000 Grant for Youth Hunting Program
The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) has awarded the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department a $38,000 grant from its Hunting Heritage Partnership for funding the Texas Youth Hunting Program.
Hunting Heritage Symposium
In Texas, like many rural states, hunting is more than a sport and a management tool — it's a way of life. And gathering around a campfire to celebrate the hunt, honor the game animal and make future plans is an integral part of hunting. That tradition continues on a grand scale here Dec. 3-6 at the 7th Governor's Symposium on North America's Hunting Heritage.
New Target Range Grants Approved
To assist shooting ranges in building education classes and practice areas, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Commission recently approved funding for four projects with the Target Range Program for a total of $165,000.
LAMPS Antlerless Permit Applications Available
Texas Parks and Wildlife Department is accepting applications for antlerless deer permits for the 2003-04 hunting season under LAMPS (Landowner Assisted Management Permitting System). The LAMPS program was initiated in 1993 to offer East Texas landowners and hunters additional opportunities for harvesting antlerless deer.
Wildlife Expo Offers Free Family Fun Oct. 4-5
The premier weekend for hunting, fishing, camping and enjoying the outdoors is here again. Oct. 4-5, the Texas Wildlife Expo will take over Texas Park and Wildlife Department Headquarters in Austin and more than 40,000 visitors are expected.
Hunting Season Outlook is Good
Thanks to timely rainfall and good wildlife production, this fall's hunting prospects are good, state wildlife biologists predict. "Based on the reports I'm getting from the field, this year is shaping up to be a good one across the board," said Mike Berger, Wildlife division director for the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.