Texas Hunting News

Texas Moves Bighorn Sheep into Big Bend Ranch State Park

Forty-six desert bighorn sheep bolted out of transport trailers and up into the Bofecillos Mountains along the Rio Grande this week. The 12 rams and 34 ewes were captured by helicopter at Elephant Mountain Wildlife Management Area and moved to Big Bend Ranch State Park on Tuesday and Wednesday, Dec. 21-22.

Eastern Texas Turkey Hunting May be Reduced this Spring

Since 1995 when Texas' first spring eastern turkey hunting season was opened in Red River County, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department has maintained a conservative approach - a 30-day season, mandatory check stations, one gobbler bag limit - to give the birds ample opportunity to establish themselves in new haunts. As turkey numbers have increased and flocks expand into new areas, the agency has steadily increased hunting opportunity by opening a spring season in 43 East Texas counties.

Texas Wise County Poachers Caught in the Act

Nov. 5, Wise County Game Warden Chris Dowdy and Tarrant County Game Warden David Vannoy were patrolling Wise County on the eve of the rifle season opener. While investigating a call about a possible poacher, warden Dowdy received another call from a landowner about a deer that had just been shot from the road. After the first call was cleared, the wardens responded to the second call. When they arrived, the wardens found two very upset landowners and one dead white-tailed doe.

Texas Deer Season Prospects Look Good

Texas deer hunters could be blessed with too much of a good thing this fall, at least early on, as excellent range conditions throughout the state have set the stage for what could be a season to remember.

Many Texas Hunt Applications Due August 12th

Hunters hoping to take advantage of economical quality hunts on state-managed lands are reminded of upcoming application deadlines. The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department will be offering adult and youth only hunts by special drawing for a wide variety of species as part of its Public Hunting Program.

Applications for several hunt categories, including all archery only and crossbow hunts, pronghorn, and TPWD private lands hunts are due by 5 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 12. All gun deer and youth deer hunt category applications must be received by 5 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 2.

Texas PWD Needs Hunter Education Instructors

The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) will be conducting a free Hunter Education New Instructor Training Workshop Saturday, August 14th, 2010, in Grand Prairie, Texas. The workshop will be from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the North Texas Education Center, 5411 Robinson Road, Grand Prairie, TX 75052.

Texas Finalizes Short List of Hunting Regulation Changes
Expansion of mule deer hunting opportunities tops a short list of regulatory changes adopted by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission as part of the 2010-2011 Statewide Hunting and Fishing Proclamation.
Smokers Butts are Littering Beaches
Is a beach an ashtray? It may be surprising, but cigarette butts were the most common item found on the world's beaches at the 2009 International Coastal Cleanup.
Texas Spring Turkey Outlook "Fair"
Hunters should temper expectations for this spring's turkey season after back-to-back years of dry conditions negatively impacted nesting success across much of Texas, resulting in fewer gobblers on the ground.
Texas PWD Offers Family Camping Workshops
Camping in Texas can be a fun family outing, but it can also be an intimidating and daunting task for those who have never been. Thanks to the Texas Outdoor Family program, families have the chance to learn the basics of camping and enjoy the great outdoors.