42 State Parks Identified for Public Hunts

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Public hunts have been held on Texas state parks annually since 1971, providing affordable quality hunting experiences for thousands of sportsmen. This year, state wildlife officials plan to recommend public hunts during the 2003-04 hunting season at 42 state parks.

The following list of nominees, presented Jan. 22 to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission's Regulations Committee, includes the following (no new parks): Atlanta; Big Bend Ranch; Brazos Bend; Brownwood; Bryan Beach; Caddo Lake State Park/Wildlife Management Area; Caprock Canyons; Choke Canyon Calliham and North Shore Units; Colorado Bend; Cooper Lake South Sulphur Unit; Davis Mountains; Devils River State Natural Area; Devil's Sinkhole SNA; Enchanted Rock SNA; Fairfield Lake; Fort Boggy; Garner; Guadalupe River; Hill Country SNA; Honey Creek SNA; Huntsville; Inks Lake/Longhorn Cavern; Kickapoo Cavern; Lake Bob Sandlin; Lake Houston; Lake Mineral Wells; Lake Somerville; Lake Whitney; Lost Maples SNA; Martin Dies, Jr.; Matagorda Island; Mother Neff; Pedernales Falls; Pedernales Falls Annex; Possum Kingdom; Resaca de la Palma; San Angelo; Sea Rim; South Llano River and Tony Houseman SP/WMA.

Details of the proposed state park hunts will soon be available on the Web (www.tpwd.state.tx.us). The information will also be presented for comment at a series of public meetings during February and March. Comments may also be made to the TPWD Public Hunting Program by mail at 4200 Smith School Road, Austin, TX 78744 or by phone at (800) 792-1112.

The Commission will make a final decision about state park hunts for the coming season at its April 3 public meeting.