• Article Image Alt Text

TPWD News Digest for March 26-April 2, 2015


TPWD News Digest for March 26-April 2, 2015
(Upcoming events are located under “Briefs”)

All TPWD news releases available online:

www.tpwd.texas.gov/newsmedia/releases/, on our Facebook page http://on.fb.me/14mXM2T, or our twitter sites@tpwdnews@tpwdhunt or @tpwdparks

April 2, 2015

April 1, 2015

  • Catfish, Striped Bass Stand Out in Possum Kingdom Fish Surveys
    ATHENS—Gill net surveys recently completed on Possum Kingdom Reservoir by the Wichita Falls Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) fisheries office shows that some fish populations have bounced back from fish kills caused by golden alga between 2000 and 2010.

March 26, 2015

  • TPW Commission Adopts Turkey Hunting Regulation Changes
    AUSTIN – The Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission at its Thursday public hearing approved closing spring eastern turkey hunting in 11 East Texas counties effective next year, while restructuring the season in two other counties.
  • TPW Commission Adopts Changes in Fishing Regulations
    AUSTIN – The Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission at its Thursday public hearing approved adjustments to bass length limits on several lakes, a change in alligator gar bag limit on Falcon Lake and clarifications to commercial crab and finfish rules.
  • International Children & Nature Conference Brings Thought Leaders to Austin —The Children & Nature Network 2015 Conference: Inspiration and Action for Healthy Communities comes to the Hyatt Lost Pines Resort April 7-9 
    AUSTIN — This year has been a momentous year for the children and nature movement. Ten years after publication of Richard Louv’s Last Child in the Woods: Saving our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder, and five years after the establishment of the Texas Children in Nature collaborative, there is new and growing urgency around connecting children and families to nature.
  • Mule Deer Relocated in West Texas to Help Boost Population
    ALPINE— In an effort to boost a struggling mule deer population in and around the Black Gap Wildlife Management Area, 40 mule deer does were relocated from Elephant Mountain Wildlife Management Area in early February. The mule deer population within Black Gap WMA and surrounding area has struggled to rebound from the drought of the late 1990’s.
  • Smith County Duo Facing More Than 30 Charges for Illegal Hunting Activity
    TYLER – Two Smith County men have been arrested and face more than 30 charges after a random tip sparked a two-month investigation by state game wardens into a series of illegal hunting incidents.
  • TPW Commission Recognizes Employee Achievement 
    AUSTIN — Several Texas Parks and Wildlife Department employees were recognized at Thursday’s TPW Commission meeting by executive director Carter Smith for their outstanding work in various fields.


News Briefs and Upcoming Events

The Wildlife Society Texas Chapter Recognizes TPWD Biologists
TPWD wildlife staff received awards of excellence at the recent Texas Chapter of The Wildlife Society annual conference for their efforts in scientific research. TPWD biologist Gary Calkins was among a team of researchers recognized with Best Scientific Publication for work appearing in the Journal of Wildlife Management. The publication detailed a study on identifying suitable habitat for Louisiana black bear in East Texas using GIS-based models. Calkins and fellow TPWD biologists Jay Whiteside and Jason Hardin were among a team honored with Best Technical Article for their work on an document about biology and management of Eastern wild turkey in Texas.

San Angelo State Park Hosts Dog’s Day at the Park
The 10th annual wiener dog and small breed dog races on April 4 is sponsored by Friends of San Angelo State Park. The entry fee is $15.00. North entrance registration is at 9 a.m., and the races start at 10 a.m. Free fun for all dogs includes an Easter obstacle course, a costume contest, a stupid pet trick contest, other prizes and food. For more information, call 325-942-8096.     

Join a Birding Tour at Lost Maples State Natural Area
The birding tours at Lost Maples State Natural Area are led by experienced birding hosts Les and Jane Hall, who have visited Lost Maples for nearly 15 years and can identify over 90 bird species each season. Join them at 8:30 a.m. every Tuesday and Saturday in April to look for the Black-capped Virios. This tour is for birders of all levels. For more information, call 830-966-3413.

Fort Richardson State Park and Historic Site Hosts Living History Days
From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday, April 10 and Saturday, April 11, park visitors can enjoy a day in the life of early Texas settlers. There will be a doctor, nurse, hospital steward, artillery demo, Dutch oven cooking, blacksmith, soldiers drilling troops, quilters, telegraph operators and other reenactors. Friday, April 10 is dedicated to school groups while Saturday, April 11 is open to the general public. For more information, call 940-567-3506.

Count the Bats at Blanco State Park
From 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Friday, April 17, Blanco State Park visitors can count the bats in the park’s bat house as part of this citizen science program. The park will use these counts to compare future bat population numbers. Visitors will learn about Mexican free-tailed bats and echolocation and take a short night hike so see some flying bats. Participants should meet at the Caswell Nature Trail and bring water, comfortable shoes and a flashlight. For more information and the most updated program times, call 830-833-4333, ext. 241.

Join San Jacinto Battleground State Historic Site in Celebrating Texas Independence
From 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, April 18, park visitors can enjoy a day of fun, food, music and battle-reenactment to celebrate the 18-minute battle that won Texas its Independence from Mexico. Visitors can wander through the park’s living history exhibits, which include the Mexican and Texian army camps, to learn what life was like for members of both armies At 3 p.m., visitors can enjoy the reenactment of the battle on April 12, 1836, with booming cannons, cracking musket fire, thundering hooves and desperate battle cries. The Battleship TEXAS will also be open for tours from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Admission is $12.00 for adults 13 years of age and older, $6.00 seniors 65 and over and free for children 12 years of age and under. There will be no onsite parking for the festival. Instead, there will be accessible shuttle buses that will run from designated parking lots to the San Jacinto Monument on a regular basis throughout the day. For more information please call (281) 479-2431.

Geocache at Blanco State Park
From 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Saturday, April 18, park visitors can help Ranger Kate figure out what animal was in the park last night. This hands-on program will teach participants the basics of geocaching and how to use a GPS, which will be provided onsite, to figure out what happened in the park based on animal tracks and clues. Participants should meet at the Pump House trail and bring water and comfortable shoes. Participants should register by e-mail or phone at 830-833-4333, ext. 241.


Facebook Highlights

Texas Parks and Wildlife News

  • LINK: Two Smith County men face more than 30 charges of illegal hunting. View link here.
  • PHOTO: A view of Palo Duro Canyon shows where the CCC established a quarry in this Throwback Thursday photo. View photo here.


Texas Parks and Wildlife- Main


Texas Game Wardens

  • LINK: Texas game wardens will be working with Animal Planet on a new TV show called “Lone Star Law.”View link here.
  • PHOTO: A game warden writes a citation for alleged over-limit and non-tagged red drum. View photo here.

Twitter Highlights



  • PHOTO: Mom protects her two new bison calves at Caprock Canyons State Park. View photo here.
  • PHOTO: Bluebonnets are in bloom at Guadalupe River State Park. View photo here.


  • PHOTO: Texas game wardens announce their new TV show “Lone Star Law” on Animal Planet. View photo here.
  • PHOTO: Texas game warden cadets take a field trip to Boca Chica to pull illegal gill nets. View photo here.


Video News Reports:

Volunteer Vacation – April is National Volunteer Month
A Video News Report is now available on our site called “Volunteer Vacation.” April is National Volunteer Month and while some folks like a chance to get away from work and take it easy, one group of people who are already retired, well, they’d rather work on their vacation and for nothing more than to help out a state park. Texas Parks and Wildlife takes a look back at some of the first volunteers on their state park vacation.

See the Youtube link at https://youtu.be/JmJ_uu6mP1U

For a high resolution download on our site, click on the link http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/files/video/

Look for “April VNR_Volunteer Vacation.”  There is a split track version and a mixed audio version with CG and Mix with No CG, all in HD.

Mule Deer Relocation – Biologists Capture and Move Deer to Replenish Herds
A fresh Video News Report and press release are now available on our site called “Mule Deer Relocation.” In a multi-year effort to boost mule deer populations in parts of Far West Texas, biologists are capturing and relocating female deer, or does, to help replenish herds after the drought of the 1990s. Texas Parks and Wildlife has this report.

See the Youtube link at https://youtu.be/XywYkHNQ4Kc

For a high resolution download on our site, click on the link http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/files/video/.

Look for “March VNR_Mule Deer Relocation.”  There is a split track version and a mixed audio version with CG, both in HD.


For events in your area, visit our calendar section at http://www.tpwd.texas.gov/calendar/

News Staff

A directory of TPWD staff is available at: http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/newsmedia/mrg.phtml

TPWD News Media Phone Line, 512-389-8030 (office)

Steve Lightfoot, Information Specialist: 512-389-4701 (office), 512-565-3680 (mobile),steve.lightfoot@tpwd.texas.gov

Rob McCorkle, Information Specialist: 830-866-3533 (office), 830-928-2239 (mobile),robert.mccorkle@tpwd.texas.gov

Stephanie Salinas, Information Specialist: 512-389-8756 (office), 512-968-5743 (mobile),stephanie.salinas@tpwd.texas.gov

Other contacts:

Josh Havens, Communications Division Director, 512-389-4557 (office), josh.havens@tpwd.texas.gov

Tom Harvey, Deputy Communications Director: 512-389-4453 (office), 512-565-3679 (mobile),tom.harvey@tpwd.texas.gov

Larry Hodge, Inland Fisheries Information Specialist: 903-670-2255 (office), larry.hodge@tpwd.texas.gov