Texas game wardens

Texas Game Wardens Conclude Busy Labor Day Weekend on the Water

Texas Game Wardens were out in force during the Labor Day Weekend, logging 2,110 patrol hours to ensure water safety while Texans spent time with friends and family. “With sharp increases the previous two years in water-related recreation and accidents, our agency took every precaution available to ensure the safety of everyone on the water and in our parks,” said Cody Jones, Assistant Commander for Marine Enforcement for the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. “We […]

Texas Game Wardens Wrap up Another Busy July Fourth Weekend of Statewide Enforcement

AUSTIN— As Texans hit the waterways across the state to recognize July Fourth, Texas Game Wardens were out in force to ensure everyone stayed safe on the water.  “Texas Game Wardens partnered with thousands of law enforcement agencies across the country for Operation Dry Water to focus on impacts of alcohol on boaters during high-traffic weekends like July 4th,” said Cody Jones, Assistant Commander for Marine Enforcement with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. “These […]

Texas Game Wardens Advise Texans to “Stay Dry” While Boating This Fourth

Alcohol, Drug Abuse Contributes to Fatal Boating Accidents in Texas The slips and boat ramps of Texas will soon buzz with activity as Fourth of July weekend approaches. Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) reminds boaters to follow basic safety precautions while on the water. Game wardens will join the United States Coast Guard and thousands of law enforcement officers on heightened alert for violations as part of Operation Dry Water, a nationally coordinated enforcement campaign […]

Texas Game Wardens, Coast Guard Team Up for National Safe Boating Week

HOUSTON—Texas Game Wardens and the Coast Guard are scheduled to impart safety tips and offer ride-alongs during a National Safe Boating Week media event in Texas City on Thursday morning.   Coast Guard Station Galveston search and rescue subject matter experts, Coast Guard Auxiliary members and local Texas Game Wardens will be available for interviews to help keep the public informed of safe boating practices as Memorial Day Weekend approaches.   The information discussed will include general […]

Game Warden Field Notes

The following items are compiled from recent Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) law enforcement reports. Bee Careful! A swarm of bees attacked a rancher utilizing an open top bulldozer to clear brush from his property when he inadvertently ran over their hive. Unable to be removed from his vehicle, a ranch hand covered him in blankets and called emergency services for assistance. Supported by local EMS, Sheriff’s Department, and Eldorado Volunteer Fire Department, Schleicher […]

Texas Game Wardens Conclude a Successful Labor Day Weekend on the Water 

Texas Game Wardens patrolled more than 2,500 hours throughout the busy Labor Day holiday ensuring boaters and anglers enjoyed a relaxing wrap up to their summer. “With last year’s sharp increase in water-related tourism and accidents, our agency took every precaution available to ensure the safety of all visitors on the water and in our parks,” said Cody Jones, Assistant Commander for Marine Enforcement for the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. “We had 354 Texas Game Wardens on patrol […]

Applications Being Accepted for Texas Game Warden Cadet Class

The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) is currently accepting applications for their 65th Texas Game Warden Cadet class. As fully commissioned peace officers, game wardens are responsible for the enforcement of Texas laws across the state including water safety, natural resource protection and environmental management. Unconstrained by city or county jurisdictions, Texas Game Wardens patrol the state’s natural waterways, oversee hunting and fishing regulation, and often support local landowners. More widely known, are the […]

Water, Boating Safety Takes Precedence Ahead of Labor Day Weekend

With Labor Day weekend approaching, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) is reminding everyone to be safe this holiday by following basic boating and water safety precautions. In 2020, Texans took advantage of the outdoors and hit the waters in droves, driving recreational boating accidents to a 30 year high. Outreach efforts by Texas Game Wardens and community partners have resulted in a 24 percent decrease in boating related accidents but numbers remain higher than […]

Texas Game Wardens Wrap up Busy July 4th Weekend Boating Safety Efforts

Thousands of Texans and out-of-state visitors headed to Texas lakes, rivers and coastal bays to celebrate the Independence Day weekend. Texas Game Wardens were out in force to ensure everyone stayed safe on the water. “Texas Game Wardens conducted safety checks on more than 12,220 vessels statewide between Friday and Sunday over the Fourth of July weekend,” said Cody Jones, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s (TPWD) Assistant Commander for Marine Enforcement. “Our game wardens were […]

Texas Game Wardens Participating in ‘Operation Dry Water’ This July Fourth Weekend

The Fourth of July holiday weekend is quickly approaching and those enjoying Texas waterways are finalizing their plans. Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) is reminding everyone to be safe this holiday weekend by following basic boating safety precautions while on the water. Game wardens, the United States Coast Guard and thousands of law enforcement officers will be on heightened alert looking for those violating boating under the influence laws. The effort is in conjunction […]