Texas Parks and Wildlife Department

Annual Guppy Cup Celebrates National Hunting and Fishing Day the Galveston Way

Sold out event celebrates community and a passion for the outdoors The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and the Texas Game Warden Association will be hosting the 3rd annual Cast Away Rods Guppy Cup KidFish on Saturday, September 25. The competition will run in conjunction with the Galveston Island Shrimp Festival and National Hunting and Fishing Day. “Three years ago, we developed the Guppy Cup as an opportunity for first-time anglers and their parents to learn […]

Texas Celebrates National Hunting and Fishing Day with Launch of New R3 Initiative

For generations, Texas sportsmen and women have understood that fish and wildlife populations and habitats must be managed for present and future generations to appreciate and enjoy. As they take to the hunting field or cast their line into a lake or the Gulf of Mexico, they know they are not only enjoying the state’s bounty but are helping to conserve it. In honor of this tradition, Saturday, Sept. 25 is designated as National Hunting and […]

Biologists Say White-Tailed Deer Population Looks Strong Ahead of Archery-Only Season Opener

Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) biologists say that 2021-22 is expected to be a white-tailed deer season for the books. Last year, the overall white-tailed deer population was estimated to be 5.4 million deer. While that estimate is down from the previous two years, TPWD biologists say that if fawn recruitment predictions hold true this season, coupled with good carryover of deer from last hunting season, hunters and landowners can expect to see an […]

Texas Horned Lizard Hatchling Release Marks Milestone to Save State Reptile

Lizard’s Plight Highlights Need for Landmark Federal Proposal to Aid Wildlife and People Once common, the Texas horned lizard is now one of more than 1,300 species of concern across the state. But there is good news for the little “horned toad.” Today, a coalition of zoos and wildlife scientists released 204 captive-raised hatchlings into the wild (100 of them hatched at the Fort Worth Zoo), and this follows new evidence this year that previously released […]

Teal Hunters in Texas Can Anticipate Another Good Season

The 2021 early teal hunting season arrives this Saturday (Sept. 11) and Texas hunters can once again expect a good season. Habitat conditions across much of the state are in outstanding shape which is a great sign going into the season. “I am expecting a good teal season once again for the state of Texas,” said Kevin Kraai, Waterfowl Program Leader for the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD). “Teal numbers are already impressive in […]

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 […]

Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission Special Meeting on CWD Set for Sept. 15

The Texas Parks and Wildlife (TPW) Commission will hold a special meeting on proposed rules related to Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD).  Earlier this year, the discovery of CWD in six  deer breeding facilities necessitated the filing of emergency rules in an attempt to stop the further spread of this disease.  Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) staff has been working with Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC) and numerous stakeholder groups to develop rules that will […]

Chronic Wasting Disease Discovered at a Deer Breeding Facility in Duval County

Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) has been discovered in a deer breeding facility in Duval County, marking the first positive detection of the disease in the county. The tissue samples were submitted by the deer breeding facility as part of required CWD surveillance programs. The samples indicated the presence of CWD during testing at the Texas A&M Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory (TVMDL) in College Station on August 18. The National Veterinary Services Laboratory in Ames, Iowa […]

Lake Worth “Fully Infested” with Zebra Mussels

The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) has designated Lake Worth in Tarrant County on the Trinity River basin as “infested” with invasive zebra mussels. Infested status signifies that there is an established, reproducing population of zebra mussels in the lake. The designation is a result of recent sampling efforts. “This finding that Lake Worth is fully infested is not unexpected,” said Raphael Brock, TPWD Inland Fisheries Dallas – Fort Worth Biologist. “There are two […]

Black Gap Wildlife Management Area Designated as an International Dark Sky Sanctuary

The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) is proud to announce that Black Gap Wildlife Management Area (WMA) has been designated as an International Dark Sky Sanctuary by the International Dark-Sky Association (IDA). Black Gap WMA is the second TPWD property to receive the Sanctuary designation, joining Devils River State Natural Area – Del Norte Unit which was designated as a Dark Sky Sanctuary in 2019. “This designation will help preserve the night skies in the Big Bend Region […]