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[ Media Contact: Steve Lightfoot, 512-389-4701, steve.lightfoot@tpwd.texas.gov ] [SL]
Aug. 9, 2004
New Hunting and Fishing License Packages Go on Sale Aug. 15
AUSTIN, Texas -- New hunting and fishing licenses for 2004-05 will be available beginning Aug. 15, and the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department is reminding customers to be aware of some significant changes. All current annual hunting and fishing licenses expire on Tuesday, Aug. 31.
The biggest change will affect recreational fishermen. Beginning this fall, Texas anglers will have to pick the fishing license package that matches their fishing preference: freshwater, saltwater or both. That's because a new $5 freshwater fishing stamp to generate funding for fish hatchery construction and repair will be required to fish in freshwater starting Sept. 1. A similar endorsement to fish in saltwater has been in place for several years, with revenue generated by coastal anglers earmarked for that fishery.
According to the new licensing structure, anglers will select from several fishing packages: a freshwater fishing license ($28 for residents, $11 for seniors and $55 for non-residents), a saltwater fishing license ($33 for residents, $16 for seniors and $60 for non-residents) or an all-water fishing license good for both fresh and saltwater ($38 for residents, $21 for seniors and $65 for non-residents). All packages come with the appropriate required stamps.
Similar license packages will also be available in conjunction with hunting licenses, including a freshwater combo ($47 for residents, and $15 for seniors), a saltwater combo ($52 for residents, $20 for seniors) and all-water combo ($57 for residents, $25 for seniors). The popular super combo "one stop shop" license package will incur just the additional cost of the freshwater stamp ($64), as does the senior super combo ($30).
The types of temporary fishing licenses available also has changed. The 3-day resident, the 5-day non-resident and the 14-day temporary have been replaced by a 1-day temporary with an option to buy additional daily privileges at the time of purchase. The first time a resident purchases a 1-day resident license the price will be $11 for freshwater, $16 for saltwater and $21 for all water privileges, with additional consecutive days costing $4 per day. The same customer may choose to purchase the same 1-day license package at a later date for only $6 with each consecutive additional day costing $4. The first time a non-resident buys a 1-day license the cost will be $17 for freshwater, $22 for saltwater or $27 for all water, with additional consecutive days costing $8 each. The same non-resident customer may choose to purchase the same 1-day license package at a later date for $12 with each consecutive additional day costing $8.
There is also a new summer's-end license for Texas residents only valid for the months of July and August. The freshwater version will cost $25; while the saltwater will run $30 and an all-water license $35.
The agency also created for convenience sake a "year-from-purchase" all-water fishing license valid for 365 days from the date of purchase. The cost of this license option will be $45 and available to Texas residents only.
Texas issues 3.2 million hunting and fishing licenses annually through 28 TPWD field offices, more than 100 state parks and at many retailers across Texas. Also for the first time, Texas hunting and fishing licenses may be purchased over the Internet (http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/licenses/online_sales/).
Hunters and anglers can also purchase licenses by calling (800) 895-4248. The phone license operation serves both Texans and non-residents, enabling hunters and anglers to buy licenses by phone using a major credit card. Call center hours are 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday -- Friday and 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday.
A license confirmation number is issued at the time of purchase for online and phone orders, and the physical license is mailed separately. Confirmation numbers will verify that a license has been purchased but will not allow hunters to take fish or wildlife that requires a tag. A $5 convenience fee is charged for ordering online or by phone.
Anyone planning to hunt migratory game birds such as dove and waterfowl this year must be certified under the Harvest Information Program (HIP). Migratory game bird hunters (doves and migratory game birds) are urged to check their new license at the time of sale; HIP certification will be printed on the license at the time of sale only after the purchaser answers a few brief migratory bird questions. Lifetime license holders must also be HIP-certified to hunt migratory birds.
Online and wherever licenses are sold, several other items for the 2004-05 season are also available, including Annual Public Hunting Permits and entries in Big Time Texas Hunt drawings.
The Big Time Texas Hunts program offers the opportunity to win one or more guided hunts with food and lodging provided. Proceeds are dedicated to providing more public hunting opportunities and funding wildlife conservation and/or research programs in Texas. Entries in the Big Time Texas Hunt drawings are $10 each. There is no limit to the number of entries an individual may purchase, and entries may be purchased as gifts for others. Purchasers must be 17 years old or older. Information about the Big Time Texas Hunts and an entry form is available at (http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/hunt/pubhunt/bigtime.htm).
The entry deadline on all categories is midnight Nov. 6. Entries may be purchased year-round, but entries received after the deadline will be entered in the drawing for the following year.
The $48 Annual Public Hunting Permit allows hunters access to 1.2 million acres of public hunting lands, including land leased exclusively for hunting dove, pheasant, waterfowl and other small game. Youth younger than age 17 may hunt on public hunting lands without the permit if they have the $6 Special Resident Hunting license and are hunting with a permitted adult. A Public Hunting Lands map booklet and supplement of dove lease maps will be mailed within a week of purchase of the permit at retail outlets; however, the map booklet and supplement can be obtained immediately by purchasing the permit at a TPWD law enforcement office.
Plus, the TPWD magazine subscriptions will be available through the license system at a special low rate. License buyers can subscribe for one year (12 issues) for only $13.95. That's 70 percent off the newsstand rate. Two-year subscriptions (24 issues) are also available at $26.95. For details, see the Texas Parks & Wildlife magazine ad on page 16 of the new Outdoor Annual. *
* Correction, Aug. 19, 2004: The original version of this news release did not list the special subscription price for license buyers. (Return to corrected item.)
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[ Media Contact: Kristen Everett, 512-389-8046, tpwd.news@tpwd.texas.gov ] [KE]
Aug. 9, 2004
Boating Safety Reminders for All
Extra! Read All Aboat It!
UNDATED -- Since the Memorial Day week kick-off of boating season, Texas Parks and Wildlife game wardens have been out in full force attempting to make Texas waters safer.
There is good news this year though. The number of boating-related fatalities on Texas public waterways has sharply decreased between 2002 and 2003.
In 2002, 61 people died. And last year, 39 did.
The decrease can't be credited or attributed to any one factor and could be due to anything from weather to flooding to safer behaviors.
"Texas is different from many other states in that we have a year-round boating season. We also have more inland water than any of the 48 continental states. We have a coastline and all the activity there as well. We also have one of the highest number of registered boats in the nation. We just have a lot of activity. With all this in mind, we feel like overall, boating is a safe activity in Texas," said Willie Gonzalez, assistant chief of marine enforcement at TPWD.
A reminder: a law that went into effect in 2001 includes the suspension of a driver's license for failing to submit to alcohol testing when suspected of operating a vessel while intoxicated. This applies to watercrafts of 50 horse power or more.
Notable boating regulations include:
--Children younger than 13 years of age must wear approved life jackets while under way.
--All personal watercraft passengers, including those being towed, must wear life jackets.
--All boats must have at least one Type I, II, or III U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jacket wearable and of the proper size for each person on board.
--All life jackets must be in good and serviceable condition and readily accessible.
--Persons younger than age 16 must successfully complete a boater education class (unless exempt) in order to operate boats of 15 horsepower or more and windblown vessels more than 14 feet in length unless accompanied by someone 18 or older.
--Someone who either appears to be impaired and/or has a blood alcohol level of 0.08 percent or higher while operating a boat may be arrested for BWI.
--When operating at greater than headway speed, those on personal watercrafts must remain 50 feet apart from each other, and from other boats as well as shorelines, docks and any fixed objects.
Game wardens will be conducting media ride-alongs all summer. For more information, contact your local game warden office. Also, TPWD boater education courses are available in a traditional classroom setting, on line and through a home video course. Call (800) 792-1112 or visit (http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/edu/boated/boated.htm).
TPWD is now compiling data for 2004 and will release it in the coming weeks.
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[ Media Contact: Kristen Everett, 512-389-8046, tpwd.news@tpwd.texas.gov ] [KE]
Aug. 9, 2004
Fishing Seminar Scheduled for Port Aransas
PORT ARANSAS, Texas -- Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, Anheuser-Busch, the Coastal Conservation Association, , and the Port Aransas Chamber of Commerce are sponsoring special weekend-long events in September to help anglers enjoy and succeed in fishing shallow water.
Some of Texas' most outstanding shallow water boat experts, scientists, guides and anglers will provide all the information anglers could ever need to safely and successfully boat, kayak, and fish the shallow waters of the Texas Bays.
Seminars begin at 8 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 18 at the Port Aransas Civic Center. Cost is $20 per adult or $30 per adult/spouse for the daylong event. Children younger than age 17 can attend free.
On Sunday, Slowride Guide Service will lead paddle tours of the Lighthouse Lakes Trails from 9-11 a.m. There is no charge for paddling tours for those bringing their paddle craft. For those who wish to take a paddle tour and do not have a boat, rentals will be available by reservation and a rental fee of $20 per boat for the morning.
All proceeds from the event will go to the Parks and Wildlife Foundation of Texas for the Redfish Bay Endowment. Pre-register by sending cash, check or money order to Port Aransas Chamber of Commerce, 421 W. Cotter, Port Aransas, TX, 78373 or register at the Civic Center on the day of the event. For more information, contact the Port Aransas Chamber of Commerce at (800) 45Coast or TPWD at (512) 389-4642.
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[ Media Contact: Tom Harvey, 512-389-4453, tom.harvey@tpwd.texas.gov ] [NT]
Aug. 9, 2004
Step Back in Time at Castroville Pioneer Day
CASTROVILLE, Texas -- The folks at Landmark Inn State Historic Site invite you to step back in time to the mid 1800s and experience Castroville Pioneer Day on Sept. 18.
The public can visit 25 exhibit booths featuring demonstrations of pioneer crafts, trades and skills, and other hands-on activities. Visitors can experience and often participate in everything from soap making, milking a dairy cow, blacksmithing, quilting, rope making, Dutch oven cooking, spinning and more, all accompanied by fiddle and guitar music.
"We want people to be completely immersed in pioneer life," said Ken Conway, who manages the historic site. "People can expect to see, feel and even smell the same things the pioneers did."
The Landmark Inn State Historic Site is located just 23 minutes from the San Antonio Riverwalk (Take Highway 90 west). The inn is operated as a bed and breakfast with 10 rooms restored and decorated with early American antiques that present a genuine old world charm with modern comfort.
Pioneer Day will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and is a great educational opportunity for children and adults of all ages. Ticket prices are as follows:
--Adults and children older than 12 -- $5
--Children ages 5-12 -- $2.50
--Children ages 4 and younger -- free
For more information or to purchase tickets in advance by credit card, call (830) 931-2133. Receive $1 off admission for tickets purchased in advance. Discounts are available to groups of 10 or more.
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[ General Media Contact: Business Hours, 512-389-4406 ] [KE]
Aug. 9, 2004
TPWD Game Warden Field Notes
The following are excerpts from recent Texas Parks and Wildlife Department law enforcement reports.
Tragedies
--An adult male drowned while saving his 9-year-old son on the Llano River in Kimble County recently. The child stepped into a deep hole and began to struggle. The father dove in head first striking his head on a rock but was able to save his son before he passed out from the head injury and drowned.
--Brown County game wardens searched for two drowned victims on the Pecan Bayou at Fabis Park. Three subjects went fishing in a 10-foot flat-bottom boat. This craft started to take on water and sink. Two subjects swam to the bank and noticed the third still in the water. One subject went back in to help him. Both subjects went under and did not resurface. Life preservers were floating in the water when they drowned.
--Recently, Travis County wardens responded in two separate patrol boats to a drowning call in Devil's Cove on Lake Travis. Upon contact with the rented party barge, it was found that a subject had hit his head on the slide while going down it and once in the water never resurfaced. The scene was secured and search of the area was done with no results. A dragging operation was conducted, but nothing was found. Dive teams searched the area until the body surfaced and was recovered later.
Snake Tales
--A Menard County game warden reported that recently, a subject was bitten by a water moccasin snake. The victim was transported to Kimble County Hospital and was in fair condition. The victim is a crewmember of a film company that is filming in Menard. While filming a scene on the San Saba River, the victim was bitten by the snake.
--Wichita and Montague county game wardens took six kids on an overnight trip to a private ranch in Montague County near Forestburg. The trip was to teach the kids safety procedures. They were taught firearm safety and had the opportunity to shoot at clay pigeons. While out on the ranch, they came across a copperhead snake and were counseled on what action to take when encountering poisonous snakes.
Great Catches
--A Callahan County game warden arrested two subjects and recovered three stolen pickup trucks, a SeaDoo Wave Runner Jet Ski and trailer, a utility trailer, TV, DVD player and numerous others items taken from a store in Clyde. The total value was in the excess of $80,000. He was patrolling T & P Lake when he discovered the jet ski and utility trailer hidden in some brush. He felt there was something wrong, but the items did not come back stolen at that time. Later, he observed the items hooked up to two late model pickups on the way out to the highway from the lake. When stopped, the two subjects were very nervous and kept asking him if there was something wrong. The warden observed the other stolen items in the vehicles and called for backup. With the help of the Sheriff of Callahan County, the subjects and all the items were transported to the county impound. Cases are pending.
--Maverick County wardens retrieved 1,500 feet of trotline out of the Rio Grande River.
--While working the Gulf of Mexico game wardens caught two Gulf shrimp boats working off of Sabine Pass in violation of the Gulf closure. Approximately 550 pounds of shrimp were seized. Cases are pending.
--Recently, a Panola County game warden received a call for assistance from Panola County Sheriff's Office to help apprehend an escaped fugitive who had fled into the woods near the Sabine River. The fugitive had stabbed an officer in his escape. The warden patrolled the Sabine River by boat for the subject. After evading officers and bloodhounds, the subject was spotted by the warden and the two Marshall police officers from the drug task force who were riding with the warden. The subject was lying beside a boat tied up to the river bank. The naked subject dove into the Sabine River trying to evade the officers in the boat. After several tense minutes struggling with the resisting subject in the water he was pepper sprayed and placed under arrest. Charges are pending.
--Tarrant County game wardens apprehended two subjects grabbling catfish on the Clear Fork of the Trinity River. The subjects stated they got the idea from a television broadcast that aired on PBS. Both subjects stated they knew it was illegal in Texas and admitted to grabbling the river in recent weeks with great success. The justice of the peace handed down a $500 fine to both subjects. Restitution is pending on two fish, the largest being a 43-pound flathead catfish. A total of 120 pounds of catfish have been seized for illegal means and methods in less than a week off of the Clear Fork of the Trinity.
--One recent early morning, Galveston and Fort Bend county game wardens working off of the 65-foot patrol boat caught two Gulf shrimp boats taking shrimp within five miles of the beach. A total of 768 pounds of shrimp was confiscated and sold for $2,304. Cases are pending.
--Game wardens teamed up to patrol San Antonio Bay one recent evening. Their goal was to locate Seadrift fishermen who were suspected of netting activity. The wardens pulled their patrol vessel several miles down the shoreline of Matagorda Island to avoid being detected by fishermen. At approximately 4 a.m. the next morning, they located the suspects' vessel and observed it leaving the island shoreline to head across the bay. Suspects were surprised to be boarded by the wardens enroute to Seadrift. Eight criminal cases have been filed and approximately 3,000 feet of monofilament gill net was confiscated. Additional charges may be filed pending the outcome of lab tests in San Marcos on the filets confiscated from the suspects' vessel.
--Zapata County game wardens captured two Mexican National commercial fishermen retrieving illegal gill net out of North Falcon Lake. In the darkness, the wardens crept their patrol boat towards the fishermen working their net. The wardens closed to inside 20 feet of the illegal commercial vessel and stunned the commercials with a spotlight blast, then quickly apprehended them. The two illegal commercials were arrested; their boat and motor seized, and confiscated gill net totaling 2,500 feet was destroyed.
Flooding Accidents
--Game Wardens Chris Amthor, Pecos County, and Fernando Cervantes, Terrell County, and retired Game Warden Don Jackson assisted the Terrell County Sheriff's Office in locating motorists on Highways 349 and 2400 who were stranded in high water. Sudden rain storms in the area caused flooding on these highways leaving motorists stranded between low water crossings. In one case, water caused extensive damage to a bridge, causing it to be closed until repairs can be made. In addition, the wardens received a report of a travel trailer and truck being washed away by flooding on the Pecos River.
--On July 29, a big rain averaging 12 inches hit southern Dallas and northern Ellis County causing major flooding. Game Wardens Norman Terry, Teri Potts and Jason Francis from Dallas County, Steve Stapleton from Van Zandt County and Jeff Powell from Ellis County responded to the Lancaster area. They were redeployed to the community of Rocket in Ellis County to rescue a victim who drove through high water causing her vehicle to be washed off the road. The truck was washed 175 yards in the Red Oak Creek flood water until it hit some trees. The female driver was in knee-deep water on top of her pickup truck. A warden and an Ellis County Emergency Management officer made an attempt to rescue the female. Their boat became swamped, and they were able to tie off to trees. Warden Powell and an EMT officer were able to rescue the victim and then assist Warden Terry who was able to get the boat back running when empty of water.
--A warden responded to the Ovilla, Ellis County area where a bridge on an FM highway washed three vehicles into Red Oak Creek. Two drivers were missing. One body was located that day, and the second person was located on Friday, 3-4 miles from the bridge.
Shoeless Illegal Joes
--A Tarrant County game warden made contact with several men netting and grabbling fish on the Clear Fork of the Trinity River. The men swam across the river and got away. Unfortunately, they left their shoes on the bank. Hours later the men were detained, each wearing only one shoe and hobbling through a briar patch. The men had nearly 70 pounds of catfish, with the largest being 40 pounds. The men all admitted to grabbling catfish. Cases are pending.
"Are You Speaking Bourbon?"
--A Franklin County game warden and a Hopkins County game warden arrested a subject on Lake Cypress Springs for BWI. The subject's speech was so slurred the wardens first thought he was speaking a different language but then observed his several attempts to stand up. The subject was taken into custody and charged with BWI.
"I'll Flash You!"
--Recently, a Franklin County game warden and a Delta County game warden arrested a subject for Felony BWI on Lake Cypress Springs. The subject became belligerent and threatened to take a warden's flashlight from him and cause bodily injury to the warden with it. While enroute to jail, the subject threatened the two wardens several more times, so as well as being charged with Felony BWI, the subject was also charged with terroristic threatening.
Happy Gator Ending
--Recently, a Limestone County game warden responded to a call in Leon County about a nuisance alligator. The alligator was traveling back and forth between two landowners' ponds. One landowner reported the alligator had killed two calves. Assisted by the local landowner, the warden located the 8.5-foot alligator cruising around his pond. The alligator had just traveled from one pond to the other because of kids playing on the dam. The alligator was relocated to another area.
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[ General Media Contact: Business Hours, 512-389-4406 ] [KE]
Aug. 9, 2004
Stay Tuned
Information from Texas Parks and Wildlife is available on radio and television, as well as the newsstand.
Radio
Passport to Texas, TPWD's radio series of weekday, 90-second stories is broadcast on more than 100 Texas stations. Airing the week of Aug. 9-13, farmers are gaining the upper hand on crop pests, thanks to an untraditional crop duster.
For more information, visit the Web (http://www.passporttotexas.org/).
Video News
TPWD provides video news reports that run in newscasts on numerous Texas stations, as well as on cable and satellite outlets around the nation.
Television
"Texas Parks & Wildlife" is a weekly half-hour television series seen on PBS affiliates around the state. The episode that airs the week of Aug. 8-15, A day in the life of a West Texas biologist; Guadalupe River State Park; rummaging raccoons; conserving water with Xeriscaping; and above the clouds at Big Bend.
For more information about this week's programs and where they can be viewed, visit the Web (http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/tv).
Magazine
Texas Parks & Wildlife magazine is always available on newsstands throughout the state and by subscription for $19.95 a year. To subscribe, call (800) 937-9393 or order online (http://www.tpwmagazine.com/).
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