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[ Media Contact: Steve Lightfoot, 512-389-4701, steve.lightfoot@tpwd.texas.gov ] [SL]
May 29, 2009
TPWD Increases License, Boat Registration Fees
AUSTIN, Texas -- The Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission has approved increases to hunting and fishing licenses, as well as boat titling and registration fees. Most fees will increase by five percent and the increases take effect with the 2009-2010 license year, starting this fall for recreational hunting and fishing licenses.
Hunting licenses will increase from $23 to $25, while the popular Super Combo all-inclusive license increases from $64 to $68.
Non-resident hunting licenses increase by $15 from $300 to $315, which also reflects a five percent hike.
Fishing packages will also increase by $2. The resident freshwater fishing package increases from $28 to $30 and the saltwater fishing package increases from $33 to $35.
The biggest increase in license fees approved by the commission affects lifetime licenses. The resident lifetime fishing and hunting licenses will increase to $1,000 and the lifetime combination license increases to $1,800.
"We have not increased the cost of a lifetime license for 12 years," said Gene McCarty, TPWD deputy director of administration. "Frankly, these licenses have been undervalued and could represent significant lost revenue over time if not adjusted."
Boat owners in Texas will also see increases in boat registration and titling fees. Boat registration, which are valid for two years, for vessels less than 16 feet in length increase from $30 to $32 and those in the 16-26 foot range go from $50 to $53. Boats 26-40 feet increase from $70 to $110 and boats greater than 40 feet increase from $90 to $150.
Other miscellaneous increases are primarily in the category of commercial licenses, including commercial shrimp boat captain's license ($20 increase), resident commercial oyster boat ($21 increase), wholesale fish dealers truck ($28 increase), resident commercial crab fishermen's license ($30 increase), non-resident commercial oyster boat ($84 increase) and non-resident commercial crab fisherman's license ($120 increase).
The department received less than 400 comments related to the fee increases during the public comment period, the majority of which came from the TPWD online survey and by email, with only 16 comments resulting from a series of 19 public meetings scheduled around the state. Overall, comments ran more than 2-to-1 against the increases, citing bad economic times as the primary reason.
"Initially we considered a 10-15 percent increase but in this economy we know that is unrealistic and counterproductive," said McCarty. "But, it's important to mention that this will just keep us even."
McCarty noted the fees for none of the special endorsement stamps were increased.
In addition to the fee increases, the commission approved a new administrative fee of $100 for reinstatement of any recreational or commercial license that has been revoked or suspended.
The commission also authorized staff to implement a drawing for a package that includes a lifetime hunting and fishing license and one-year subscription to Texas Parks & Wildlife magazine. Entry fee for the drawing will be $5 and will go on sale Aug. 15 wherever licenses are sold.
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[ General Media Contact: Business Hours, 512-389-4406 ]
[ Additional Contacts: James Booker, (903) 670-2266 ]
May 29, 2009
National Fishing Day June 6 At Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center
ATHENS, Texas -- The Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center in Athens will kick off National Fishing and Boating Week by making a family fishing trip affordable with free admission for kids 12 and under plus free fishing for the whole family and free hot dogs and drinks from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Saturday, June 6.
In addition to fishing, visitors can walk the wetlands trail; see a diver hand feed fish; learn about the history of fishing in the freshwater fishing museum; shop for a Father's Day gift in the Flat Creek Bait 'n Goods Gift Shop and watch the alligator feeding at 3:30 p.m.
The TFFC Fishing Festival is sponsored by Athens Wal-Mart Supercenter, Ernie Yarborough and Dr. Mark Roberts, DDS.
National Fishing and Boating Week comes at the start of the summer vacation season and is designed to encourage families to spend time together on and around water. No fishing license is required anywhere in the state on the first Saturday in June, which is designated Free Sportfishing Day.
The Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center is an aquatic nature center and hatchery complex operated by Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. It is located 75 miles southeast of Dallas and four miles east of Athens on F.M. 2495. Dive shows take place at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturdays, 11 a.m. Tuesday through Friday, and 2 p.m. Sundays. Hours are 9 to 4 Tuesday through Saturday and 1 to 4 Sunday. Usual admission is adults, $5.50; seniors, $4.50; children 4-12, $3.50. For information go to http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/spdest/visitorcenters/tffc/ or call (903) 676-2277.
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May 29, 2009
Texas State Parks To Celebrate National Get Outdoors Day
AUSTIN, Texas -- Any time is a good time to head outside to hike, camp, backpack, picnic and enjoy other recreational pursuits, but Saturday, June 13, has been designated National Get Outdoors Day to encourage healthy, active outdoor fun.
As a part of the second annual GO Day, more than two dozen Texas state parks are joining federal agencies, nonprofit organizations and recreation industry leaders throughout the nation in hosting a variety of outdoor recreational activities and special events to mark the day.
On the outskirts of San Antonio, for example, Government Canyon State Natural Area is inviting the public to join volunteers for an 8 a.m. guided hike on one of the many canyonland trails. In addition, reservations are being accepted to attend a presentation by an expert in First Aid and CPR on how to hike safely in hot weather with your four-legged companion. "Hot Dogs-Tips on Summer Hiking With Your Pet" will be held from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Call (210) 688-9055, ext. 291 to reserve your spot.
Fishing takes center stage at Caddo Lake State Park in northeast Texas with an "Intro to Fishing" and the "4th Annual Kids Fishing Derby." Youngsters ages 3 to 15 will learn basic fishing skills and compete in various age divisions for awards for the most fish caught, and overall largest and smallest fish netted. For more information, call (903) 679-3351.
The entire family can get involved in National Get Outdoors Day at Blanco State Park in the Hill Country. Activities kick off at 9 a.m. and will include fishing with a ranger, trail hikes, paddling classes and assorted games. Contact the park at (830) 833-4333 for details.In far west Texas, visitors can celebrate National GO Day at Franklin Mountains State Park in El Paso by joining park rangers on a guided evening hike to Aztec Caves from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Reservations must be made one day prior to the event by calling (915) 566-6441.
Other Texas Parks and Wildlife Department sites hosting events on June 13 to encourage Texans to get outdoors are: Barrington Living History Farm (Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historic Site), Bastrop State Park, Bonham State Park, Brazos Bend State Park, Caprock Canyons State Park, Daingerfield State Park, Dinosaur Valley State Park, Fanthorp Inn State Historic Site, Fort Richardson State Park & Historic Site, Goose Island State Park, Guadalupe River State Park, Huntsville State Park, Lake Arrowhead State Park, Lake Somerville State Park, Lake Texana State Park, Martin Dies Jr. State Park, McKinney Falls State Park, Palo Duro Canyon State Park, Purtis Creek State Park, Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center and Tyler State Park.
For more information about National GO Day happenings in Texas state parks, visit the Texas Parks and Wildlife Web site.
The USDA Forest Service and American Recreation Coalition launched National Get Outdoors Day on June 14, 2008 in an effort to connect Americans, especially children, with nature and active lifestyles. Last year, more than 50 official GO Day sites across the nation, from Anacostia Park in Washington, D. C. to San Bernadino National Forest, hosted events. The program goal is to create a healthy, fun day of outdoor adventure aimed at reaching first-time visitors to public lands and to reconnect children with nature.
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On the Net:
http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/newsmedia/calendar/
http://www.nationalgetoutdoorsday.org/
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