Commission Approves Public Hunting on 44 State Park Sites

Austin, Texas – Nearly half of the sites in the Texas State
Parks system will conduct public hunts during the 2009-2010 hunting
season. The Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission approved scheduled
hunts on 44 state park units at its May 28 public hearing.

Most of the state parks approved for public hunting will be
offered through the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s computer
drawings for a variety of game and hunting options, including new
youth opportunities. Selected hunting opportunities on state parks
comprise 1,676 hunt positions, including 253 for youth, out of
nearly 5,000 total positions available in this year’s special
drawings for hunts on public lands in Texas.

Three new park units are included in this year’s offerings: Palo
Duro Canyon State Park, Lake Texana State Park and Stephen F.
Austin State Park. Three other units are returning to the hunt
schedule, including: Pedernales Falls State Park, Pedernales Falls
SP Annex and Mother Neff State Park. A complete summary of approved
state park hunts, including hunt type and date, is available on the
TPWD Web site.

Other state parks where public hunts will take place are:
Atlanta; Big Bend Ranch; Brazos Bend; Caprock Canyons; Choke Canyon
— North Shore Unit; Colorado Bend; Cooper Lake — South Sulphur
Unit; Copper Breaks; Davis Mountains; Devil’s River; Devil’s
Sinkhole; Enchanted Rock; Fairfield Lake; Fort Boggy; Garner;
Guadalupe River; Guadalupe River Bauer Unit; Hill Country; Honey
Creek; Huntsville; Inks Lake/Longhorn Caverns; Kickapoo Caverns;
Lake Bob Sandlin; Lake Brownwood; Lake Mineral Wells; Lake
Somerville Birch Creek and Nails Creek; Lake Whitney; Lost Maples;
Martin Dies Jr., Possum Kingdom; Purtis Creek; Resaca de la Palma;
San Angelo; Sea Rim; Seminole Canyon; South Llano and Tony
Houseman.

To minimize conflicts between park user groups, public hunts are
offered during off-peak visitation periods, typically on weekdays
in the winter months. A number of youth hunts are scheduled during
school holidays. During these events, signs are posted at parks
alerting visitors that a hunt is in progress. The public is urged
to contact the park or check the hunting calendar posted online
before heading out during hunting season.

Applications for special drawing hunts to be conducted on state
parks, wildlife management areas and other TPWD-managed properties
during the 2009-2010 season will be available in early July from
TPWD headquarters and field offices, and posted on the TPWD Web
site. Each hunt’s application fee ranges from $3 to $10 for adults
and is free to youth, who must be accompanied by an adult
hunter.

Deadlines to apply for TPWD public hunts are as follows:

Alligator, Youth Only Alligator — August 5, 2009

Prong-horned Antelope — August 12, 2009

Archery Deer, Archery Mule Deer, and Archery Exotic — August 12,
2009

Private Lands Management Either Sex, Private Lands
Antlerless/Spike- August 12, 2009

Gun Deer (Either-Sex, Antlerless/Spike, Youth Only Either Sex,
Youth Only Antlerless/Spike, Management Buck, and Youth Only
Management), and Mule Deer — September 3, 2009

Javelina, Youth Only Javelina and Guided Deer Hunt Packages —
October 6, 2009

Guided Gemsbok Hunt Packages and Exotic Only — October 6,
2009

Guided Bighorn Sheep Hunt — November 4, 2009

Feral Hog, Youth Only Exotic and Youth Only Feral Hog — November
4, 2009

Youth Only Spring Turkey, Spring Turkey, and Guided
Scimitar-Horned Oryx Hunt Package- November 4, 2009

Many parks will also provide hunting opportunities as part of
the department’s Annual Public Hunting Permit program, which offers
purchasers of the $48 permit hunting access to more than one
million acres throughout the state.

Among the hunting opportunities available to permit holders are
leased small game-hunting units, primarily for dove. Many of these
hunting sites are leased from private landowners within close
proximity to major urban areas. The permit also provides access to
hunting for other species, including deer, feral hogs, waterfowl
and small game.

The $48 Annual Public Hunting Permit is available for the
2009-2010 seasons on Aug. 15. Permits can be purchased wherever
hunting and fishing licenses are sold. Map booklets detailing
public hunting units can be viewed on the department’s Web site
beginning August 15. Drawn hunt information can also be found on
the department’s Web site. Drawn Hunt booklets and web information
will be available late June. For public hunting information or to
request a free Drawn Hunt booklet, please call Wildlife Information
at 800/792-1112, option 5 Monday-Friday, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.

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