Special Issue - Texas Parks & Wildlife Magazine

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This commemorative 50th anniversary issue of Texas Parks & Wildlife magazine celebrates a half-century of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and its partners making life better outside for generations of Texans.

With more than a little help from our friends, there are some great stories to tell, as well as TPWD Executive Director Carter Smith’s vision for the future.


In this Issue:

  • Protecting the state’s natural resources actually began in 1895 with the creation of the Fish and Oyster Commission. Decades later, the accomplishments of Texas Parks and Wildlife and its partners are guided by the agency’s mission and include all the aspects of the great outdoors that we love so well: wildlife preservation, state parks, hunting, fishing, game wardens and much more. 

  • The next time you catch a fish in the Gulf or a bay, say thanks! Through partnerships with fine organizations like the CCA, about 26 million red drum and spotted seatrout  fingerlings are raised and released into Texas bay systems each year. Read more about it.

  • Private landowners to the rescue! With 95 percent of Texas land in private hands, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department counts on individuals and families to share its mission in conserving land and water across the state. The future health of our lands and the wild things and wild places depends on the efforts of these Texas families.

  • Who you gonna call? High citizen involvement, partnerships with local and state law enforcement, and the successful Operation Game Thief program help 500-plus Texas Game Wardens provide off-the-pavement protection to people and natural resources across 262,017 square miles of land and more than 3 million surface acres of water in this great state.


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P.S. Celebrate with us -- Become a Texas Parks and Wildlife Ambassador. Help keep Life Better Outside in Texas by promising to do one or more actions on our online pledge form, and as a thank you we'll send you a free copy of this magazine issue and a free "Life's Better Outside" window sticker.

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