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Hunt and Fish Free For Life

Wednesday, October 29th, 2014

Bass Angling at Choke Canyon

Bass Angling at Choke Canyon

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Hunting and fishing are deeply rooted traditions for Gabe Kulhanek of El Campo.

04—It’s just as stress relief to go hunting and fishing and get away from everything.

The outdoors has been a lifelong pursuit for him, and something he shared early on with his son.

11—He started hunting when he was probably four and a half years old. He shot his first deer at five years old with his own rifle. I never shot anything for him. He’s always killed his own deer whenever he hunted.

This past June Texas Parks and Wildlife drew Gabe’s name as the winner of a Lifetime Super Combo License, giving him the right to hunt and fish in Texas without ever having to buy another state license or state stamps. Instead of keeping, it, he transferred it to his son – now 17 – as his legacy.

05—It would benefit him more than anything, and it’s something he can have and cherish the rest of his life.

Entries for the Lifetime License Drawing are five dollars each and available online or at retailers. Enter as many times as you like; fees go toward conservation in Texas. The next drawing is December 30, 2014.

04—It’s a good opportunity. I never dreamed I would win it – it was the first time I entered.

Is luck on your side? Find more information on the Lifetime License Drawing on the Texas Parks and Wildlife website.

For Texas Parks and Wildlife…I’m Cecilia Nasti.

Hunting/Fishing: Lifetime License Winner

Tuesday, October 28th, 2014

Lifetime License

Enter to win a Lifetime License

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Tim Brockway is an avid fisherman.

02—I fish about four days a week.

This competitive bass angler from Kaufman says he’d always buy an annual super combo license for hunting and fishing.

02—Because I think the money goes to a good cause.

The cause: conservation and habitat management in Texas. In 2010, Tim – a retired firefighter – spent five dollars online to enter Texas Parks and Wildlife’s twice-a-year Lifetime License drawing…and won.

25—I told the guys up at the fire station: Hey, I bought a five dollar chance to win a lifetime license. And I get a call a few months later – and I would have bet anything one of the guys got their wives to call and mess with me – and I actually didn’t believe them. I got off the phone and I called our local game warden that I know real well. He said: ‘Give me the phone number they called you from and the person’s name and I’ll check on it.’ Whenever I gave him the phone number and name, he said: ‘Congratulations; I know the person and I know the number.’

The win allows Tim to hunt and fish in Texas without buying another state license. Fees from every five dollar entry go toward conservation in Texas, which improves hunting, fishing and the outdoors for all.

09—I know your entries went up by about 30 right after I won mine from people at the fire station. I said: Come on guys; it’s five bucks. You spend that much on a hamburger. It’s well worth the chance.

The next drawing is December 30, 2014. Entries are online or at license retailers.

For Texas Parks and Wildlife…I’m Cecilia Nasti.

Nature/Food: Living off the Land

Monday, October 27th, 2014

Hank Shaw and Holly Heyser at McKinney Falls State Park

Hank Shaw and Holly Heyser at McKinney Falls State Park

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Hank Shaw knows where his food comes from because he forages, hunts and fishes for the majority of it—skills he learned from his mother growing up on the east coast.

13— It’s always been part of our lives. Digging clams in the Atlantic, picking berries, and all that kind of stuff. It’s an awareness that there’s food all around us. I’ve always had it. And that’s really helped spur a lifelong passion.

The Sacramento, California resident records his passion for wild food on his popular blog Hunter, Angler, Gardener, Cook. He says the deepest level of food satisfaction one can achieve is only possible when it’s wild sourced.

18— Think about it: on a very basic level, anybody who’s ever fished, you catch a fish and then you eat it in a frying pan on a camping trip. It tastes so much better than one that you buy at a store. And it is that satisfaction of having worked for your food. It’s difficult to explain if you’ve never done it, but once you do it, it become addicting and you never want to stop.

Hank Shaw cooks and eats everything he forages, hunts and fishes, and shares the experience and what he’s learned on his blog.

09—I want to do justice to the things that I bring home. And I want to help people who are also hunting and fishing and foraging to cook their food better—give them new ideas.

Sign up for the Texas Parks and Wildlife Hunt Texas e-newsletter on the website, and learn about hunting for and preparing wild game.

That’s our show for today. .. Funding provided in part by Ram Trucks. Guts. Glory. Ram.

For Texas Parks and Wildlife I’m Cecilia Nasti.

Hunting: Big Time Texas Hunts Deadline Nears

Monday, September 22nd, 2014

Big Time Texas Hunt at Black Gap WMA

Big Time Texas Hunt at Black Gap WMA

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Big Time Texas Hunts offers entrants a chance to win any of eight premium hunt packages on some of the finest private ranches and prime wildlife management areas in the state.

09 —We bill it as once in a lifetime type of hunts. [We have] Really great hunting packages for deer, and birds, and waterfowl, alligator…

Linda Campbell is program director for Private Lands and Public Hunting at Parks and Wildlife.

13 — These are fully guided hunts, and so everything is provided: lodging and food; all the guiding is also provided. You just have to get yourself to the location. But other than that – everything is taken care of, including the taxes on the hunt, itself.

Each hunt package is a different drawing; enter as many of the drawings as many times as you like. Entries cost $9 online or $10 by phone, mail or at retail locations where you buy licenses. Deadline to enter is October 15.

Some Big Time Texas Hunt packages permit winners to bring along a friend.

16— The Whitetail Bonanza, for example. The Exotic Safari – you can bring hunting companions with you. The Grand Slam, which is the hunt for the premier big game animals in Texas – pronghorn, big horn sheep, mule deer and whitetail – you can bring a non-hunting companion on that one.

All proceeds from Big Time Texas Hunts benefit wildlife conservation, research and public hunting in Texas.

We record our series at The Block House in Austin, Texas and Joel Block engineers our program.

For Texas Parks and Wildlife…I’m Cecilia Nasti.

Hunting: Tips for Hunting Teal

Wednesday, September 10th, 2014

Green Winged Tealcinnamon-tealBlue-Winged-Teal

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Good environmental conditions in teal’s northern nesting areas mean more birds and a 16-day early season in Texas.

16—Blue-wings are the most abundant, and are very common to Texas early and late in the year. Green-wing teal are kind of our winter residents. And Cinnamon Teal, for the most part, are more of a western bird. They’re not real common in Texas, but we do encounter them from time-to-time.

Kevin Kraai (CRY), waterfowl program leader for Texas Parks and Wildlife, says teal do not behave quite like other duck species.

24—One thing I like to tell hunters is these birds are actively migrating this time of year; it’s very dynamic from one day to the next. So, just wake up and go. You never know if today is the day that the migration is going to be strong. You can go out one day and there will be nothing, and go out the next and be covered up in them. So, I just say wake up and go. Find good shallow habitat, shallow water that has abundant food. And there’s a really good chance there’ll be teal there that day.

The season opens Saturday, September 13 and closes Sunday, September 28, with a six bird daily bag limit.

19—We haven’t looked this good in a long time. Right now we have abundant freshwater, from the Texas High Plains in the panhandle, all
the way down to the Texas coast.

Opportunity awaits. Find more hunting information on the Texas Parks and Wildlife website.

The Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program supports our series.

For Texas Parks and Wildlife, I’m Cecilia Nasti.