Archive for the 'Hunting' Category

Hunt Harvest APP

Wednesday, July 29th, 2015
Download the Hunt Harvest APP

Download the Hunt Harvest APP

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The My Hunt Harvest APP, which allows hunters to report their harvests, debuted in time for spring turkey season. Hunters who bag Eastern Wild turkeys must report their harvest at physical check stations, which can be miles from their lease.

16—And we did great this year. We had a lot of reports through that app. And next year it’s actually going to be the only alternative. You can use the app on your phone, or you can actually go on Parks and Wildlife’s website; go to our turkey page and report your harvest that way.

Jason Hardin is upland game bird specialist with Parks and Wildlife and turkey program leader for Texas. One goal for the app was higher reporting compliance.

12— We’re always concerned that if we have a check station in the county, and it’s halfway across the county—or all the way across—are our hunters taking the time to go across the county to report that bird. So, with the app, the check station is in the hunter’s hand.

Preliminary results are positive; even Rio Grande hunters used the app. The My Hunt Harvest App provides real time data, which benefits researchers and hunters, alike—whether hunting turkey, quail or deer.

17— It helps us understand and track how the harvest is going throughout the season. If something is going slow, we might be able to look at weather patterns, and try to explain some of that. It also just helps us with our relationship with the hunters. This day and age people want immediate information, immediate data, and we’re able to provide that more efficiently using this technology.

Download the My Hunt Harvest app free from the Apple app store and Google Play. The Wildlife restoration Program supports our series.

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

Need for Spanish Speaking Hunter Ed Instructors

Tuesday, July 28th, 2015
Youth Hunt

Preparing for Youth Hunt

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The average age of Texas hunters is mid-forties. As these hunters decrease their time in the field, some increase their time in the classroom.

05—Some become [hunter education] instructors, and really want to give back to something they’ve enjoyed all throughout their lives.

Nancy Heron is director of outreach and education at parks and wildlife. She said the program has a need for instructors with special skills.

12—Parks and Wildlife has a lot of constituents who are bilingual, and who just speak Spanish. We are looking for bilingual instructors that are able to teach the hunter education program in Spanish and English.

The Spanish speaking population in Texas is growing, and Parks and Wildlife wants to ensure this group has easy access to hunter education, and a great outdoor experience.

11—We certainly could use those instructors to help us reach those constituents that we normally wouldn’t be able to reach. And, we do want to offer them [Spanish speaking constituents] an opportunity to get out in the outdoors and enjoy it.

We have information on becoming a volunteer Hunter Education instructor at

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

Hunting License Deferral

Monday, July 27th, 2015
Hunting for white-tailed deer.

Hunting for white-tailed deer.

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People interested in hunting, born on or after September 2, 1971, must take a hunter education training course. However, Nancy Herron, says there is a way around it—at least temporarily.

09—Anyone who has not been certified by the time they turn seventeen, can go and get a deferral. They must buy a hunting license, and ask for deferral type 1-6-6 at the point of sale.

Herron is director of Outreach and Education. The deferral allows people to hunt as long as a certified licensed hunter accompanies them.

05—And if you like it, go get certified; you have by August 31st of the current license year to do that.

It costs $10 for a deferral. The deferral program started in 2005, and about 10-thousand people sign up each year.

14—It offers an opportunity for someone who has not hunted before to give it a try and it brings in lapsed hunters. If they’ve been out of hunting for awhile, and didn’t get certified, they can come in, take the deferral, and then have an opportunity to get back into the outdoors.

A deferral may only be obtained once and is only valid until the end of the current license year; after that, hunters must complete the certification course.

Find hunter education information on the Texas Parks and Wildlife website.

The Wildlife Restoration Program supports our series.

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

Hunting Cannot Control Feral Swine

Tuesday, July 14th, 2015
Feral big mama sow.

Feral big mama sow.

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Hunting is not an ideal means of control for feral swine.

09- Although they’re very good to eat, and we have very liberal means and methods to take feral hogs, it’s just not proven effective as a control measure.

Approximately 2.5 million feral hogs roam Texas; wildlife biologist, Donnie Frels, researches controls for feral hogs at the Kerr Wildlife Management Area.

11- They have been documented in just about every county in Texas, although we see higher densities in eastern Texas, along the coast, and in South Texas.

Frels is among a group of researchers studying the use of sodium nitrite in a bait matrix as a control method. The compound is toxic to swine as it reduces their blood’s ability to carry oxygen.

13- We began investigating sodium nitrite as a potential toxicant back about 2010; since that time we’ve come a long way in bait development.

We need up to 70% control of the swine annually to hold the population stable from one year to the next. Frels says the ultimate goal of his study is to develop bait that is economical and environmentally safe.

10-We would like it in a pelleted form that a landowner or land manager could utilize themselves, within a specific feeder, so that it doesn’t provide access to non-targets.

Commercial availability is still several years away.

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

TPW TV: Firearm Safety

Friday, June 26th, 2015

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Safety must remain top of mind for anyone who keeps firearms in the home, especially in homes with children.

09-It is unlawful to store, transport or abandon an unsecured loaded firearm where children can obtain unsupervised access to the firearm.

Certified hunter education instructor and former TPW TV producer, Lee Smith, reviews the basics of home firearm safety during a segment of the PBS Texas Parks and Wildlife TV series, which airs the week of June 28.

08- Firearms should not be stored alongside ammunition in an unsecured location. A locking gun cabinet or safe is a much better solution.

How one stores firearms, such as hunting rifles, may affect overall operation and safety of the gun.

10- Many people store them [rifles] with the barrels up. Over time, oils can drip down and clog your actions. It’s much better to store [rifles] with the barrels pointed down.

Clogged action can cause a misfire, which in turn can send someone to the emergency room. In addition, ammunition should be stored separately from firearms, under lock and key.

Learn about firearm care and handling in a hunter education class. And view the PBS TPW TV segment on firearm safety the week of June 28. Check your local listings.

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