Bias against Texas deer breeders?

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Aug 282015
 

Written by Craig Nyhus, Lone Star Outdoor News. Photos by Ti Walker and Chris Walker.

The mood was upbeat and positive at this month’s annual Texas Deer Association Convention in San Antonio.

Most members had resolved themselves to comply with Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and Texas Animal Health Commission officials with respect to testing their deer herd for Chronic Wasting Disease.

The mood quickly changed as members began to see social media posts from two TPWD employees condemning their business. Some breeders suspected a bias against breeders at the department, and cited the social media postings as proof the agency wants to shut down the breeding industry.

CWD is in Texas,” wrote TPWD Caddo Lake biologist Vanessa Adams Neace on a breeder John Scott Hueske’s Facebook page. “It threatens the health of all free-roaming deer in the state and beyond. I have no sympathy for those that raise deer like cattle and make a ton of money off of them. Don’t be fooled, these deer are just a business venture. They are just money out of (his) pocket.”

TPWD spokesman Steve Lightfoot said he had been made aware of the comments and they went against the agency’s social media policy.

“We are aware of it and the employee is being counseled,” Lightfoot said.

A website with a petition to ban all movement of breeder deer was removed last week after TPWD was notified one of its employees, Richard Heilburn, the Conservation Outreach Program leader in San Antonio, was the site administrator.

When contacted by LSON, Heilbrun said he was not the author of the petition. When asked if he was the site administrator, Heilbrun said the site had been taken down. When pressed if he had been the site administrator before it was removed, Heilburn said, “I can’t comment on anything to do with CWD. Any questions must go through the communications department.”

Already having a rough August dealing with state-mandated killings of deer after Chronic Wasting Disease was found in a Medina County facility, some breeders turned to social media to post images that were tough to look at and forwarded images to Governor Greg Abbott and Department of Agriculture Chairman Sid Miller.

Piles of dead white-tailed deer with their heads chopped off were shown.

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No live testing has been approved by Texas Parks and Wildlife Department or the Texas Animal Health Commission, so breeders were forced to kill the deer so their heads could be sent to a lab for testing.

Many of the deer tested had no connection to the infected facility, which made it tougher to comprehend for their owners. So far, no other deer have tested positive other than four in the same pen at the Texas Mountain Ranch in Medina County.

Emergency rules were signed August 18 by Carter Smith, executive director of TPWD, allowing for the movement of deer if facilities meet the “movement qualification” standards set by TPWD and TAHC.

“After effectively being shut down for 54 days, our industry will once again be able to conduct business,” said Patrick Tarlton, executive director of the Texas Deer Association.

The rules were supported by Texas groups, including the Texas Wildlife Association and the Texas Chapter of the Wildlife Society.

Other groups, including TDA, Deer Breeders Corporation and the Exotic Wildlife Association advocated for increased use of live testing, consisting of regular testing of both rectal and tonsil tissue samples. Texas Animal Health Commission officials said the live testing, although determined to be effective at the time the tests are taken, have yet to be approved by the United States Department of Agriculture.

Even though breeders knew of the possible requirement to kill deer, it didn’t make it any easier.

“That facility shipped or received more than 900 deer in the past five years, more than any other facility,” said TDA Treasurer Mike Wood. “I had deer from that facility. I followed the plan — killed the deer. (TPWD) came back to me and told me I was shut down for five years. I’m not going to take this lying down. I’m fighting for other people in the industry. They may only have 20 or 30 deer and they get a letter telling them they need to kill their deer.

“Every breeder has to kill 4 1/2 percent of their herd. By my math, that is 2,619 deer that have nothing to do with the index herd that have to be killed.”

Others remained unsympathetic to the breeders’ concerns. Greg Simons, the past president of Texas Wildlife Association, posted the following on the controversial Facebook page Texans for Saving our Hunting Heritage:

I find it insulting and offensive to see all the photos of decapitated deer and orphaned fawns being posted this week on FB by people who are having to comply with CWD testing,” he wrote as part of a lengthy post.

Breeders have responded by starting a petition of their own at change.org titled “Support Live Testing for Chronic Wasting Disease,” created by hunter and television show host Alan Warren.

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Dallas Safari Club supports use of live testing for Chronic Wasting Disease

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Aug 272015
 

Written by Dallas Safari Club. Photo by Lone Star Outdoor News

The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department-mandated killing and post-mortem study of deer potentially exposed to Chronic Wasting Disease illustrates an urgent need for the use of live testing for white-tailed deer, elk and other cervids.

Currently, post-mortem testing of brain tissue is the only form of CWD testing approved by the USDA even though an effective, non-lethal alternative test exists.

A results of a study of rectal mucosa testing for CWD in white-tailed deer published by the USDA’s National Veterinary Research Laboratories in Ames, Iowa, shows extremely high diagnostic accuracy, one which could eliminate the need to destroy herds simply suspected to have been exposed to the disease.

“The overall diagnostic specificity was 99.8 percent. Selective use of ante-mortem rectal biopsy sample testing would provide valuable information during disease investigations of CWD-suspect deer herds,” states the report “Diagnostic Accuracy of Rectal Mucosa Biopsy Testing for Chronic Wasting Disease within White-tailed Deer (Odocoileus virginianus) Herds in North America: Effects of Age, Sex, Polymorphism at PRNP Codon 96, and Disease Progression.”

White-tailed deer in breeding facilities across Texas have been killed following the confirmation of CWD in a Medina Co. breeding facility earlier this summer. Those deer having had contact with deer from the Medina Co. herd were killed and the heads of the deer sent to laboratories for post-mortem testing along with other deer that did not come into direct contact with the facility. Forty-two deer at the Medina Co. facility were also killed and sent for testing.

“Private hunting operations and land-leasing programs, including those utilizing deer from licensed and scientifically managed breeding herds, contribute vast resources to habitat restoration and development in Texas. These resources benefit game and non-game species alike,” said DSC Executive Director Ben Carter. “We support the rights of Texas landowners to continue to manage their properties in such a way that continues to enhance habitat quality and boost the populations of game and non-game species. We encourage landowners to continue to be fine stewards of their land and to continue working alongside the TPWD and the Texas Animal Health Commission to ensure all measures are taken to prevent this from happening again.

“Our sympathy goes out to the owners of the breeding facilities whose deer were destroyed. The euthanizing of these animals was unpleasant and DSC supports testing as a means to protect the state’s deer population. At the same time, we hope the destruction and post-mortem testing of these animals will hasten the adoption of a live test for CWD.”

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Texas hunting seasons opening soon — Dove, teal, alligator

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Aug 272015
 

Written by TPWD. Photo by LSON

Dust off your hunting cap, it’s almost time for three of the most popular hunting seasons to open:

  • Dove – September 1 in the North and Central Zones. September 18 in the South Zone.
  • Fall alligator – September 10
  • Early teal – September 12

Dove Season

This year, dove hunters will have more opportunity earlier in the season. The North and Central zones will have five more days than last year, and the South Zone will have two additional days. The 2015-2016 Texas dove season is 70 days, with a 15-bird daily bag limit and 45-bird possession limit statewide.

“Age-ratios (juveniles versus adults) from last season indicated very strong production in mourning doves across Texas last year; we expect similar or slightly increased production this year with the improved habitat conditions across nearly all of Texas,” said Shaun Oldenburger, TPWD’s dove program leader. “However, improved habitat conditions equal more food and water on the landscape, which means hunters may need to spend more time patterning mourning doves prior to opening day in their area.”

Read the full dove forecast in Texas Hunting 2015, a digital extra from Texas Parks & Wildlife magazine. Or, watch this video forecast.

Need a place to hunt? For just $48, an Annual Public Hunting (APH) Permitprovides year-round hunting on nearly one million acres of land, including wildlife management areas, state parks and approximately 120 dove and small game areas leased from private landowners. Youth under age 17 may access these areas for free with a permitted adult.

Please check the doves you shoot for leg bands and report them to 1-800-327-BAND (2263) or www.reportband.gov. The bands are very small and easy to overlook. Reporting helps provide information for better wildlife management.

Early Teal Season

Duck hunters can anticipate improved conditions for the September early teal season as abundant rains have filled lakes and marshes for the first time in several years. With record numbers of teal expected to make their way into Texas during the upcoming months, prospects should be good. See the waterfowl forecast for more information.

A 16-day statewide early teal will run Saturday, Sept. 12 through Sunday, Sept. 27. The daily bag on teal remains six, with a possession limit of 18.

“Blue-winged teal numbers (8.5 million) are way above the minimum of 4.7 million needed for a 16-day season,” said Kevin Kraai, TPWD waterfowl program leader. “Conditions for teal across the state are excellent and hunters are urged to have their fingers crossed for a timely migration in the middle of September.”

Fall Alligator Season

In 22 “core” counties and on properties in other counties for which Texas Parks and Wildlife Department has issued CITES tags to the landowner, the open season for alligators is September 10-30. No person may hunt an alligator without possessing a valid CITES tag on their person.  For information about tag issuance and requirements, contact the J.D. Murphree Wildlife Management office at (409) 736-2551.

Regulations including lawful hunting hours and means and methods can be found online, at all TPWD Regional Law Enforcement offices or by calling (800) 792-1112.

What every hunter needs to have on their person when hunting:

  • A valid hunting license
  • Hunter’s born on or after Sept. 2, 1971 (including out-of-state hunters) must carry proof of Hunter Education certification or deferral. If you can’t find your Hunter Education certification card, you can print a duplicate from the TPWD website.
  • To hunt dove or teal, hunters are also required to have a Texas Migratory Game Bird Stamp endorsement ($7) and a free Harvest Information Program (HIP) certification.
  • Duck hunters also need a Federal Duck Stamp ($25).

 

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Texas hunting icon Dr. James Henry “Red” Duke dies at age 86

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Aug 262015
 

Written by LSON. Photo by Dallas Safari Club.

Texas lost one of its greatest hunting and conservation icons Monday when Dr. James Henry “Red” Duke died at age 86.

Duke, the 2015 Peter Hathaway Capstick Award winner and veteren of many hunts, lived a colorful and eventful life as an Eagle Scout, television personality, world-renowned surgeon and big game hunter.

All those who knew him can recall a story or two featuring Duke’s quick wit and larger-than-life personality.

Read a statemtent about his life’s accomplishments here.

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Plano Synergy Holdings acquires Hartcraft, LTD

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Aug 262015
 

Written by Plano Synergy

Plano Synergy Holdings, a leading manufacturer of premium hunting, fishing and outdoor related products, has announced its acquisition of Hartcraft, Ltd.

Hartcraft, Ltd. designs and manufactures fixed-blade hunting broadheads. Each Hartcraft broadhead is built with the company’s patented Scooptail X-Change ferrule that results in unsurpassed accuracy and penetration.

Three engineered scoops near the tail of every Hartcraft broadhead ferrule channels wind to stabilize the broadhead in flight. The angle of the scoops is critical in making them the most accurate fixed-blade broadhead ever made.

The addition of Hartcraft complements Plano Synergy’s recent acquisition of No Limit Archery, makers of the award-winning Grave Digger mechanical broadheads. With bowhunters firmly locked into fixed-blade, hybrid or mechanical broadhead types, Plano Synergy will now be able to offer every archer the best broadhead in each respective category.

Tom Hurt, President and CEO at Plano Synergy, said, “We set a goal to become the industry’s premier archery brand, and the acquisition of Hartcraft is another important step toward that goal. The engineering, quality and effectiveness of Hartcraft’s Scooptail broadheads, combined with Plano Synergy’s recent acquisition of No Limit Archery, means we’ll be able to offer hunters a full complement of the best broadheads available in the market.”

Hartcraft manufactures five Scooptail versions, all of which are built on the 100-percent stainless steel patented X-Change ferrule. This amazing ferrule accepts all five variations of the company’s famous blades, allowing hunters to reuse undamaged ferrules and purchase replacement blades as needed. They also can change configurations for different preferences or game species. If the double-sided blades get dull, they can be quickly turned over for twice the life of competing products.

Other features include a devastating cut-on-contact tip and super-tough blades rated between 52 and 56 on the Rockwell Hardness Scale. Harder blades keep a sharp edge longer and deform less when contacting hard objects like cartilage and bone.

Plano Synergy plans to align the Hartcraft product line under the growing BloodSport brand in an effort to expand the offering to core hunting consumers and will relocate Hartcraft’s administrative and distribution functions to the Clearwater, Florida manufacturing and distribution operation. This reorganization will align with the long term strategic direction of the BloodSport brand.

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Wood County game warden honored

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Aug 252015
 

Written by TPWD

Wood County Game Warden Kurt Kelley was recognized as the Association of Midwest Fish and Game Law Enforcement Officers’ Texas Officer of the Year at Thursday’s Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission meeting. Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Executive Director Carter Smith presented the award for Kelley’s outstanding work as a law enforcement officer.

The Midwest association, which encourages close cooperation between natural resource law enforcement agencies in the United States and Canada to further professionalize their law enforcement activity, recognized Kelley recently at their 71st annual meeting in Duluth, Minn.

Kelley, who started his game warden career in 1999, has maintained a minimum case load of more than 300 cases per year for the last 14 years. Additionally, he averages over 400 boat hours every year, routinely leading his district in all wildlife-fisheries cases.

One case Kelley solved was one of the largest deer poaching cases in Texas, which involved 30 illegally poached deer and four suspects. More than 500 charges were filed on the violators, and all four were convicted. Penalties totaled $41,000 in fines, 3,000 hours of community service and 12 years of prison time.

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Nikon continues to impress Texas hunters with new PROSTAFF 7 Riflescopes

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Aug 232015
 

Written by Nikon

When it comes to Texas hunting season, no other name in hunting optics inspires the confidence of Nikon Sport Optics.

And the all-new PROSTAFF 7 Riflescope series is just the latest in a long line of hard-hitting options in the Nikon riflescope line.  This new riflescope is a dream come true for Texas hunters who’ve been looking for a high quality, do-it-all scope they can pair with a rifle and use reliably year after year.

And reliability is what Texas hunters need when shooting in the wide-open plains of West Texas or 300 yards down a sendero in fading light when the buck of a lifetime steps out.

Because the PROSTAFF 7 riflescope has a 30mm main body tube, it provides a wider maximum internal adjustment range (90-140 MOA depending on model), which is useful for dialing in the elevation and windage adjustments needed for long-range shots.  The PROSTAFF 7 sports Nikon’s Spring-Loaded Instant Zero-Reset Turrets that allow the user to return the turrets to the zero mark after sighting in, so that subsequent adjustments are simpler.

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Whether the situation calls for a long-range shot or a close-range shot, the PROSTAFF 7 has you covered, thanks to a 4-time zoom ratio on all models. Each magnification is offered with either a Nikoplex or BDC reticle.  The BDC reticle utilizes a unique set of circles as aiming points for various ranges and is most effective when used with Nikon’s Spot On Ballistic Match Technology.

Hunters throughout the world have been using the Spot On program to compensate for bullet drop at extended ranges. The Spot On program provides users with exact aiming points on the BDC reticle for any load or ammunition at a specified range. It contains the ballistic information for more than 5,000 different loads and can even be used with custom handloads. With more than one million registered users, Spot On has become the number one choice for hunters and shooters throughout the world and is available as an app for iPhone®, iPad® and Android™ and is also available for free at NikonSportOptics.com/spoton.

Nikon has been manufacturing glass since 1917 and is known worldwide as the leader in high-quality optics.  The Fully-Multicoated lenses found in the PROSTAFF 7 riflescope live up to the Nikon name by delivering bright, clear images with well-balanced color. Perhaps most importantly, the lenses offer the superior light transmission needed to make a shot in the ever-important low-light situation.

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The PROSTAFF 7 riflescope line-up also has many of the key features that shooters have come to expect from Nikon, including generous eye relief, quick focus eyepiece and user-friendly 1⁄4-inch click-stop adjustments.  Side Focus parallax adjustment is also featured on the 3-12×42, 4-16×42 and 4-16×50 models and a sunshade is included with 4-16×42 and 4-16×50 models.

The PROSTAFF 7 is also waterproof, fogproof and shockproof for all-weather performance. Like all Nikon riflescopes, the PROSTAFF 7 is backed by Nikon’s Limited Lifetime Warranty.

Check out the video here.

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Battling big reds in Louisiana

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Aug 212015
 

Written by Conor Harrison, LSON

Lone Star Outdoor News’ Craig Nyhus is spending a few days in Louisiana with the team from Skeeter Boats, including JoAnne O’Bryant, and he reports the fishing for big redfish is some of the best he has ever seen.

“We are fishing with Capt. Terry Lambert with Cajun Fishing Adventures based in Buras,” Craig said. “We’ve caught 55 to 60 redfish between 30 and 40 inches. I’d say they all weighed between 15 and 20 pounds.”

Craig said the group dodged a few thunderstorms this morning, but went right back into the area after the rains cleared out and the fishing picked right back up.

“I’ve never seen anything like it,” he said. “We’ve had at least 10 doubles.”

Craig spent the lunch hours today in the pool in an attempt to loosen up sore muscles from catching so many big fish.

“My fingers aren’t working,” he said.

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Stack the deck with Evolved Harvest 7 Card Stud Seed Blend

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Aug 212015
 

Written by Source Outdoor Group

d plots not only draw and hold deer for hunting, they also provide much-needed nutrition to help them reach their potential. Unfortunately, many hunters who have access to land either give up on food plots or are too intimidated to start one because of all the unknowns.

Evolved Harvest™ has taken the guesswork out of planting food plots with 7 Card Stud™, the most adaptive food plot mix available today.

Whitetails don’t eat the same foods year-round. As the seasons change, their nutrition needs change, too. A food plot with just one type of plant will be most effective when deer are looking for the nutrition benefits of that particular plant. That means most food plots are at their best at just one time of year. The blend of forage variety in 7 Card Stud™ covers early, mid and late seasons to attract and hold deer throughout every hunting season. The triticale, oats, winter peas, clover, chicory, turnip and radishes provide a blend deer can’t resist.

To get deer started on your plot, 7 Card Stud™ combines oats and triticale, two of the best grain forage plants that produce tons of high quality deer forage. Evolved Harvest™ oats and triticale were bred to regrow quickly under heavy browsing pressure while producing high protein and highly palatable, longer-growing forage than other grain crops. Selected for their ability to adapt to a wide range of soil types, these plants establish rapidly and are a whitetail favorite.

Clovers, meanwhile, are the number one food plot plant, and Evolved Harvest™ hand selected the clover blend for 7 Card Stud™. Deer will flock to this protein-packed forage to get the nutrients they need all season long.

Then, about the time football gets going and the temperatures start to drop, deer will be drawn to the forage chicory in 7 Card Stud™. It provides up to 30 percent protein and a burst of valuable minerals. Chicory plants have a long taproot that allows them to be extremely drought resistant. It’s also a perennial that can survive for many years.

Another early fall plant in 7 Card Stud™ is winter peas, often referred to as the ultimate cool-season forage treat for deer. Unlike many other cool season forages, winter peas are sweet as soon as they pop out of the ground. They’re also cold tolerant, making a good transitional draw between fall and winter.

Finally, deep into the fall when many states have their firearms seasons and things get chilly, whitetails turn to brassicas. The high yielding forage turnip brassicas in 7 Card Stud™ deliver some of the highest levels of protein and mineral content of any annual forage available on the market – up to 38 percent. This forage turnip has been adapted to a wide range of soils and weather conditions and will provide abundant large-leaf and root forage into the winter months.

Another brassica in 7 Card Stud™ is daikon radishes, a high yielding forage with up to 20 percent protein. Unlike turnip radishes that rely on the root ball for most of their draw, daikon radishes provide lush green foliage and withstand heavy grazing pressure. Deer will devour the leafy green tops as well as the entire radish and roots. Forage radishes also help improve soil conditions by aerating and adding organic matter to the soil as they decompose.

Of course, if that’s all too much information, just remember that 7 Card Stud™ is the one food plot blend you can plant and know deer will be drawn in from the earliest bow season to the latest late season.

Make sure to get a soil test and use the correct amount lime to adjust your soil pH to about neutral (6.0 to 7.5). Soil pH is even more important than fertilizer if you want deer to be able to get the most nutrition from 7 Card Stud™ or any other food plot plant.

For more information and helpful advice about your next food plot, visit www.evolved.com.

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New artificial reefs to provide enhanced fishing off Texas coast

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Aug 212015
 

Written by TPWD

One project to create a new artificial reef and another to enhance an existing reef site are both moving closer to reality with the selection of Callan Marine LTD as contractor.

Using funding from the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Natural Resource Damage Assessment, both sites will deploy concrete pyramids to create artificial reefs in nearshore waters 10 miles or less from the Texas coast.

Early this month, the Texas Artificial Reef Program managed by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department awarded the contract to construct the two reefs to Callan Marine, a civil and marine contractor based in Galveston, following the standard, extensive state bidding and purchasing process. The project will deploy three-sided concrete pyramids, 8-feet tall with ten-foot bases, at both reef sites.

“This will be the largest deployment of reef material in nearshore waters off Texas in the history of the Texas Artificial Reef Program,” said Dale Shively, director of the TPWD artificial reef program. “The project calls for 2,400 concrete pyramids to be reefed, which will provide much-needed habitat for all types of marine life as well as provide increased recreational fishing opportunities.”

The Matagorda Artificial Reef Project will create a new artificial reef site (BA-439) within Texas state waters in the Gulf of Mexico, approximately 10 miles (8.7 nautical miles) offshore of Matagorda County. The project will create 160 acres of artificial reef through deployment of concrete pyramids onto sandy substrate at a water depth of 60 feet. The total estimated cost of the project is $3,552,398.

The Freeport Artificial Reef Project will increase the amount of reef materials in a currently permitted artificial reef site (BA 336), the George Vancouver (Liberty Ship) Artificial Reef, located about six miles offshore from Freeport. The current site is permitted for 160 acres, but only has materials in 40 acres. The project will place predesigned concrete pyramids in the remainder of the 160-acre permitted area onto sandy substrate at a water depth of 55 feet. This is a legacy reef originally created in 1976 with the sinking of the George Vancouver Liberty Ship. The TPWD Coastal Resources Advisory Committee, composed of agency and industry representatives, provided input on reef expansion. The reef is utilized by numerous recreational fishermen and the ship has attracted divers over the years. Commercial fishermen avoid the reef site as it is a well-known “wreck” marked with a navigational buoy and on NOAA charts. The total estimated cost of the project is $2,155,365.

The two reefs are among five Texas-based projects totaling about $18 million that were approved in 2014 to begin to compensate Texas for lost human use of natural resources resulting from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. A third artificial reef project is still in the planning phase, which would sink a ship to create an artificial reef approximately 67 miles offshore of Galveston, if a suitable ship can be found. Two park enhancement projects at Galveston Island State Park and Sea Rim State Park are in the final phase of preparation to seek contractor bids.

For more information about the Texas Artificial Reef Program, see the artificial reefs website, and its companion interactive mapping application.

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