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Photos shot for the October issue

In this issue, we're honoring no fewer than three TPWD anniversaries of remarkable achievements.

The Texas Prairie Wetlands Project started with interagency cooperation following the drought of the late 1980s. TPWP encourages private landowners to restore, enhance and create shallow-water wetlands through 28 counties along the coast.

The Texas Big Game Awards do far more than just recognize hunters for the biggest harvests of the season. The partnership between TPWD and the Texas Wildlife Association, now 30 years old, showcases the essential relationship between hunting and habitat.

Just five years behind is the Great Texas Wildlife Trails, celebrating 25 years of helping Texans see our incredible migrating birds and many iconic animals. Nine driving trails showcase wildlife hotspots across the state.

Don't wait to pursue your dreams. Before you know it, you'll be celebrating your own anniversaries.

 

More Than Big Bucks

At the Texas Big Game Awards, it's great to harvest a huge trophy, but the real winner is wildlife conservation.

"Yeah, but nothing's ever gonna top that crazy mule deer of David's back in 2001," one hunter tells the others gathered around the post-hunt campfire, vainly attempting use his fingers and some broken twigs to describe the nontypical antlers.

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Friends on the Fly

It's not all gear and technique. Some days it's just "Stephenchill" time.

After an endless deluge of spring rains across North Texas, Lake Granbury is bursting at the seams. The Brazos River Authority opens two of the 16 damn gates to alleviate the swelling.

Frenzied water explodes over the concrete chutes and crashes down into the river. The normally sleepy waterway roars to life, 868 cubic feet per second. Brisk.

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Where the Wild Ducks Abound

Wetland partners combine efforts in 30-year project to benefit waterfowl.

"I just wanted a good place to duck hunt, but what this has become for me is my field of dreams," rice farmer and duck hunter Marion Woolie says as he surveys the beauty of his Colorado County property. "You know the saying," 'If you build it, they will come.' Well, the ducks come every fall.""

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