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Dutch Oven Cooking 2: Basic Meals - Texas Parks and Wildlife [Official]
A dutch oven makes campfire cooking easy! This video, the second of a series of 3, demonstrates some basic 1-pot meals: chicken stew, beef stew and a pot of beans. For more information about Texas state parks, including free dutch oven cooking classes, visit www.LifesBetterOutside.org.
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Palo Duro Canyon State Park, Texas [Official]
[cc] Palo Duro Canyon State Park, just south of Amarillo, is the "Grand Canyon of Texas." Enjoy 20,000 acres of beautiful wide-open country perfect for hiking, biking, horseback riding and nature viewing. For more information, visit www.LifesBetterOutside.org.
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Colorado Bend State Park, Texas [Official]
About 2 hrs. north of Austin, Colorado Bend State Park is known for the spectacular Gorman Falls and the white bass run each spring. It's also a great place for hiking, biking, swimming, paddling and camping. More info. at http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/spdest/findadest/parks/colorado_bend/
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Pedernales Falls State Park, Texas [Official]
Clear green water cascading over limestone falls is what makes this park, 35 miles west of Austin, so unique. Pedernales Falls State Park features scenic hill country terrain perfect for swimming, hiking, biking, horseback riding and camping. The park's covered bird and wildlife viewing station is another popular feature. For more information, visit www.LifesBetterOutside.org.
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TAKE ME FISHING 101: Bait & Lures [Official]
Don't be overwhelmed by fishing lures. Here are some tried-and-true bait ideas that will work with all kinds of fish. Learn how to fish with Texas Parks and Wildlife's "Take Me Fishing 101" series for beginning anglers. For more information, including free fishing events in your area, visit www.LifesBetterOutside.org.
Game Warden Water Survival - Texas Parks and Wildlife [Official]
If you're a Texas Game Warden patrolling the water, drowning is a very real danger, especially when you're wearing 20 pounds of gear. That's why some Texas Game Wardens took this swimming lesson on steroids. Here's an underwater view of their water survival training. To learn more about Texas Game Wardens, visit http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/warden/
Dutch Oven Cooking 1: Intro - Texas Parks and Wildlife [Official]
Spice up your next camping trip with dutch oven cooking. This video, the first of a series of 3, introduces you to dutch oven cooking and how to care for your oven. For more information about Texas state parks, including free dutch oven cooking classes, visit www.LifesBetterOutside.org.
What to do if you find a fallen baby bird or nest - Tips from a Wildlife Biologist
If you find a fallen bird nest or its inhabitants on the ground, here's a simple solution for reuniting birds with their young. To learn more about wildlife in Texas, visit http://tpwd.texas.gov/huntwild/wild/wildlife_diversity/
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How to be a Game Warden in 6 Easy Months - Texas Parks and Wildlife [Official]
[cc] So you want to be a game warden? Before you can earn that honor, you've got to spend 6 grueling months training and learning. Follow a class of cadets as they find out if they have what it takes at the Game Warden Academy. For more information on Texas game wardens, visit http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/warden/
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Through-the-Gill Hook Removal
This video from the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center shows you how to remove hooks that get caught deep in a fish's esophagus or stomach.
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Devils River State Natural Area, Texas [Official]
North of Del Rio and miles from anywhere, Devils River State Natural Area sits along some of the cleanest water in Texas. The site offers hiking and mountain biking, primitive camping, canyon tours and a put-in point for paddlers (reservations required). NOTE: Camping and facility stays are by reservation only. Reservations must be made at least 2 days in advance. See http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/spdest/findadest/parks/devils_river/
Hummingbird Photographers - Texas Parks and Wildlife [Official]
Meet a couple from East Texas who have combined their interest in birds and love of travel, along with a mastery of photography, to capture the fleeting flight of the hummingbird. Discover more about Texas wildlife at http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/
Davis Mountains State Park & Indian Lodge, Texas [Official]
Davis Mountains State Park provides panoramic views of west Texas. At a mile above sea level, the park enjoys moderate temperatures with little humidity. The park's recently remodeled Indian Lodge is a pueblo style hotel built in 1937 that still retains its old world charm. Visitors to the park enjoy hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding and camping under the big Texas sky. For more information, visit www.LifesBetterOutside.org.
Lost Maples State Natural Area, Texas [Official]
Located in the Texas hill country, Lost Maples State Natural Area is famous for its brilliant fall foliage. Rare species of birds can be seen year-round. The rugged limestone canyons and clear streams offer a scenic area for hiking, swimming, picnicking, camping and enjoying nature. For more information, visit www.LifesBetterOutside.org.
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Top Tips for Shotgunning | Skill Builder
Heidi Rao demonstrates three everyday exercises to help you hit your target every time. Gil and Vicki Ash of OSP Shooting School in Houston offer these tried-and-true tips that are being adopted by hunter education programs across the country and the National Shooting Sports Foundation.
Balmorhea State Park, Texas [Official]
The crystal clear springs of Balmorhea State Park are an oasis in the west Texas desert. Located in the foothills of the Davis Mountains, Balmorhea offers visitors the unique opportunity to swim and snorkle in a natural spring-fed pool. The 1930s-era Spanish-style motel and bathhouse lend the park an old fashioned charm. For more information, visit www.LifesBetterOutside.org
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There Will Always Be Cowboys: Life on the Pitchfork Ranch - Texas Parks and Wildlife [Official]
The Pitchfork Ranch in west Texas is a throwback to the ranches of yesteryear, where real cowboys still tend to their cattle by horseback. See what's on our program this week: ‪http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/newsmedia/tv/‬. For a list of stations and air times: ‪http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/newsmedia/tv/tvwhere.phtml‬.
Possum Kingdom State Park, Texas [Official]
About an hour west of Dallas/Fort Worth, Possum Kingdom State Park sits along the rocky shores of a crystal blue 20,000 acre lake. A fishing pier and on-site marina and store make it convenient for boaters and anglers. Swimmers enjoy the cool, clear waters. The park offers plenty of hiking and camping opportunities, too. For more information, visit www.LifesBetterOutside.org
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Dutch Oven Cooking 3: Gourmet Meals - Texas Parks and Wildlife [Official]
You won't believe what you can cook in a dutch oven! Jazz up your campfire meals with quiche lorraine, cornish game hen and peach cobbler. This video, the third of a series of 3, demonstrates how. For more information about Texas state parks, including free dutch oven cooking classes, visit www.LifesBetterOutside.org.
Saving the Southern Plains Bison at Caprock Canyon State Park, Texas
Caprock Canyons State Park in the Texas Panhandle holds the last remnants of pure Southern Plains Bison that once numbered in the millions on this land. Watch as this historic herd is restored to its native habitat. For details on visiting the park, see http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/state-parks/caprock-canyons
Where to Wade Fish - Texas Parks and Wildlife [Official]
Tour some prime wade fishing spots along the Texas coast where the redfish, seatrout and coastal beauty are as good as it gets. See what's biting at http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/fishboat/fish/recreational/fishreport.phtml
Goose Island State Park, Texas [Official]
Goose Island State Park sits on the shores of Aransas Bay north of Rockport, Texas. Known for its excellent fishing, the park also features a 1000-year-old oak tree and endangered whooping cranes from nearby Aransas National Wildlife Refuge. For more information, visit www.LifesBetterOutside.org.
Buffalo Soldiers: The Unknown Army - Texas Parks and Wildlife [Official]
[cc] The Buffalo Soldiers helped settle the west but for many years the contributions of these African-American soldiers were largely overlooked. Meet one man who is determined to teach this often forgotten chapter of history to today's eager students. For more info. on Texas Buffalo Soldiers, see http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/learning/community_outreach_programs/buffalo_soldiers/calendar.phtml
Longhorn Cavern State Park, Texas [Official]
About an hour northwest of Austin, the undulating walls of Longhorn Cavern State Park offer an almost other-worldly experience. The cavern has been used as a prehistoric shelter, a hiding place for stolen loot, and a Confederate stronghold. For more information, visit www.LifesBetterOutside.org and www.LonghornCaverns.com.
Garner State Park, Texas [Official]
Built by the CCC in the 1930s, Garner has long been one of the most popular parks in Texas, and with good reason. From the spring-fed Frio River to the vast hiking trails to the summer dances, the park has a lot to offer. That's why generations of Texans have been making this Hill Country gem the place to be year round. http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/spdest/findadest/parks/garner/
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Saving the Kemp's Ridley Sea Turtle - Texas Parks and Wildlife [Official]
The Kemp's Ridley Sea Turtle is making a comeback from the brink of extinction. Get a close-up look at turtle nesting and watch as the hatchlings crawl into the surf. For more information, visit the Padre Island National Seashore website http://www.nps.gov/pais/index.htm
Caddo Lake State Park, Texas [Official]
You'll feel you're back in prehistoric times among the cypress bayous of Caddo Lake State Park. Located near the Louisiana border on Texas' only natural lake, the park is rich in history and scenic beauty. For more information, visit www.LifesBetterOutside.org.
Caprock Canyons State Park and Trailway, Texas [Official]
Caprock Canyons State Park and Trailway is located southeast of Amarillo, where the high plains end in the dramatic red bluffs and canyons of the Caprock escarpment. The park is home to the official Texas bison herd, direct descendants of the last free range southern plains bison. The 64-mile converted railway offers an excellent trail for hiking, biking and horseback riding. For more information, visit www.LifesBetterOutside.org.
Hueco Tanks State Park and Historic Site, Texas [Official]
32 miles northeast of El Paso, Hueco Tanks is named for the large natural rock basins or "huecos" (WAY-KOES) that have furnished a supply of trapped rain water to dwellers and travelers in this arid region of west Texas for millennia. Rock paintings at the site date back thousands of years. To protect these historical resources, reservations are required to visit the park. Better yet, make a reservation for one of the park's many guided bouldering, hiking and pictograph tours. Call 1-800-792-1112 or visit www.LifesBetterOutside.org.
Wild Game Cooking: Redfish Fried 3 Ways - Texas Parks and Wildlife [Official]
This isn't your same old fish fry. Regional cooking expert Jesse Griffiths, author of "Afield: A Chef's Guide to Preparing and Cooking Wild Game and Fish,"demonstrates 3 different ways to fry redfish for a fresh twist on this crowd favorite. For recipes, see http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/exptexas/programs/wildgame/. To find places to fish, visit http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/fishboat/fish/
Wildfire at Bastrop State Park - Texas Parks and Wildlife [Official]
Firefighters work to save Bastrop State Park in the "Lost Pines" area of central Texas near Austin and home to the endangered Houston Toad. More information at http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/newsmedia/releases/?req=20110906a
Dinosaur Valley State Park, Texas [Official]
Dinosaur Valley State Park contains some of the best preserved dinosaur tracks in the world. Two model dinosaurs help visitors envision what the site was like back when dinosaurs roamed the land. About an hour southwest of Fort Worth in Glen Rose, the park offers a limestone creek for swimming and fishing, as well as hiking and biking trails through the rocky hills. For more information, visit http://tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/dinosaur-valley
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TAKE ME FISHING 101: Texas Freshwater Fishing [Official]
Meet some Texas freshwater fish and get tips for catching them. Learn how to fish with Texas Parks and Wildlife's "Take Me Fishing 101" series for beginning anglers. For more information, including free fishing events in your area, visit www.LifesBetterOutside.org.
Battleship Texas: 100 Years (Narrated by Lyle Lovett)
Lyle Lovett explores the rich history of the Battleship Texas through first-hand accounts from the crew and footage of the Battleship in action. The Battleship Texas will celebrate its 100th anniversary March 15, 2014. Join the festivities at http://battleshiptexas.org/
Martin Dies, Jr. State  Park, Texas [Official]
Martin Dies, Jr. State Park, north of Beaumont, sits on the edge of the Big Thicket National Preserve. Experience the magic of the east Texas piney woods by paddling through the cypress swamp or hiking under the tall trees. For more information, visit www.LifesBetterOutside.org
Lake Brownwood State Park, Texas [Official]
Located near the geographic center of Texas, Lake Brownwood State Park is a showcase of Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) handiwork. The 7300 acre lake is a great spot for fishing, boating, swimming, picnicking and camping. For more information, visit www.LifesBetterOutside.org.
Copperhead Country
Copperhead Country A slithery copperhead sliding around your backyard is just about the last thing you would want to run into. Well imagine hundreds of them coming out, as you have a copperhead honey hole of sorts. That’s exactly what’s happening to one Texas landowner. He used to eliminate them, now he saves the snakes for science.
Never Happens: True Stories About Water Safety - Texas Parks and Wildlife [Official]
While it's easy to think it will never happen to us, these are real stories from survivors of accidents on the water. For information on boating safety, boaters education and how to choose the right life jacket, visit http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/fishboat/boat/safety/
Guadalupe River Trout Unlimited - Texas Parks and Wildlife [Official]
Guadalupe River Trout Unlimited, or GRTU, is the largest trout unlimited chapter in the world, primarily because of its work in developing a year-around trophy trout fishery in the Guadalupe River below Canyon Dam. GRTU worked to ensure adequate instream flows in the river to support aquatic life, supported restrictive harvest regulations to protect the fishery and annually purchases large rainbow trout for stocking into the river. It also leases access points from private landowners to enable the public, for payment of a fee, to access the best fishing spots. GRTU also provides classroom materials for schools to grow trout fry for stocking into the river and holds a Trout Camp on the river each summer to introduce youth to fly-fishing and conservation. For more information, visit https://www.grtu.org/
Huntsville State Park, Texas [Official]
Just north of Houston, Huntsville State Park adjoins the Sam Houston National Forest and encloses the 210-acre Lake Raven. Visitors enjoy hiking, camping, fishing and relaxing in the peace of the east Texas forest. For more information, visit www.LifesBetterOutside.org.
TAKE ME FISHING 101: Getting Started - Resources in Texas [Official]
From loaner tackle to free fishing spots, this video will show you how easy it is to get started fishing - no experience required! Learn how to fish with Texas Parks and Wildlife's "Take Me Fishing 101" series for beginning anglers. For more information, including free fishing events in your area, visit www.LifesBetterOutside.org.
Mountain Biking Big Bend Ranch State Park - Texas Parks and Wildlife [Official]
Mountain Biking at Big Bend Ranch State Park is not for the faint of heart. The country is rugged and the trails can be challenging, but the opportunities are as boundless as the vistas.
How to install a Bluebird nest box - Tips from a Wildlife Biologist
Once widespread across the Eastern and Central U.S., bluebirds have been declining due to scarcity of natural nest cavities and competition from non-native birds like the English sparrow. This video shows you step-by-step how to install a bluebird nest box in your yard to help future generations of bluebirds. To learn more about Texas wildlife, visit http://tpwd.texas.gov/huntwild/wild/wildlife_diversity/
Get Started Camping - Texas Parks and Wildlife [Official]
Outdoor Info: Get Started Camping Headed out for a camping trip in a Texas State Park? Lindsey Davis is here with some tips to help you get set up quickly and comfortably. Watch Texas Parks & Wildlife television on the Texas PBS stations. www.tpwd.state.tx.us/tv
Fishing for Gargantuan Gar - Texas Parks and Wildlife [Official]
The alligator gar may be more of a "gentle giant" than a "river monster," but its sheer size and toothy snout have given it a bad rap over the years. Now, however, more anglers are pursuing gar, and biologists are beginning to learn more about this fascinating denizen of the deep.
Inks Lake State Park, Texas
A little over an hour northwest of Austin, Inks Lake State Park offers a pristine hill country experience. Visitors enjoy swimming, fishing, camping and hiking. For more information, visit http://tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/inks-lake
Final Port of Call: Sinking of Texas Clipper for Artificial Reef - TX Parks and Wildlife [Official]
The historic Texas Clipper ship rests on the ocean floor as an artificial reef and scuba adventure destination. This story explores her rich lineage: she was christened the Queens and built to invade Japan during WWII. Then she became one of the world's first air conditioned cruise liners. Texas A&M University acquired her for use as a training vessel named the Texas Clipper. For more information on the artificial reef program, see http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/landwater/water/habitats/artificial_reef/overview.phtml
Lake Somerville State Park and Trailway, Texas [Official]
Convenient to both Houston and Austin, Lake Somerville State Park and Trailway is the perfect place to reconnect with nature. The park has a 13 mile trailway for hiking, biking and horseback riding. Visitors can also swim, paddle, fish, camp and choose among the park's many interpretive programs. For more information, visit www.LifesBetterOutside.org
Running with the Bison at Caprock Canyons - Texas Parks and Wildlife [Official]
Get up close and personal with the official Texas State Bison Herd at Caprock Canyons State Park & Trailway, 100 miles southeast of Amarillo. http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/spdest/findadest/parks/caprock_canyons/
Copper Breaks State Park, Texas [Official]
Copper Breaks State Park is located in the Texas panhandle, north of Abilene. The park gets its name from the copper deposits threaded throughout the rugged canyon land. The Visitors Center features exhibits on the Comanche and Kiowa tribes that once roamed the area, including Quanah Parker. The park is also home to the official Texas longhorn herd. See www.LifesBetterOutside.org for more information