POSTED: Wednesday, August 15, 2012 - 5:19pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, September 25, 2012 - 9:31am
Tyler TX — Today, hunting and fishing licenses went on sale; Many people aren't aware that a hundred percent of the license fees goes to The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department for on the ground conservation efforts.
The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department issues nearly 2.1 million hunting and fishing licenses annually.
Tyler Game Warden Captain, Quint Balckom told KETK, "Those funds are immediently returned to different resources, be it law enforcement, science and resource, or restocking."
There are thousands of retailers across the state of Texas that sell hunting and fishing licenses, and we went to Porters Sporting Goods in Flint to find out who was already getting ready for hunting season.
An employee from Porters, Josh Meadows told KETK, "We sold three or four today, well sell a whole lot more by this time next month and until the end of hunting season we probably sell four to five hundred."
There are twenty-eight field offices, more than fifty-eight state parks and over sixteen hundred retailers across Texas that are the source of millions of dollars that make Texas Parks one of the best places to hunt and fish.
Meadows said, "The hunting license by itself is twenty-five dollars, or you can buy the super combo which covers all hunting and fishing and all the state stamps for sixty-eight dollars."
In addition to investing in Texas' natural resources, there is something that fisherman ought to know before heading out to a state park.
Balckom told KETK, "One thing to point out that currently if you pay the entry fee into a state park you are exempt from a fishing license."
You can purchase your license at Porters Sporting Goods, Walmart, Academy Sports, Gander Mountain, Tyler LEO, or online at the TPWD website http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/business/licenses/online_sales/index.phtml?city=Tyler .