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Waterfowl Bag Limits Increase PDF Print E-mail
Written by Texas Outdoors   
Sunday, 08 December 2013 17:37

Waterfowl Bag Limits Increase

hunter at water's edge, boat  approachingFor the first time in a half century, Texas waterfowlers can take two canvasbacks daily under migratory game bird seasons approved for 2013-14 by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission. Also, the possession limits for all migratory game birds is now three times the daily limit. For ducks, the possession limit is 18. Read the full story and check local zones, seasons and bag limit details in the Outdoor Annual and Waterfowl Digest

The increase comes with news of healthy waterfowl populations, with all species except pintail and scaup numbering above the long-term goals identified in the North American Waterfowl Management Plan.

Make the season an even brighter experience by avoiding common waterfowl hunting violations described by Game Warden Albert Flores in this video.

Hunting Forecast: Deer Are Lookin' Good PDF Print E-mail
Written by Texas Outdoors   
Sunday, 08 December 2013 17:36

Hunting Forecast: Deer Are Lookin' Good

hunter in camo tags harvested deerHunters should have plenty of opportunity to harvest a deer this season. While not clear of the drought, things are looking up in many parts of the state this year and the outlook for deer and deer hunting is much brighter, reports Alan Cain, TPWD white-tailed deer program leader, in this forecast.

Archery-only deer season opened Saturday, Sept. 28 and runs through Nov. 1. The general firearms season begins Nov. 2.  For full information on season dates, visit the website.

Antler quality should be above average for those areas receiving good spring rains and average for those that were a little drier this spring and summer, Cain predicts. The good news is that drought or no drought, Texas still produces some whopper bucks each year.

Make sure you enjoy smooth hunting by avoiding the most common deer hunting violations, described by Game Warden Andrew Alexander in this video.

Tags, permits and processing! Before you hunt, be sure you know “What to Do After Killing a Deer.” Following the signs to recover downed game is an important part of any hunt. Read up on tips in “Where Did it Go?" from the October issue of Texas Parks & Wildlife magazine.

Carnivores Hunt, Gather, Cook PDF Print E-mail
Written by Texas Outdoors   
Tuesday, 06 August 2013 17:28


Carnivores Hunt, Gather, Cook

man, woman at dining tableHunting for food is as old as human history. Hunters know that wild game, the original low-carb, low-fat, all natural food, is a healthy choice the whole family can enjoy. Whether you shop at a Farmers' Market, or go to wild game cooking classes, learning how to hunt and cook for your family is becoming more popular. In this video author Hank Shaw talks about the why of hunting your own food and Austin foodie Marshall Wright describes how he became a hunter.

With some planning, you can try it too: Take a hunting safety course, learn to shoot, buy a hunting license and find someone to take you hunting.

P.S. – We’ve beefed up our Wild Game cooking pages with more recipes and a video playlist of cooking demonstrations with game and fish. Interested in becoming a hunter? Find some tips on how to get started hunting.

Hunting Regulations - What's New for 2012 - 2013 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Texas Outdoors   
Saturday, 08 September 2012 14:23

Hunting Regulations

  • Firearm silencers will be allowed while hunting alligators, game animals and game birds. Hunters wanting to take advantage of this new regulation will still have to comply with applicable federal, state, or local law governing the possession or use of firearm silencers. A prospective user must go through an application process administered by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF).
  • There will be no pheasant season in Chambers, Jefferson, and Liberty counties. Pheasant season is now closed in all southeastern Texas counties.
  • A special archery and general deer season will open in Collin, Dallas and Rockwall counties with the same seasons, bag limits and restrictions as Grayson County. Grayson, Collin, Dallas, and Rockwall counties will allow full-season, either-sex harvest by lawful archery equipment only. Bag limit will be four deer, no more than two antlerless and no more than two bucks.
  • Deer hunting will be allowed in Galveston County. Seasons, bag limits, means and methods will be the same as in neighboring Harris County.

Check the hunting section of this Web site for a complete list of hunting season dates by animal or by county.

Big Time Texas Hunts - Win one of 7 premium hunting packages! PDF Print E-mail
Written by Texas Outdoors   
Saturday, 08 September 2012 12:19

Big Time Texas Hunts

Attention Hunters: Entries to Texas Parks and Wildlife’s Big Time Texas Hunts program are now on sale, and you could win the hunt of a lifetime! Enter now for your chance at a premium guided hunt package including food and lodging, as well as taxidermy in some cases, on some of Texas’ finest private ranches and Wildlife Management Areas.
Winner Ken Garcia and his Bighorn Sheep
The crown jewel of the program is the Texas Grand Slam which includes four separate hunts for Texas’ most prized big game animals — the desert bighorn sheep, white-tailed deer, mule deer and pronghorn. Also up for the winning are several quality whitetail hunt packages, as well as opportunities to pursue alligator, waterfowl, upland game birds, and exotics such as sable and gemsbok. More details on all seven premium hunts can be found online.
Winner Stephen Poskey with his Whitetail
Entries are just $9 online* or $10 at license retailers and by phone at 1-800-895-4248.
Stephen Poskey, a previous winner, states that, “I think it’s true for a lot of people. They would never get the chance to go on a hunt like this unless they entered this contest and won one of these hunts.” Don’t miss your chance - Enter now!
There is no limit to the number of entries you can purchase, and all proceeds benefit conservation, wildlife management and public hunting. You don’t have to have a hunting license to enter.
Best of luck and good hunting!
*A $5 administrative fee is required for online transactions. You may purchase as many Big Time Texas Hunts entries and any additional hunting and fishing licenses during this shopping transaction for this one time $5 fee.
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