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Dove and Teal Seasons Set PDF Print E-mail
Written by Texas Outdoors   
Sunday, 20 July 2014 14:38

Dove and Teal Seasons Set

Dove hunters will have more opportunity later in the season with dates and bag limits finalized this last week.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has approved the 2014-2015 Texas dove season, including a 70-day season and 15-bird daily bag statewide, and a 16-day early teal and Canada goose season.

The traditional September 1 dove season opening day in the North and Central Zones remains; this year falling on Labor Day Monday. However, the first segment in those zones will be shorter than last season, closing on Monday, Oct. 20. The season will reopen Friday, Dec. 19 and run through Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015 in the North and Central Zones.

In the South Zone and Special White-winged Dove Area, the first segment will be shortened by five days compared to last year, and those days would be added to the end of the second segment. The South Zone opens Friday, Sept. 19 and runs through Monday, Oct. 20. The second segment will run Friday, Dec. 19 through Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015.

The daily bag limit for doves statewide is 15 and the possession limit is 45.

The Special White-winged Dove Area will be restricted to afternoon only (noon to sunset) hunting the first two full September weekends on Sept. 6-7 and 13-14. Hunting in this area will reopen Friday, Sept. 19 and continue through Monday, Oct. 20, and then reopen Friday, Dec. 19 through Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015. During the early two weekends, the daily bag limit is 15 birds, to include not more than two mourning doves and two white-tipped doves. Once the general season opens, the aggregate bag limit will be 15 with no more than two white-tipped doves.

A 16-day statewide early teal and Eastern Zone Canada goose season will run Saturday, Sept. 13 through Sunday, Sept. 28. The daily bag on teal remains six, with a possession limit of 18. Bag limit for Canada geese will be three and a possession limit of 6 in the Eastern Zone only.

Licenses for the new season go on sale August 15.

 
2014-2015 Drawn Hunts applications are now available and for the first time, online only! PDF Print E-mail
Written by Texas Outdoors   
Sunday, 20 July 2014 14:32

Texas Parks and Wildlife Department

2014-2015 Drawn Hunts applications are now available and for the first time, online only!

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Drawn Hunt Video StillApply today for Special Permit Hunts, E-Postcard Selection Hunts and US Forest Service Antlerless Deer Permits.

The Drawn Hunts Program offers affordable hunts for a wide variety of species: desert bighorn sheep, white-tailed deer, mule deer, exotics, feral hog, alligator, turkey and more. This season, you can enter in 34 separate categories, including 9 free youth-only categories, at more than 80 areas across the state.

New this year for Drawn Hunts:

  • Ability to apply multiple times in the same hunt category
  • An online catalog and printable PDF of all available hunts
  • More time to apply; up to 11:59 p.m. CST on the deadline date
  • Unique Customer ID number can be used as your identifier
  • Email notification will be sent to drawn applicants
  • Ability to check drawing status and Loyalty Points (previously called Preference Points) at any time

Watch this video overview of the new system for more information on how to apply, browse hunts, check your status and pay application and permit fees. For any questions or concerns, contact us at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call (512) 389-4505, available from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

 

 
No New Positives Found in 2013-14 Trans Pecos CWD Surveillance PDF Print E-mail
Written by Texas Outdoors   
Sunday, 04 May 2014 15:45

No New Positives Found in 2013-14 Trans Pecos CWD Surveillance

AUSTIN – Nearly 300 tissue samples were collected from hunter harvested deer and elk from the Trans Pecos ecoregion during the 2013-14 season to test for Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD). Over the last two hunting seasons upwards of 600 deer and elk have been tested for CWD, thanks to the cooperation of hunters and landowners who have participated in the state’s hunter check stations.

“Undoubtedly without the hunter check stations, and hunter and landowner participation, we would know very little about the prevalence of the disease or where it exists,” said Mitch Lockwood, Big Game Program Director with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.

To date, 617 deer and elk have been tested through the CWD check stations and strategic sampling that occurred during the summer of 2012; 215 were in the Containment Zone, 172 were in the adjacent High Risk Zone, 57 were in the Buffer Zone, and 173 were outside of the CWD zones. Forty five of the samples tested from the Containment Zone were from deer harvested in the Hueco Mountains.

TPWD’s Current CWD Management Zones

“Additional sampling is necessary to develop more confidence in the geographic extent and prevalence of the disease, but the fact that CWD has not been detected in Texas outside of the Hueco Mountains of northern El Paso and Hudspeth counties is encouraging,” said Lockwood.

Including the positives reported from last year’s sampling effort, and the three positives reported by New Mexico Game and Fish in 2012, CWD has been detected in 9 of 49 deer sampled in the Hueco Mountains.

CWD is a member of the group of diseases called transmissible spongiform encephalopathies (TSEs). Other diseases in this group include scrapie in sheep, bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE or mad cow disease) in cattle, and Cruetzfeldt-Jakob disease in humans. CWD among cervids is a progressive, fatal disease that commonly results in altered behavior as a result of microscopic changes made to the brain of affected animals. An animal may carry the disease for years without outward indication, but in the latter stages, signs may include listlessness, lowering of the head, weight loss, repetitive walking in set patterns, and a lack of responsiveness. CWD is not known to affect humans or livestock.

There is no vaccine or cure for CWD, but steps have been taken to minimize the risk of the disease spreading from beyond the area where it currently exists. TPWD and Texas Animal Health commissions adopted rules to restrict movement of deer, elk, and other susceptible species within or from the CWD Zones as well increase surveillance efforts.

More information about CWD is available online at http://tpwd.texas.gov/huntwild/wild/diseases/cwd/.

 
TPW Commission Approves Expanded Mule Deer, Extended Squirrel Hunting Seasons PDF Print E-mail
Written by Texas Outdoors   
Sunday, 04 May 2014 15:42

TPW Commission Approves Expanded Mule Deer, Extended Squirrel Hunting Seasons

AUSTIN – The Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission at its Thursday, March 27 public hearing approved expanded mule deer hunting in several counties and extended squirrel season across parts of East Texas.

An archery-only open season and 16-day general season for mule deer in Knox County, and a nine-day general season for mule deer in Castro, Hale and Lubbock counties will be in effect for the 2014-15 hunting seasons. The mule deer season had previously been closed in these counties. The Commission also clarified that use of antlerless mule deer permits would not count against a hunter’s county bag limit, nor require an antlerless mule deer tag from a hunting license.  In addition, the use of the permit was extended to be used in archery season with archery equipment only.

The Commission also approved extending squirrel hunting season in 51 East Texas counties to the end of February and permit the use of air rifles meeting minimum standards of 600 fps (feet per second) muzzle velocity, fired from the shoulder (no handguns) and having projectiles of at least .177 caliber. The Commission also eliminated bag and possession limits on squirrel in 12 counties in north-central Texas.

In other Commission action, effective for the spring 2015 season, turkey hunters in East Texas can use mobile technology for mandatory reporting of harvested Eastern turkeys. The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department is developing a mobile app and a web-based harvest reporting form to facilitate the process electronically.

In addition, a provision prohibiting possession of firearms while hunting deer or turkey during an open archery season has been removed. Lawful archery equipment remains the only means authorized to take deer or turkey during archery season.

Also, the Commission clarified that holders of a valid Texas Lifetime Hunting License must still acquire and use tags annually where tagging of harvested game is required.

The Commission also shortened by one month the current year-round open season for desert bighorn sheep and eliminated the requirement of a landowner affidavit for skulls and horns found in the wild. Persons who find desert bighorn sheep skulls or horns and wish to lawfully possess, must still notify the department within 48 hours and make arrangements to have them plugged.

All regulation changes take effect Sept. 1, 2014.

 
Mule Deer, Squirrel Seasons Top Suite of Proposed Hunting Regulation Changes PDF Print E-mail
Written by Texas Outdoors   
Sunday, 16 March 2014 12:10

Mule Deer, Squirrel Seasons Top Suite of Proposed Hunting Regulation Changes

AUSTIN – The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department is proposing expansion of mule deer hunting in several counties and extending squirrel season into February across parts of East Texas.

TPWD staff presented proposed amendments to the 2014-15 Statewide Hunting Proclamation to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission. The recommended changes include:

  • Implement an archery-only open season and 16-day general season for mule deer in Knox County, where the season is currently closed;
  • Implement a nine-day general season for mule deer in Castro, Hale, Lubbock, and Lynn counties, where the season is currently closed;
  • Clarify rules regarding utilization of antlerless mule deer permits;
  • Shorten the current year-round open season for desert bighorn sheep by one month and eliminate the requirement of a landowner affidavit for skulls and horns found in the wild;
  • Extend squirrel season in 51 East Texas counties;
  • Eliminate bag and possession limits for squirrel in 12 counties in the Blacklands Prairie;
  • Allow the take of squirrel by means of air rifles meeting minimum standards;
  • Implement rules allowing use of mobile technology by hunters to check harvested Eastern turkeys;
  • Clarify rules governing possession of firearms while hunting deer or turkey during an open archery season;

Proposed changes can be found in the Feb. 21 edition of the Texas Register and on the TPWD website.

Comments on the proposed rules may be submitted by phone or e-mail to Robert Macdonald (512) 389-4775; e-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, 4200 Smith School Road, Austin, Texas 78744. Comments may also be submitted through the department’s Internet web site after February 21 and at the following upcoming public meetings scheduled around the state.

TPWD Public Hearing Schedule

All meetings set for 7 p.m.
Alpine March 10 Sul Ross, Range Animal Science Bldg, Rm 103, East Hwy 90
Sulphur Springs March 10 Hopkins Co. Courthouse, 118 Church St.
New Braunfels March 10 WORD Offices, 1928 FM 2673, Canyon Lake
Port Arthur March 11 Holiday Inn, Neches Room, 2929 Jimmy Johnson Blvd.
Dickinson March 11 Doyle Convention Center, Williams Goyens Room, 2010 5th Ave North, Texas City
Van Horn March 12 El Capitan Hotel Conference Room, 100 East Broadway
Marshall March 12 Marshall Lions Community Center, 1201 Louisiana St.
Zapata March 12 Zapata County Technical and Advance Education Center, Rm 128, 605 N. US Hwy 83
Port Lavaca March 12 Bauer Exhibit Building, 186 CR 101
San Antonio March 13 Bass Pro@ 17907 IH-10 West
Rockport March 13 Aransas County Courthouse, 301 N. Live Oak
Lubbock March 17 Texas Agrilife Research and Extension Center, 1102 E. FM1294
Nacogdoches March 17 Nacogdoches County Courthouse Annex, 203 West Main
Dallas-Fort Worth March 17 Cabela's, 1 Cabelas Dr., Allen
Palestine March 17 Ben E. Keith Building, 2019 W. Oak Street
Huntsville March 19 Walker County Storm Shelter, 455 Highway 75 N
Port Isabel March 19 Port Isabel Community Center, 213 Yturria
Amarillo March 19 Texas AgriLife Extension Center, 6500 Amarillo Blvd West
Corpus Christi March 20 Del Mar College Center for Economic Development, 3209 S. Staples St., Rm 106
Center March 20 Fannie Brown Booth Library, Redditt Room, 619 Tenaha Street
Houston March 20 Sheldon Lake State Park, 15315 Beaumont Hwy
Austin March 20 Austin TPWD HQ Commission Hearing Room, 4200 Smith School Road
 
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