Public input sought on proposed Texas hunting regulations for 2022-2023 | KLBK | KAMC
AUSTIN, Texas (PRESS RELEASE) — The following is a press release from the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department:
The Texas Department of Parks and Wildlife (TPWD) is now seeking public comment on the following proposed amendments to the 2022-2023 Statewide Migratory Game Bird and Hunting Proclamations:
- Allow the shooting of white-tailed deer in Collin, Dallas, Grayson and Rockwall counties and modify other deer hunting seasons in these counties.
- Amend the definitions of “buck deer” and “antlerless deer”.
- Amend proof of sex requirements for harvested male deer.
- Create definitions for two types of commercial refrigeration installations.
- Amend labeling and proof of sex requirements, cold store registration procedures, and destination regulations for these commercial cold stores.
- Expand mule deer antler restrictions to 21 additional counties in the Panhandle.
- Extend the 9-day general season in 15 Southwest Panhandle counties to 16 days and add the special archery season.
- Establish a restriction on mule deer antlers in Terrell County in the Trans-Pecos.
- Establish a special waterfowl hunting opportunity for veterans and active duty that will run concurrently during youth-only season in all duck areas.
- Amend the West Goose Hunting Zone to open a week earlier than current goose hunting regulations.
- Remove the daily bag limit (2) for crowned mergansers.
- Combine the separate daily bag limits for mergansers and ducks into one overall daily bag limit of 6 per day.
- Reauthorize the requirement to possess a federal sandhill crane hunting license when hunting this species due to an administrative error.
- Close turkey season east of I35 in Ellis County to support ongoing restocking efforts along the Trinity River
Additional details on the proposed regulatory changes can be found on the public comment page and in the Texas Register.
The public is encouraged to provide comments on the proposed rule changes, and comments will be considered before any action is taken by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission at its March 24 public hearing. Opportunities to provide feedback for or against these proposals include:
- In line: Comments on each of the changes can be provided on TPWD’s public comment page until March 23.
- Zoom Webinar: TPWD Wildlife Division staff will present the proposed hunting regulation changes and answer questions during an online webinar at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 3. The webinar will also be posted on the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s YouTube channel and Facebook page.
- Public audience: TPWD Wildlife Division staff will present proposed changes to white-tailed deer hunting regulations in Collin, Dallas, Grayson and Rockwall counties on March 9, 2022 at 7:00 p.m. CST at the Grayson College Center for Workplace Learning (CWL Auditorium, 6101 Grayson Drive, Denison, TX 75020). No other proposals regarding statewide hunting proclamations or migratory game birds will be discussed at this public hearing.
- Telephone or email:
- For comments on the Migratory Game Bird Proclamation or comments regarding wild turkey hunting regulations, please contact Shaun Oldenburger, [email protected]
- For comments on the statewide hunting proclamation regarding mule deer antler restrictions and season extension, please contact Shawn Gray, [email protected]
- For white-tailed deer hunting regulations, cold storage requirements, definitions of male and antlerless deer, and proof of male deer sex, please contact Alan Cain, [email protected] government
- Committee meeting: The TPW Commission will seek public comment on the proposed changes at its meeting on Thursday, March 24 in Austin. Those wishing to testify publicly must register in advance to speak. Public testimony is normally limited to three minutes per person.
(Texas Parks & Wildlife Department press release)