Proposed hunting, fishing regulation changes comment period open

TFB | February 21, 2017

Increased dove hunting opportunities across South Texas and expanded landowner-managed pronghorn permitting in the Panhandle highlight this year’s slate of proposed regulation changes for the 2017-18 Texas hunting seasons.

Hunting Regulations in South Texas

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Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) will be taking public comment on the following proposed changes to the 2017-18 Statewide Hunting Proclamation, with input to be considered prior to any action by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission at its March 23 public hearing:

Increasing dove hunting opportunity by expanding the early September 4-day Special White-winged Dove Area hunting season to the entire South Zone boundary.
Modify the age for the youth-waterfowl participants from 15 to 16 years of age.
Extend the landowner-managed pronghorn buck experimental permit system for four more years and expand the option into three new pronghorn management areas in the northern Panhandle.
Frameworks for the 2017-18 migratory game bird hunting seasons.

Additional details on these proposals will be published in the Texas Register and available for review here.

There will be public meetings held around the state to learn more and make comments about specific proposals. All meetings will begin at 7 p.m. Click here to find meeting locations.