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Woods, Waters, & Wildlife – September 20th

By John Jefferson An Internet image this week reminded me that with the south dove zone season opening Friday, Sept. 22, the entire state will be open. The image read: “After the flood, God sent Noah a message, using a dove. In Texas, He used a hummingbird. He knew a dove would end up wrapped in bacon with a slice of jalapeno inside.” The bow season for whitetails, mule deer and Rio Grande turkeys opens September 30 – November 3. That’s a hunting opportunity many neglect through lack of interest or experience with archery equipment. Some prefer knowing their...

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New Texas A&M Wildlife, Fisheries, & Ecological Sciences Bldg. Opens

by Steve Byrns Sept. 15 marked the grand opening of the new Wildlife, Fisheries and Ecological Sciences Building in College Station on the Texas A&M University West Campus. Dr. Mark Hussey, vice chancellor and dean of agriculture and life sciences at Texas A&M, College Station, said the $32.5 million building is the fourth to be constructed in the Agriculture and Life Sciences complex, a group of buildings housing staff “dedicated to feeding our world, protecting our environment, enriching our youth, improving our health and growing our economy. “In September 1937, the Texas A&M University department of wild game was...

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2017-18 Texas Hunting, Fishing Licenses Lifetime License Drawing

The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) reminds hunters and anglers to purchase the new 2017-2018 licenses, which officially went on sale last month. All current year Texas hunting and fishing licenses (except year-to-date fishing licenses) expire Aug. 31. Every year, the department issues more than 2.4 million hunting and fishing licenses through the agency’s 28 field offices, more than 50 state parks, at over 1,700 retailers across the state and online at www.tpwd.texas.gov/buy . All revenue generated from hunting and fishing license fees pays for conservation efforts and recreational opportunities that help make Texas one of the best places in the country to hunt and fish. Fish stocking, wildlife management, habitat restoration, public hunting leases, river access permits and Texas Game Wardens are just some of the initiatives funded in part by license fees. Texans can also enter Big Time Texas Hunts drawing when purchasing their license. Big Time Texas Hunts offers the chance to win any of nine exciting premium guided hunt packages, with all lodging and food included. Many also allow the winners to bring friends along to hunt. . There are packages to hunt bighorn sheep, mule deer, white-tailed deer, pronghorn, alligator, waterfowl, upland game birds, wild hog and exotics. Big Time Texas Hunts entries are available online for $9 each at www.tpwd.texas.gov/buyentry or for $10 each at license retailers or by phone at (800)...

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New Hunting Regulations

Effective September 1, 2017 –The Special White-Winged Dove Area now includes all of the South Zone. The daily bag limit for the new Special White-Winged Dove Days in the South Zone is 15 birds with no more than two mourning or white-tipped doves. Hunting hours for these days are from noon to sunset during the first two weekends in September.   Effective September 1, 2016 –Longest dove seasons in all zones in over 80 years, an increase from 70 days to 90 days. –Season dates in North and South Duck Zones and West Goose Zones changed. –Potential additional areas added for mandatory Chronic Wasting Disease testing of hunter killed white-tailed deer and mule deer. For details visit online at https://tpwd.texas.gov/huntwild/wild/diseases/cwd/. –“Special Late Antlerless and Spike-buck Season” replaced with a “Special Late Season” for antlerless deer and “unbranched antlered bucks.” –Youth may harvest antlerless deer without a permit on U.S. Forest Service Lands during youth-only seasons. –White-tailed deer general and special archery-only seasons in 14 additional Panhandle counties. –Additional “doe days” in 26 East Texas counties. –Muzzleloader-only late season in 32 additional counties.   Effective September 1, 2015 –Eastern turkey season is closed in 11 counties and on national forest lands in Jasper County. –Eastern turkeys now reported electronically. –Mandatory harvest reporting will no longer be required in Wharton and Matagorda Counties during the 30-day spring turkey season, which opens there...

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Texas Game Warden Field Notes – Sept. 20th

The following items are compiled from recent Texas Parks and Wildlife Department law enforcement reports. Skunked A Rockwall County game warden responded to a call from a local law enforcement officer about a traffic stop involving three subjects that had been driving the neighborhoods shooting rabbits from a public roadway. When the warden arrived on scene, he found three young men standing around a truck with a bed full of dead rabbits. One young man was only wearing a trucker hat, boots, and some brightly colored underwear. The subjects said they had shot a skunk earlier in the evening and when the individual approached it, the skunk sprayed him. The others wouldn’t let him back in the truck with his clothes on. Citations pending. Don’t Pull the Plug Game wardens were patrolling for bank fishermen on Lake Ray Hubbard when they observed a vessel drifting away from the boat ramp that appeared to be sinking. Witnesses say they heard the boat’s operator yelling to call 911 after he forgot to install the drain plug. The wardens used their vehicle loud speaker to instruct the individual, who was seated in the bow of the boat, to put on a life jacket. He complied and the wardens asked another boat coming into the ramp to tow him to shore. Once the boat was back on a trailer and draining water, the...

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