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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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Hunting Season: White-Tailed Deer

North Zone (Freestone County) Bag Limit: 4 deer, no more than 2 bucks, and no more than 2 antlerless, all seasons combined. Antler Restrictions: Does not apply on properties enrolled in MLDP and for which MLDP: buck tags have been issued. For the seasons listed below, a legal buck is a buck deer having at least one unbranched antler, or an inside spread of 13 inches or greater. The inside spread requirement does not apply to any buck that has an unbranched antler. Not more than one buck with an inside spread of 13 inches or greater may be taken. MLDP If MLDP buck tags have been issued for a property, harvest is by MLDP tag only and all bucks must be tagged with a MLDP tag. If MLDP antlerless tags have been issued for a property, harvest is by MLDP tag only and all antlerless deer must be tagged with a MLDP antlerless tag. The landowner or designated agent are responsible for providing MLDP tags to the hunters on MLDP properties. Archery Only: Sept. 30 – Nov. 3, 2017 General Season: Nov. 4, 2017 – Jan. 7, 2018 Antlerless Deer: November 23-26, antlerless deer by MLDP tag or hunting license tag. At all other times, antlerless by MLDP tag only. Youth-Only: Early Youth-Only Season – Oct. 28 – 29, 2017 Late Youth-Only Season – Jan. 8 – 21,...

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It’s Fall Ya’ll: Fairfield Markets Days Open September 22-24

It’s Fall, ya’ll! Come out to the fairgrounds this weekend for shopping and family fun at Fairfield Market Days. Each month, Fairfield Market Days vendors offer such things as Arts & Crafts, Jewelry, Bling, Clothing, Food, Furniture, Antiques, Fresh Produce, Tools, Toys and more. Market Days will open Friday, September 22nd with limited vendors from 12 noon to 6:00 p.m. All vendors will be open for business on Saturday, September 23rd from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and on Sunday, September 24th from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Admission is free of charge. Vendor inquires for Market Days are always welcome. Call 903-388-9845, 903-389-2633, or send an email to cedarcmc@hotmail.com RV hookups are available. All vendors are expected to stay until closing. Upcoming dates include Oct. 27-29, Nov. 17-19, and Dec. 15-17. See you at Market...

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