Presenter: Vernon Bevill

Commission Agenda Item No. 2
Action
2000-2001 Migratory Game Bird Proclamation
Early Season Provisions
June 2000

I. DISCUSSION: Responsibility for establishing seasons, bag limits, means, methods, and devices for harvesting migratory game birds within U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) frameworks is delegated to the Commission under Chapter 64, Subchapter C, Parks and Wildlife Code. Parks and Wildlife Code, §64.022 authorizes the Executive Director, after notification of the Chairman, to engage in rulemaking. At present, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) has not issued the regulatory frameworks for early-season species of migratory game birds. Staff received permission from the Regulations Committee at its April 2000 meeting to publish the proposed regulations (located at Exhibit A) in the Texas Register for public comment. The proposed regulations appeared in the April 28, 2000 issue of the Texas Register (25 TexReg ). Staff has gathered and analyzed public comment, and a summary will be available at the time of the meeting. An Executive Summary of general public comment with respect to early-season migratory game bird regulations appears as Exhibit B. Since the current regulations reflect the Commission's policy to provide the most liberal harvest provisions permissible under the federal frameworks, staff recommends retaining, with the exception of the proposed season dates for teal, those provisions (adjusted for calendar shift) should the Service frameworks remain unchanged from last year. Should the Service issue frameworks that alter any existing options or offer new options for hunter opportunity, the department will utilize the provisions of Chapter 64 of the Code to propose and adopt the most liberal provisions possible, while affording needed protection to the resource.

II. RECOMMENDATION: Staff recommends the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission adopt the following motion.

"The Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission adopts amendments to 31 TAC §§65.314, 65.315 and 65.317-65.321, concerning the Migratory Game Bird Proclamation, with changes to the proposed text (located at Exhibit A) as published in the April 28, 2000, issue of the Texas Register (25 TexReg )."

Attachments - 3

  1. Exhibit A - Proposed early-season migratory game bird regulations
  2. Exhibit B - Summary of Public Comment
  3. Exhibit C - Fiscal Note (Available Upon Request)

Commission Agenda Item No. 2
Exhibit A

2000-2001 Migratory Gamebird Proclamation
Proposal Preamble

1. Introduction.

The Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission proposes amendments to §§65.314, 65.315, and 65.317 - 65.321, concerning the Migratory Game Bird Proclamation. The amendment to §65.314, concerning Zones and Boundaries for Early Season Species, creates additional recreational opportunity by opening the previously closed mid- and lower-Gulf coasts to sandhill crane hunting. The amendment to §65.315, concerning Open Seasons and Bag and Possession Limits - Early Season Species, adjusts the season dates for early-season species of migratory game birds (with the exception of teal) to account for calendar-shift. The amendment to §65.317, concerning Zones and Boundaries for Late Season Species, creates a new Central Goose Zone in order to allow the dark goose season in north-central Texas to run its full length prior to the opening of the special conservation season for light geese. The amendment to §65.118, concerning Open Seasons and Bag and Possession Limits - Late Season Species, adjusts the season dates for late-season species of migratory game birds to account for calendar-shift. The amendment to §65.319, concerning Extended Falconry Season—Early Season Species, adjusts season dates for the take of early-season species of migratory game birds by means of falconry. The amendment to §65.320, concerning Extended Falconry Season—Late Season Species, adjusts season dates for the take of late-season species of migratory game birds by means of falconry. The amendment to §65.321, concerning Special Management Provisions, establishes dates and special regulations for the take of light geese during the special conservation season. The amendments are necessary to implement commission policy to provide maximum hunter opportunity possible under frameworks issued by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service). The Service has not issued regulatory frameworks for the 1999-2000 hunting seasons for migratory game birds; thus, the department cautions that the proposed regulations are tentative. However, the department intends to follow commission policy in adopting the most liberal provisions possible under the frameworks in order to provide maximum hunter opportunity.

2. Fiscal Note.

Robert Macdonald, Wildlife Division regulations coordinator, has determined that for the first five years that the amendments as proposed are in effect, there will be no additional fiscal implications to state or local governments of enforcing or administering the amendments.

3. Public Benefit-Cost Note.

Mr. Macdonald also has determined that for each of the first five years the amendments are in effect:

(A) The public benefit anticipated as a result of enforcing the rules as proposed will be the department's discharge of its statutory obligation to manage and conserve the state's populations of migratory game birds, as well as the implementation of commission policy to maximize recreational opportunity for the citizenry.

(B) There will be no effect on small businesses or microbusinesses. There are no additional economic costs to persons required to comply with the rules as proposed.

(C) The department has not filed a local impact statement with the Texas Workforce Commission as required by Government Code, §2001.022, as the department has determined that the rules as proposed will not impact local economies.

(D) The department has determined that there will not be a taking of private real property, as defined by Government Code, Chapter 2007, as a result of the proposed rules.

4. Request for Public Comment.

Comments on the proposed rules may submitted to Vernon Bevill, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, 4200 Smith School Road, Austin, Texas, 78744; (512) 389-4578 or 1-800-792-1112.

5. Statutory Authority.

The amendments are proposed under Parks and Wildlife Code, Chapter 64, which authorizes the Commission and the Executive Director to provide the open season and means, methods, and devices for the hunting and possessing of migratory game birds.

The amendments affect Parks and Wildlife Code, Chapter 64.

§65.314. Zones and Boundaries for Early Season Species.

(a)-(d) (No change.)

(e) Sandhill cranes.

(1)-(2) (No change.)

(3) Zone C: the remainder of the state, except for the closed areas specified in paragraph (4) of this subsection.

(4) closed areas:

(A) that portion of the state lying east and north of a line beginning at the junction of Interstate Highway 35 and the Texas-Oklahoma state line, thence south along Interstate Highway 35 (following Interstate Highway 35 West through Fort Worth) to its junction with U.S. Highway 290 East in Austin, thence east along U.S. Highway 290 to its junction with Interstate Loop 610 in Harris County, thence south and east along Interstate Loop 610 to its junction with Interstate Highway 45 in Houston, thence south on Interstate Highway 45 to the shore of the Gulf of Mexico, and thence north and east along the shore of the Gulf of Mexico to the Texas-Louisiana state line.

(B) that portion of the state lying within the boundaries of a line beginning at the Kleberg-Nueces county line and the shore of the Gulf of Mexico, thence west along the county line to Park Road 22 in Nueces County, thence north and west along Park Road 22 to its junction with State Highway 358 in Corpus Christi, thence west and north along State Highway 358 to its junction with State Highway 286, thence north along State Highway 286 to its junction with Interstate Highway 37, thence east along Interstate Highway 37 to its junction with U.S. Highway 181, thence north and west along U.S. Highway 181 to its junction with U.S. Highway 77 in Sinton, thence north and east along U.S. Highway 77 to its junction with U.S. Highway 87 in Victoria, thence south and east along U.S. Highway 87 to its junction with State Highway 35 at Port Lavaca, thence north and east along State Highway 35 to the south end of the Lavaca Bay Causeway, thence south and east along the shore of Lavaca Bay to its junction with the Port Lavaca Ship Channel, thence south and east along the Lavaca Bay Ship Channel to the Gulf of Mexico, and thence south and west along the shore of the Gulf of Mexico to the Kleberg-Nueces county line. [that portion of Texas lying within boundaries beginning at the international toll bridge at Brownsville, thence north and east along U.S. Highway 77 to its junction with U.S. Highway 87 at Victoria, thence eastward along U.S. Highway 87 to its junction with Farm Road 616 at Placedo, thence north and east along Farm Road 616 to its junction with State Highway 35, thence north and east along State Highway 35 to its junction with State Highway 6 at Alvin, thence west and north along State Highway 6 to its junction with U.S. Highway 290, thence westward along U.S. Highway 290 to its junction with Interstate Highway 35 at Austin, thence south along Interstate Highway 35 to its junction with U.S. Highway 81 in Laredo, thence southwest along U.S. Highway 81 to the international toll bridge in Laredo, thence south and east along the U.S.-Mexico international boundary to its junction with the U.S. Highway 77 international toll bridge at Brownsville].

(f)-(g) (No change.)

§65.315. Open Seasons and Bag and Possession Limits - Early Season.

(a) Rails.

(1) Dates: September 15-30, 2000 and October 28 - December 20, 2000[11 -26, 1999, and October 23 - December 15, 1999].

(2) Daily bag and possession limits:

(A) king and clapper rails: 15 in the aggregate per day; 30 in the aggregate in possession.

(B) sora and Virginia rails: 25 in the aggregate per day; 25 in the aggregate in possession.

(b) Dove seasons.

(1) North Zone.

(A) Dates: September 1 - October 30, 2000 [September 1 - October 30, 1999].

(B) Daily bag limit: 15 mourning doves, white-winged doves, and white-tipped (white-fronted) doves in the aggregate, including no more than two white-tipped doves per day;

(C) Possession limit: 30 mourning doves, white-winged doves, and white-tipped doves in the aggregate, including no more than four white-tipped doves in possession.

(2) Central Zone.

(A) Dates: September 1-October 17, 2000[September 1-October 17, 1999], and December 26, 2000- January 7, 2001[December 26, 1999 - January 7, 2000.]

(B) Daily bag limit: 15 mourning doves, white-winged doves, and white-tipped (white-fronted) doves in the aggregate, including no more than two white-tipped doves per day;

(C) Possession limit: 30 mourning doves, white-winged doves, and white-tipped doves in the aggregate, including no more than four white-tipped doves in possession.

(3) South Zone.

(A) Dates: Except in the special white-winged dove area as defined in §65.314 of this title (relating to Zones and Boundaries for Early Season Species), September 22 - November 5, 2000, and December 26, 2000- January 9, 2001[September 24-November7, 1999, and December 26, 1999-January 9, 2000]. In the special white-winged dove area, the mourning dove season is September 22 - November 5, 2000, and December 26, 2000-January 5, 2001[September 24-November 7, 1999, and December 26, 1999-January 5, 2000].

(B) Daily bag limit: 15 mourning doves, white-winged doves, and white-tipped (white-fronted) doves in the aggregate, including no more than two white-tipped doves per day;

(C) Possession limit: 30 mourning doves, white-winged doves, and white-tipped doves in the aggregate, including no more than four white-tipped doves in possession.

(4) Special white-winged dove area.

(A) Dates: September 2, 3, 9, and 10, 2000[September 4, 5, 11, and 12, 1999].

(B) Daily bag limit: 10 white-winged doves, mourning doves, and white-tipped (white-fronted) doves, in the aggregate to include no more than five mourning doves and two white-tipped doves per day;

(C) Possession limit: 20 white-winged doves, mourning doves, and white-tipped doves in the aggregate to include no more than 10 mourning doves and four white-tipped doves in possession.

(c) Gallinules.

(1) Dates: September 15-30, 2000, and October 28-December 20, 2000[September 11-26, 1999, and October 23, 1999-December 15, 1999].

(2) Daily bag and possession limits: 15 in the aggregate per day; 30 in the aggregate in possession.

(d) September teal-only season.

(1) Dates: September 15-30, 2000[September 11-26, 1999].

(2) Daily bag and possession limits: four in the aggregate per day; eight in the aggregate in possession.

(e) Red-billed pigeons, and band-tailed pigeons. No open season.

(f) Shorebirds. No open season.

(g) Sandhill cranes. A free permit is required of any person to hunt sandhill cranes in areas where an open season is provided under this proclamation. Permits will be issued on an impartial basis with no limitation on the number of permits that may be issued. The daily bag limit is three. The possession limit is six.

(1) Zone A: November 11, 2000- February 11, 2001[November 13, 1999-February 13, 2000].

(2) Zone B: December 2, 2000- February 11, 2001[December 4, 1999-February 13, 2000].

(3) Zone C: January 6 -February 11, 2001[January 8, 1999-February 13, 2000].

(4) The season is closed in the areas specified in §65.314(e)(4) of this title (relating to Zones and Boundaries for Early Season Species).

(h) Woodcock: December 18, 2000- January 31, 2001[December 18, 1999-January 31, 2000]. The daily bag limit is three. The possession limit is six.

(i) Common snipe (Wilson's snipe or jacksnipe): October 21, 2000-February 4, 2001[October 17, 1999-January 31, 2000.] The daily bag limit is eight. The possession limit is 16.

§65.317. Zones and Boundaries for Late Season Species.

(a) Ducks, mergansers, and coots.

(1) -(3) (No change.)

(b) Geese.

(1) Western Zone: that portion of Texas lying west of a line from the international toll bridge at Laredo, thence northward following Interstate Highway 35 to its junction with Interstate Highway 10 in San Antonio thence northwest along Interstate Highway 10 to its junction with U.S. Highway 83 in Junction, thence north along U.S. Highway 83 to its junction with U.S. Highway 62, 16 miles north of Childress, thence east along U.S. Highway 62 to the Texas-Oklahoma state line [that portion of Texas lying west of a line from the international toll bridge at Laredo, thence northward following IH 35 and 35W to Fort Worth, thence northwest along U.S. Highways 81 and 287 to Bowie, thence northward along U.S. Highway 81 to the Texas-Oklahoma state line].

(2) Central Zone: that portion of Texas lying within boundaries beginning at the junction of Interstate Highway 35 and the Texas-Oklahoma state line, thence south along Interstate Highway 35 (following Interstate Highway 35 West through Fort Worth) to its junction with Interstate Highway 10 in San Antonio thence northwest along Interstate Highway 10 to its junction with U.S. Highway 83 in Junction, thence north along U.S. Highway 83 to its junction with U.S. Highway 62, 16 miles north of Childress, thence east along U.S. Highway 62 to the Texas-Oklahoma state line, thence eastward along the Texas-Oklahoma state line to Interstate Highway 35.

(3) [(2)] Eastern Zone: that portion of Texas lying east of a line from the international toll bridge at Laredo, thence northward following IH 35 and 35W to the Texas-Oklahoma state line [the remainder of the state].

§65.318: Open Seasons and Bag and Possession Limits—Late Season. Except as specifically provided in this section, the possession limit for all species listed in this section shall be twice the daily bag limit.

(1) Ducks, mergansers, and coots. The daily bag limit for ducks is six, which may include no more than five mallards or Mexican mallards (Mexican duck), only two of which may be hens, three scaup, one mottled duck, one pintail, two redheads, one canvasback, and two wood ducks. The daily bag limit for coots is 15. The daily bag limit for mergansers is five, which may include no more than one hooded merganser.

(A) High Plains Mallard Management Unit: October 21-24, 2000, and October 28, 2000-January 21, 2001 [October 23-26, 1999 , and October 30, 1999-January 23, 2000].

(B) North Zone: October 28-29, 2000, and November 11, 2000-January 28, 2001 [October 30-31, 1999 , and November 13, 1999-January 23, 2000].

(C) South Zone: October 28-November 26, 2000, and December 9, 2000-January 28, 2001 [October 30-November 28, 1999, and December 11, 1999-January 23, 2000].

(2) Geese.

(A) Western Zone.

(i) Light geese: October 21, 2000-February 4, 2001 [October 30, 1999-February 13, 2000]. The daily bag limit for light geese is 20, and there is no possession limit.

(ii) Dark geese: October 21, 2000-February 4, 2001 [October 30, 1999-February 13, 2000]. The daily bag limit for dark geese is five, which may not include more than one white-fronted goose.

(B) Central Zone.

(i) Light geese: October 28, 2000-February 11, 2001. The daily bag limit for light geese is 20, and there is no possession limit.

(ii) Dark geese: October 28, 2000-February 11, 2001. The daily bag limit for dark geese is five, which may not include more than one white-fronted goose.

(C)[(B)] Eastern Zone.

(i) Light geese: October 28, 2000-January 21, 2001 [October 30, 1999-February 13, 2000]. The daily bag limit for light geese is 20, and there is no possession limit.

(ii) Dark geese:

(I) White-fronted geese: October 28, 2000-January 21, 2001 [October 30, 1999-January 23, 2000]. The daily bag limit for white-fronted geese is two.

(II) Canada geese and brant: October 28, 2000-January 21, 2001 [October 30, 1999-February 1, 2000]. The daily bag limit is one Canada goose or one brant[, except during the period from January 24-February 1, when the bag limit is three in the aggregate].

(3) Special Youth-Only Season. There shall be a special youth-only duck season during which the hunting, taking, and possession of ducks, mergansers, and coots is restricted to licensed hunters 15 years of age and younger accompanied by a person 18 years of age or older, except for persons hunting by means of falconry under the provisions of §65.320 of this chapter (relating to Extended Falconry Season—Late Season Species). Bag and possession limits in any given zone during the season established by this paragraph shall be as provided for that zone by paragraph (1) of this section. Season dates are as follows:

(A) High Plains Mallard Management Unit: October 14, 2000 [October 16, 1999];

(B) North Zone: October 21, 2000 [October 23, 1999]; and

(C) South Zone: October 21, 2000 [October 23, 1999].

§65.319. Extended Falconry Season - Early Season Species

(a) It is lawful to take the species of migratory birds listed in this section by means of falconry during the following Extended Falconry Seasons:

(1) mourning doves and white-winged doves: November 9-December 25, 2000 [November 9-December 25, 1999]; and

(2) rails and gallinules: December 21, 2000-January 26, 2001[December 16, 1999-January 21, 2000].

(3) woodcock: November 24-December 17, 2000 and February 1-March 10, 2001 [November 24-December 17, 1999, and February 1-March 9, 2000].

(b) The daily bag and possession limits for migratory game birds under this section shall not exceed three and six birds respectively, singly or in the aggregate.

§65.320. Extended Falconry Season - Late Season Species. It is lawful to take the species of migratory birds listed in this section by means of falconry during the following Extended Falconry Seasons.

(a) Ducks, coots, and mergansers:

(1) High Plains Mallard Management Unit: October 14, 2000 [October 16, 1999]; and

(2) Remainder of the state: October 21, 2000 and January 22-February 6, 2001 [October 23, 1999, and January 24 - February 8, 2000].

(b) The daily bag and possession limits for migratory game birds under this section shall not exceed three and six birds, respectively, singly or in the aggregate.

§65.321. Special Management Provisions. The provisions of paragraphs (1)-(3) of this section apply only to the hunting of light geese. All provisions of this subchapter continue in effect unless specifically provided otherwise in this section; however, where this section conflicts with the provisions of this subchapter, this section prevails.

(1) Means and methods. In addition to the means and methods authorized in §65.310(a) of this title (relating to Means , Methods, and Special Requirements), the following means and methods are lawful during the time periods set forth in paragraph (5) of this section:

(A) shotguns capable of holding more than three shells; and

(B) electronic calling devices.

(2) Possession. During the time periods set forth in paragraph (5) of this section:

(A) there shall be no bag or possession limits; and

(B) the provisions of §65.312 of this title (relating to Possession of Migratory Game Birds) do not apply; and

(C) a person may give, leave, receive, or possess legally taken light geese or their parts, provided the birds are accompanied by a wildlife resource document from the person who killed the birds. The wildlife resource document is not required if the possessor lawfully killed the birds; the birds are transferred at the personal residence of the donor or donee; or the possessor also possesses a valid hunting license, a valid waterfowl stamp, and is HIP certified. The wildlife resource document shall accompany the birds until the birds reach their final destination, and must contain the following information:

(i) the name, signature, address, and hunting license number of the person who killed the birds;

(ii) the name of the person receiving the birds;

(iii) the number and species of birds or parts;

(iv) the date the birds were killed; and

(v) the location where the birds were killed (e.g., name of ranch; area; lake, bay, or stream; county).

(3) Shooting hours. During the time periods set forth in paragraph (5) of this section, shooting hours are from one half-hour before sunrise until one half-hour after sunset.

(4) Early closures. At sunset on January 21, 2001 [31, 1999], the open seasons for the following species of migratory birds are closed until further notice.

(A) sandhill crane: statewide [in Zones B and C];

(B) light geese: in the Western and Eastern Zones [Zone];

(C) ducks, coots, and mergansers (extended falconry season): statewide; and

(D) woodcock (extended falconry season): statewide.

(5) Special Light Goose Conservation Period.

(A) From February January 22, 2001 [February 1, 1999] through April 1, 2001 [21,1999], the take of light geese is lawful in the Eastern Zone as defined in §65.317 of this title (relating to Zones and Boundaries for Late Season Species).

(B) From February 5, 2001 [15, 1999] through April 1, 2001 [25, 1999], the take of light geese is lawful in the Western Zone as defined in §65.317 of this title (relating to Zones and Boundaries for Late Season Species).

(C) From February 12, 2001 through April 1, 2001 the take of light geese is lawful in the Central Zone as defined in §65.317 of this title (relating to Zones and Boundaries for Late Season Species).

This agency hereby certifies that the proposal has been reviewed by legal counsel and found to be within the agency's authority to adopt.

Issued in Austin, Texas, on


Commission Agenda Item No. 2
Exhibit B

Summary of Public Comments
4/26/00

Telephone calls:

  1. Russel Roberson, 6/1/99, Devine. Wants the northern portion of the South Dove Zone to open earlier.
  2. Larry Guidry, 6/15/99, Decatur. Wants a winter season segment in the North Zone. There are doves available in the Decatur areas during Dec/Jan.
  3. Charles Powell, 6/17/99, Brazoria Co. Wants dove season to open earlier than Sept. 20 because in half of his 12 years of experience, the doves leave a week before the season opens. If this is not possible, he wants the Central/South Zone boundary moved south of Brazoria Co or at least the South Zone open on Sept. 20 regardless of the day of the week.
  4. Paul Harrington, 8/25/99, Throckmorton Co. Landowner wants the dove season shortened or go to half days because dove numbers down a lot and he has a lot of trespass problems.
  5. 8/2/99, Wanted Zone C crane season to open on the first Saturday in January (1/1/2000) instead of Jan. 8 because already booked hunts.
  6. 8/9/99, San Antonio. Wants more dove leases in the San Antonio area to take advantage of expanding urban whitewing populations.
  7. 4/26/00, Wayne Martka. Wants the South Zone duck season extended as long as possible (Jan. 28) because better bluewing hunting and plumage later.

Letters:

  1. Hugh Harrell, 12/6/99. Wants the dove season closed in north Texas for 3-4 years so numbers can recover.
  2. William Stevens, 12/9/99, Waco. Wants afternoon only shooting hours and elimination of winter season segment in the Central Zone.
  3. Ray Stoker, 2/18/00, Odessa. Eliminate the winter season segment in the Central Zone so the first season segment could be extended when migrant doves arrive in W. Texas.
  4. Richard Lee, 2/28/00, Dallas. Wants dove shooting hours restricted to afternoon-only in the North Zone.
  5. Jo McCraken, 4/4/00, San Antonio. Wants bag limit increased on whitewings to reduce numbers and nuisance in the city.
  6. Harry K. McCraken, 4/4/00, San Antonio. Wants increased bag limits and season lengths on whitewings to reduce numbers because they are a nuisance and drive other birds including mourning doves from feeders.
  7. S. Demonbren, 4/4/00, San Antonio. Wants increased bag limits and season lengths on whitewings to reduce numbers because they are a nuisance.

Internet:

  1. Cal Hamilton, 5/31/99. Prefers 15/60 over 12/70.
  2. Ron Buhman, 7/7/99. Wants plastic shotshell cases made illegal because they look aesthetically unpleasing in dove fields and are not biodegradable.
  3. Jim Bailey, 7/12/99. Wants the South Zone dove season to open on Sept. 20 regardless of the day of the week like the North and Central Zones so he can consistently plan vacation and motel reservations.
  4. Michael Robinson, 7/14/99. Wants South Zone dove season dates to overlap teal season dates.
  5. W.L. Rice, 7/16/99, Coleman Co. Wants dove season to open on Oct. 1 to relieve pressure on resident doves and slow hunting until northern doves arrive anyway.
  6. Chris Davis, 7/16/99. Wants dove season to open the first weekend in September so the common person doesn’t have to take off from work.
  7. Brian Pohlmeier, 8/10/99, Lubbock. Wants a winter season segment in the North Zone because there is a lot of doves in the Lubbock area in January.
  8. Troy Lilley, 8/16/99. Wants the second dove season in the Central zone to extend through the weekend (1/8-9/2000) so kinds can hunt on deer leases after deer season closes.
  9. John Hook, 9/10/99. Wants longer hunting season and higher bag limits during the Special White-winged Dove season.
  10. Robert Steenbeke, 9/15/99. Wants to hunt sandhill cranes along the Gulf Coast.
  11. Michel Oliver, 10/25/99. Wants a winter dove hunting season in the North Zone.
  12. Steve Seibold, 10/25/99, Comal Co. Landowner observes dove hunt getting worse over the years because of early migration. Would like the season to begin before Sept. 1.
  13. M.B. Mitchell, 2/29/00,Waco. Wants the dove season in the Central Zone to be split with open through Labor Day weekend and reopening the next to last weekend in September due to undersized doves and heat in early September and arrival of migrant doves in October.
  14. Ray Green, 3/23/00, Dallas. Prefers dove shooting hours in the North Zone to be afternoon-only.
  15. Wade Watkins, 4/14/00, Del Rio. Wants a larger bag limit for whitewings during the Special Whitewing Season.
  16. David Timm, 4/26/00. Wants the crane season in Zone A to extend through Feb. 11 and not closed with the special light goose conservation action.

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