Regulations Committee

Wednesday, 9:00 am, April 7, 2004

Commission Hearing Room
4200 Smith School Road
Austin, TX 78744
Item
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Subject Public Hearing
Agenda Item No.
  Approve Previous Committee Meeting minutes.  
1. Chairman's Charges (Oral Presentation) Committee Only
2. Proposed Fur-Bearing Animal Proclamation
Staff: Mike Berger
Committee Only
3. Proposed Raptor Proclamation
Staff: John Herron
Committee Only
4. Proposed 2004-2005 Migratory Game Bird Proclamation
Staff: Vernon Beville
Committee Only
5. Proposed Candidate State Parks for Public Hunting
Staff: Vickie Fite
Committee Only
6. 2004-2005 Statewide Hunting and Fishing Proclamation
Staff: Ken Kurzawski/Paul Hammerschmidt/Mike Berger
6
7. White-tailed Deer Regulations
Staff: Clayton Wolf
7
8. 2004-2005 Oyster Fishery Proclamation/Rule Review
Staff: Robin Riechers
8
9. Other Business  

Committee Agenda Item No. 2
Presenter: Mike Berger

Regulations Committee
Statewide Fur-Bearing Animal Proclamation
April 2004

I. Executive Summary: The item presents proposed changes to the Statewide Fur-bearing Animal Proclamation. The proposed changes include:

II. Discussion: Under Parks and Wildlife Code, Chapter 71, the commission may regulate the taking, possession, propagation, transportation, exportation, importation, sale, and offering for sale of fur-bearing animals, pelts, and carcasses as the commission considers necessary to manage fur-bearing animals or to protect human health or property. The proposed rules located at Exhibit A are the result of meetings with the regulated community as part of an initiative aimed at making the regulations governing the take, possession, and sale of fur-bearing animals less onerous to comply with, easier to understand, and more efficient.

Attachments – 1
1. Exhibit A - Proposed Fur-bearer Proclamation


Commission Agenda Item No. 2
Exhibit A

Statewide Fur-Bearing Animal Proclamation
Proposal Preamble

1. Introduction.

The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department proposes amendments to §§65.372, 65.375, 65.377, and 65.379, concerning Statewide Fur-Bearing Animal Proclamation. In general, the changes represent an effort to simplify and clarify the regulations governing fur-bearing animals.

The proposed amendment to §65.372, concerning Definitions, eliminates the definitions for ‘commercial harvest’, ‘finished product,’ ‘fur-bearing animal,’ and ‘recreational season.’ The definitions for commercial and recreation harvest are redundant. The commercial and recreational seasons are established in §65.375, and the activities permitted under the various licenses are prescribed in statute and regulations; therefore, the definitions are unnecessary and are being removed. The definition of ‘fur-bearing’ animal is being removed for essentially the same reason. The term is defined in Parks and Wildlife Code, Chapter 71, and need not be reproduced in rule.

The proposed amendment to §65.375, concerning Open Season; Means and Methods, consists of several actions. First, the proposed amendment would eliminate the bag and possession limits for fur-bearing animals taken under a hunting license. Under current rules, there is no bag or possession limit for fur-bearing animals taken under a trapper’s license during the trapping season and persons hunting under a hunting license may take one fur-bearing animal per day, with a possession limit of two. However, because depredating fur-bearing animals may be taken in any number at any time, the department believes it is unnecessary to impose bag and possession limits on persons hunting under a hunting license, since no other class of permittee is thusly restricted. The amendment would also eliminate subsection (a)(3), which prohibits the sale of fur-bearing animals taken during the recreational season (i.e., under a hunting license), which is prohibited by statute, making the regulatory prohibition redundant and therefore unnecessary. The proposed amendment also would eliminate subsection (b)(3), which prohibits a trapper from possessing more than two undried pelts between April 6 and October 31. This provision is being removed because rule action in 2003 provided for year-round possession of pelts by trappers, allowing trappers to maximize economic return by retaining pelts for as long as needed to take advantage of favorable market fluctuations. Subsection (b)(3) conflicts with that action, and is being removed for that reason. The proposed amendment also removes the prohibition on the take of river otter by firearms. Staff review of the provision reveals that it has been effect since at least 1981, but there is no historical data to explain the original reason. Firearms are lawful for taking every other species of fur-bearing animal, and currently there is no biological reason to limit the means of take for river otter. Finally, the proposed amendment would eliminate subsection (c)(1), which enumerates the legal means and methods for the take of fur-bearing animals. The paragraph is unnecessary because current paragraph (2) sets forth the means and methods that art unlawful and there is no need to set forth the same thing in two different ways. The remaining provisions are redesignated accordingly and have been grammatically altered to maintain parallel construction.

The amendment to §65.377, concerning Sale or Purchase of Fur-bearing Animals, changes subsections (a)(4) and (b)(3) by adding the word ‘commercial’ to those provisions. The department’s intent is to prevent any misconception that trappers may retain fur-bearing animals taken outside of the commercial season or that wholesale fur dealers may purchase animals or pelts taken outside of the commercial season. The amendment also adds language to subsection (a)(5) to allow trappers to sell fur-bearing animals to out-of-state buyers in addition to wholesale fur dealers licensed by the state. Many trappers find the need to get pelts quickly to sales houses when prices are good; however, due to the small number of fur buyers in Texas, this is sometimes problematic in terms of time. The department would like to empower trappers to act quickly when prices are good.

The amendment to §65.379, concerning Reporting Requirements, adds a provision requiring trappers who sell animals or pelts directly to out-of-state purchasers to report those sales to the department on an annual basis. Under current rule, only wholesale fur dealers may purchase and resell a fur-bearing animal, and the department requires annual reports from wholesale dealers in order to track the volume of fur-bearing animals taken in the state for commercial trade, which is also used as an indirect index of furbearer populations. The amendment to §65.377 would allow trappers to sell directly to out-of-state buyers; thus, that data would not be captured by wholesale dealer reports. By requiring an annual report from trappers who sell animals directly to out-of-state buyers, the department will continue to capture that data.

2. Fiscal Note.

Robert Macdonald, regulations coordinator, has determined that for each of the first five years that the proposed rules are in effect, there will be no fiscal implications to state or local government.

3. Public Benefit/Cost Note.

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

(A) The public benefit of the proposed rules will be to simplify the regulations governing the take of fur-bearing animals.

(B) There is no economic cost to businesses, microbusinesses, or persons required to comply with the rules as proposed.

(C) The department has determined that the rules will not affect local economies; accordingly, no local employment impact statement has been prepared.

(D) The department has determined that Government Code, § 2001.0225 (Regulatory Analysis of Major Environmental Rules) does not apply to the proposed rules.

(E) The department has determined that Government Code, Chapter 2007 (Governmental Action Affecting Private Property Rights), does not apply to the proposed rules.

4. Request for Public Comment.

Comments on the proposed rule may be submitted to John Young, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, 4200 Smith School Road, Austin, Texas 78744; (512) 912-7047 or 1-800-792-1112, e-mail: john.young@tpwd.state.tx.us.

5. Statutory Authority.

The rules are proposed under the authority of Parks and Wildlife Code, §71.002, which authorizes the commission to regulate the taking, possession, propagation, transportation, exportation, importation, sale, and offering for sale of fur-bearing animals, pelts, and carcasses as the commission considers necessary to manage fur-bearing animals or to protect human health or property, including provisions governing permit application forms, fees, procedures, and reports, the periods of time when it is lawful to take, possess, sell, purchase, or transport fur-bearing animals, pelts,

and carcasses, catch and possession limits for fur-bearing animals and pelts, and the means, methods, manner and places in which it is, lawful to take or possess fur-bearing

animals, pelts, or carcasses.

The proposed rules affect Parks and Wildlife Code, Chapter 71.

§65.372. Definitions. The following words and terms, when used in this subchapter, shall have the following meanings, unless the context clearly indicates otherwise. All other words and terms shall have the meanings assigned in Subchapter A of this chapter (relating to Statewide Hunting and Fishing Proclamation) or Parks and Wildlife Code, Chapter 71.

(1) Consumer—A person who purchases non-living fur-bearing animals or products made from fur-bearing animals for personal use or consumption and who does not sell, resell, trade, or barter the non-living fur-bearing animals or products made from fur-bearing animals in exchange for anything of value.

[(2) Commercial harvest—The take of a fur-bearing animal under a trapping license during the season for commercial harvest established in §65.375 of this title (relating to Open Seasons; Means and Methods).]

(2) [(3)] Export—The transport of a fur-bearing animal across the boundaries of this state.

[(4) Finished product—The tanned pelt of a fur-bearing animal or any part of a fur-bearing animal (or its resulting products) that has been treated to prevent decomposition (by means other than refrigeration or freezing) and/or packaged for sale. A dried pelt is not a finished product.]

[(5) Fur-bearing animal—The animals listed in Parks and Wildlife Code, §71.001, living or dead, including their parts, carcasses, and pelts.]

(3) [(6)] Nuisance fur-bearing animal—A fur-bearing animal that is depredating or a threat to human health or safety.

[(7) Recreational harvest—The take of a fur-bearing animal under a hunting license at any time, or under a trapper's license outside of the season for commercial harvest.] §65.375. Open Seasons; Means and Methods.

(a) Recreational harvest.

(1) The open season for the recreational harvest of fur-bearing animals is September 1 of one year to August 31 of the following year.

(2) There are no bag or possession limits for fur-bearing animals taken during the open season for recreational harvest. [The daily bag limit is one fur-bearing animal and the possession limit is two fur-bearing animals. A fur-bearing animal that has been reduced to a finished product shall not be considered part of the possession limit.]

[(3) Fur-bearing animals, pelts, and carcasses possessed under this subsection shall not be sold.]

(b) Commercial harvest.

(1) The open season for the commercial harvest of fur-bearing animals is November 1 of one year through March 31 of the following year. Nutria may be taken from September 1 through August 31 of the following year.

(2) There are no bag or possession limits.

[(3) From April 6 through October 31 no licensed trapper may possess more than two undried pelts taken under a trapper's license.]

(c) Means and methods.

[(1) Only the following means and methods are legal for taking fur-bearing animals:]

[(A) firearms;]

[(B) steel leghold and conibear-style traps;]

[(C) falconry;]

[(D) live or box trap;]

[(E) dogs;]

[(F) snare;]

[(G) lawful archery equipment;]

[(H) electronic or hand-held calls; and]

[(I) artificial light.]

[(2) Exceptions.] No person may:

[(A) take river otter with firearms;]

(A) [(B)] take fur-bearing animals with steel leghold or conibear-style traps, except during the open season for commercial harvest or as provided in §65.381 of this title (relating to Nuisance Fur-bearing Animals);

(B) [(C)] set steel leghold or conibear-style traps within 400 yards of any school; [or]

(C) [(D)] use smoke, explosives or chemical irritants of any kind to harry or flush fur-bearing animals;[.]

[(3) Special provisions.]

(D) [(A)] use a Conibear-style traps with a diagonal opening dimension greater than ten inches shall not be set on land or in less than six inches of water;[.]

(E) [(B)] use snares [Snares], steel leghold traps, conibear-style traps, and live or box traps unless each trap is [shall be] examined at least every 36 hours; or[.]

(F) [(C)] fail to remove animals from taking devices [Animals taken by the means and methods listed in this section shall be removed] upon discovery.

§65.377. Sale or Purchase of Fur-bearing Animals.

(a) Sale of Fur-bearing animals, their carcasses and pelts, and finished products.

(1) No person other than a licensed fur-bearing animal propagator may sell a live fur-bearing animal.

(2) No person other than a licensed trapper or wholesale fur dealer may sell the carcass or pelt of a fur-bearing animal.

(3) Finished products may be sold by anyone.

(4) A trapper may possess and sell the carcass or pelt of a fur-bearing animal lawfully taken during an open commercial trapping season at any time.

(5) A trapper may sell the carcass or pelt of a fur-bearing animal only to a wholesale fur dealer or out-of-state purchaser.

(b) Purchase of fur-bearing animals, their carcasses and pelts, and finished products.

(1) Except as provided in §65.378 (c) of this title (relating to Importation, Exportation, and Release of Fur-bearing Animals), no person other than a licensed fur-bearing animal propagator or a person holding a permit issued under Parks and Wildlife Code, Chapter 43, Subchapter C, may purchase a live fur-bearing animal.

(2) No person other than a licensed wholesale fur dealer or a consumer may purchase the carcass or pelt of a fur-bearing animal. A consumer must maintain proof of purchase until the pelt becomes a finished product or the carcass is cleaned for cooking or storage at the consumer's permanent residence.

(3) A wholesale fur dealer may purchase the carcass or pelt of a fur-bearing animal lawfully taken during an open commercial trapping season at any time.

(4) Finished products may be purchased by anyone.

(c) A person who sells fur-bearing animals prepared for immediate consumption may purchase the carcass of a fur-bearing animal only from a wholesale dealer.

§65.379. Reporting Requirements.

(a) Any person licensed as a wholesale fur dealer:

(1) must complete and file an appropriate annual report with the department by May 31 of each year;

(2) return all unused CITES tags to the department by May 31 of each year; and

(3) may not be in possession of unused CITES tags between May 31 and October 1 of any year.

(b) A person licensed as a trapper must complete and submit an annual report accounting for all sales of fur-bearing animals to out-of-state purchasers.

(c) [(b)] Any person licensed as a fur-bearing animal propagator must complete and file an appropriate annual report with the department by August 31 of each year.

(d) [(c)] The department reserves the right to refuse permit issuance to any person not in compliance with this section.

(e) [(d)] All records required by this section shall be retained and kept available for inspection upon request of a department employee acting within the official scope of duty for a period of two years following the period of validity of the permit under which they are required to be kept.

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


Committee Agenda Item No. 3
Presenter: John Herron

Regulations Committee
Raptor Proclamation
April 2004

I. Executive Summary: This item presents proposed changes to the Raptor Proclamation as a result of recommendations from the Falconry Advisory Board. The changes include:

II. Discussion: Chapter 49 of the Parks and Wildlife Code governs the take, capture, possession, propagation, transportation, export, import, and sale of raptors in this state, and authorizes the Commission to regulate reporting eligibility, identification, and reporting requirements. The last regulatory changes to the Raptor Proclamation were made in 1998, as a result of legislation enacted by the 75th Texas Legislature. The proposed regulations located at Exhibit A were developed as a result of consultations with and recommendations from the department’s Falconry Advisory Board.

Attachment - 1
1. Exhibit A - Proposed Raptor Proclamation


Commission Agenda Item No. 3
Exhibit A

Raptor Proclamation
Proposal Preamble

1. Introduction.

The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department proposes amendments to §§65.263-65.265 and 65.270, concerning the Raptor Proclamation, which governs the take and possession of raptors and practice of falconry in the state. The Texas Legislature in 1975 authorized the Parks and Wildlife Commission to regulate the taking, capture, possession, propagation, transportation, export, import, and sale of raptors, time and area from which raptors may be taken or captured, and species that may be taken or captured; to provide standards for possessing and housing raptors held under a falconry permit; to prescribe annual reporting requirements and procedures; to prescribe eligibility requirements and fees for and issue any falconry, raptor propagation, or nonresident trapping permit; and to require and regulate the identification of raptors held by permit holders. The agency’s regulations governing falconers, falconry, and people who possess raptors historically have been formulated following close consultation with the department’s Falconry Advisory Board (FAB), which is composed of Texas residents who are permitted falconers. The department relies on the FAB for valuable advice in crafting the standards, requirements, and restrictions for various classes of falconry permits. The relationship between the department and the FAB allows for regulations that protect and promote the sport of falconry without creating onerous restrictions that might serve as an impediment to enjoyment of the resource or the sport. The proposed amendments are recommendations from the FAB.

The proposed amendment to §65.263(b)(1) adds the word ‘display’ in paragraph (1) to clarify that public display of raptors is limited to educational display. The change is intended to prevent misunderstandings by specifically restricting the display of raptors to educational instances only. The amendment also adds language to subsection (b)(2) to allow apprentice falconry permit holders to perform public display activities with raptors, provided they are supervised by a general or master permit holder. The current regulation restricts display to general and master permit holders only, but the FAB has advised the department that there are circumstances (such as fairs, conferences, and other large events) where it is impossible for a single general or master permit holder to personally handle the public display of multiple birds. Therefore, the FAB recommends that apprentice permit holders be allowed to assist, but only under direct supervision.

The amendment to §65.264, concerning Applications and Permits, removes current subsection (b), which requires applicants to achieve a minimum score on an examination as a condition for receiving a permit. The requirement is not being eliminated, but is being relocated to §65.265(1), where it is more appropriate, since the exam score is a requirement only for those people seeking an apprentice permit.

The amendment to §65.265, concerning Permit Classes: Restrictions, restructures the section such that the qualifications and restrictions for class and type of permit issued by the department under the provisions of Parks and Wildlife Code, Chapter 49, are contained in a single chapter. The department’s intention is to consolidate all provisions related to qualifying for and maintaining a permit in one place, making for easier reference. The proposed amendment also creates qualifications for various types and classes of permits. For apprentice permittees, the FAB recommends a minimum age of 14 for apprentice falconry permittees because it is at about that age that a person generally begins to develop the maturity necessary to apprehend the principles of falconry and to accept the responsibility necessary to care for and train raptors. The FAB further recommends that apprentices be sponsored by a general or master class permittee, because falconry is an exacting sport that cannot be learned or practiced correctly without expert guidance and training from someone very experienced in the sport. To this end, the proposed amendment also stipulates that apprentices trap their own birds, which is intended to be part of a conscientious program of training for apprentices in the rudiments of falconry, during which time they learn about the biology and behavior of raptors. Additionally the proposed rules would require apprentices to notify the FAB and the department within 30 days of a sponsorship termination, which is necessary to ensure that apprentices do not attempt to practice falconry without being supervised. The proposed amendment also stipulates that an apprentice permittee may not replace a raptor more frequently than once per year. The FAB and the department do not wish to encourage irresponsible use of wildlife resources or the unethical practice of falconry, and to that end the rule seeks to prevent the frequent replacement of birds by apprentices who for whatever reasons cannot maintain effective control of a bird in their possession. Finally, the amendment to provisions affecting apprentice permittees would prohibit them from taking eyas raptors. An eyas bird is a raptor that is still in the nest and has not fledged. At that age, the bird in untrained hands is in danger of being imprinted, becoming unnaturally attached to a human being as a surrogate parent or social equal. Such birds can be dangerous to their handlers, and it is considered unethical to release imprinted birds to the wild, because they have not been socialized to interact with other birds as they would have been had they not been imprinted. Experienced falconers are able to take eyas birds and rear them in such a fashion that they do not become imprinted.

The amendment also establishes qualifications and restrictions for general class permittees, specifying that they be at least 18 years of age, have two years of experience in falconry at the apprentice level (having flown a bird for at least four months in each year, as certified by a sponsor), that they possess no more than two raptors at any time, that they not replace raptors more frequently than twice per year, and that they notify the department within five days of sponsorship termination. The requirement of documented activity (as certified by the sponsor) is recommended by the FAB in order to prevent eligibility for acquisition of a general class permit simply on the basis of elapsed time. The FAB believes that an apprentice must have demonstrated sufficient commitment to the sport before being allowed to practice it without supervision. The sport of falconry cannot be mastered in a short period of time. Therefore, the FAB’s recommendations reflect a progressive, incremental approach that gradually increases permit privileges based on supervised performance. Based on the skills acquired at the apprentice level, the general class permittee is allowed to keep an additional bird (which necessitates a replacement privilege of one additional bird per year). The notification requirement is to allow the department to track apprentice level permittees and ensure that apprentices are supervised. At the master class level, the permittee must have at least five years of experience as a general class permittee, is allowed to keep up to three birds in possession, may not replace more than three birds per year, and must notify the department within five days of sponsorship termination. At the master class level, the permittee has demonstrated a commitment to the sport by investing seven years of work at the two subordinate levels, and is assumed to be capable of the ethical practice of falconry. Finally, the amendment would require an applicant for a raptor propagator permit to have five years of experience in falconry and be a general or master class permittee. Under the current rule, an applicant must have at least five years of experience at the apprentice level. The FAB recommends that the rule be stiffened in order to ensure that persons engaged in raptor propagation be permitted at a level at which supervision by a sponsor is no longer required. The FAB’s position is that raptor propagation, because it results in a living organism that should be raised and handled by an experienced falconer, should not be engaged in by any person who has not reached a level of expertise allowing that person to practice falconry alone.

The amendment to §65.270, concerning Marking, would require persons acquiring an umarked gyrfalcon, Harris hawk, or peregrine falcon to be mark the bird with a department-supplied band within two days of acquiring the bird. The current rule as written is impossible to comply with for persons seeking to possess an umarked bird, since the marker supplied by the department cannot be issued unless the bird is in possession; however, if the bird is in possession without being marked, an offense has been committed. By applying the section’s provisions to unmarked birds and providing a two-day window for acquiring the band, the department seeks to implement a regulation that is easier to comply with and understand.

2. Fiscal Note.

Robert Macdonald, regulations coordinator, has determined that for each of the first five years that the rules as proposed are in effect, there will be no fiscal implications to state and local governments as a result of enforcing or administering the rules. The proposed rules do not impose fees or require additional expenses to be incurred by the agency.

3. Public Benefit/Cost Note.

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

(A) The public benefit anticipated as a result of enforcing or administering the rules as proposed will be the ethical and conscientious use of a public resource by means of the regulated trapping, possession, and use of raptors for falconry purposes.

(B) There will be no adverse economic effects on small businesses, microbusinesses, or persons required to comply with the rules as proposed.

(C) The department has not drafted a local employment impact statement under the Administrative Procedures Act, §2001.022, as the agency has determined that the rule 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 rule.

(E) The department has determined that Government Code, §2001.0225 (Regulatory Analysis of Major Environmental Rules) does not apply to the proposed rules.

4. Request for Public Comment.

Comments on the proposed rule may be submitted to Jennifer Blecha, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, 4200 Smith School Road, Austin, Texas, 78744; (512) 389-4481 (e-mail: Jennifer.blecha@tpwd.state.tx.us).

5. Statutory Authority.

The new section is proposed under the authority of Parks and Wildlife Code, §49.014, which authorizes the department to prescribe rules for the taking, capture,

possession, propagation, transportation, export, import, and sale of raptors, time and area from which raptors may be taken or captured, and species that may be taken or captured; to provide standards for possessing and housing raptors held under a permit; to prescribe annual reporting requirements and procedures; to prescribe eligibility requirements and fees for and issue any falconry, raptor propagation, or nonresident trapping permit; and to require and regulate the identification of raptors held by permit holders.

The proposed amendments affect parks and Wildlife Code, Chapter 49.

§65.263. General Provisions.

(a) No person shall take or possess a raptor in this state unless that person possesses valid state and federal permits to do so.

(b) Public display of raptors shall be:

(1) for educational display purposes only; and

(2) shall be performed only by general or master permit holders or apprentice permit holders under the direct supervision of a general or master permit holder.

(c) General and master permittees may not sponsor more than three apprentices at one time.

§65.264. Applications and Permits.

(a) All permit applications shall be made using forms supplied by the department and shall be submitted with a copy of the applicant's federal falconry permit, or a copy of the completed application for the federal falconry permit.

(b) [No permit shall be issued until the applicant has passed, with a minimum score of 80, a supervised, department-administered falconry examination.]

[(c)] When the requirements of subsection (a) [subsections (a) and (b)] of this section have been met, and the department has received the applicable fees from the applicant, the department shall forward the application to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for concurrence and final processing prior to the issuance of a state permit.

(c)[(d)] No state permits shall be issued until the applicant's facilities have passed an inspection conducted by a department representative.

(d)[(e)] Permits may be issued for any period of time not exceeding three years from date of issuance and shall expire on June 30.

(e)[(f)] The requirements of subsections (b)–(d)[(b)-(e)] do not apply to applications for a nonresident trapping permit.

§65.265. Permit Classes: Qualifications and Restrictions. A person who is not a resident of this state may not hold any permit issued under this subchapter other than a nonresident trapping permit.

(1) Apprentice class permittees.[:]

(A) Qualifications. An applicant for an apprentice falconry permit must:

(i) be at least 14 years of age or older;

(ii) have a sponsor at the general or master class during their apprenticeship; and

(iii) have passed, with a minimum score of 80, a supervised, department administered falconry examination.

(B) Restrictions. An apprentice class permittee:

(i) may possess only one of the following: American kestrel (Falco sparverius), red-tailed hawk (Buteo jamaicensis), or red-shouldered hawk (Buteo lineatus). A bird in possession of an apprentice under this subparagraph must have been trapped by the apprentice. Any red-tailed hawk or red-shouldered hawk in possession must have been captured as a passage bird; [and]

(ii) [(B)] may not replace a raptor more than once between July 1 of one year and June 30 of the immediately following year;

(iii) must secure a new sponsor within 30 calendar days in the event of sponsorship termination. Failure to secure a new sponsor and notify the department in writing may result in permit revocation; and

(iv) may not take eyas raptors[during any 12-month period].

(2) General class permittees:

(A) Qualifications. An applicant for a general class falconry permit must:

(i) be at least 18 years of age;

(ii) have at least two years of verified experience at the apprentice level. Verification shall be in the form of a signed affidavit(s) from the applicant’s sponsor(s) attesting that the applicant has flown a bird possessed under the applicant’s permit for a minimum of four months/per year over each twelve-month period of the apprenticeship.

(B) Restrictions. A general class permittee:

(i) may not possess more than two raptors; [and]

(ii) [(B)] may not replace more than two raptors between July 1 of one year and June 30 of the immediately following year; and

(iii) must send written notification to the department within five calendar days in the event of sponsorship termination[during any 12-month period].

(3) Master class permittees:

(A) Qualifications. An applicant for a master class falconry permit must have at least five years of experience of falconry at the general level.

(B) Restrictions. A master class permittee:

(i) may not possess more than three raptors; [and]

(ii)[(B)] may not replace more than three raptors between July 1 of one year and June 30 of the immediately following year; and

(iii) must send written notification to the department within five calendar days in the event of sponsorship termination[during any 12-month period].

[during any 12-month period].

(4) Raptor propagator:

(A) Qualifications. An applicant for a raptor propagator permit must:

(i) be a resident of Texas;

(ii) be 18 years of age or older; [and]

(iii) have at least five years of experience in the practice of falconry; and

(iv) possess a valid general or master permit [at the apprentice] level, or its equivalent].

(B) Restrictions. Raptor propagators may not possess or breed species of raptors listed as endangered unless the propagator can document proof of seven years' experience caring for and handling raptors.

(5) Nonresident trapping permittees:

(A) Qualifications: An applicant for a nonresident trapping permit must possess a license, issued by their state of residence, equivalent to the Texas general or master falconer license.

(B) Restrictions: A nonresident shall not trap more than one raptor per year in this state.

§65.270. Marking.

(a) No unmarked gyrfalcon, peregrine falcon, or Harris hawk may be acquired under a permit issued pursuant to this subchapter unless the person acquiring the raptor has notified the department within two days of acquisition. Upon notification, the department shall issue [first obtains] a numbered nonreusable marker supplied by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, which[. The marker] must be attached to the raptor immediately upon receipt [acquisition].

(b) It is unlawful for any person to alter, counterfeit, or deface a marker, except that a permit holder may remove the rear tab on markers and smooth an imperfect surface, provided the integrity of the marker and numbering are not affected.

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


Committee Agenda Item No. 4
Presenter: Vernon Bevill

Regulations Committee
2004-2005 Migratory Game Bird Proclamation
April 2004

I. Executive Summary: This item presents proposed changes to the Migratory Game Bird Proclamation for the 2004-2005 season and apprises the Committee of anticipated and potential developments with respect to the federal regulatory process.

II. 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 annual regulatory frameworks for migratory game birds. Since the current regulations reflect the Commission's policy to provide the most liberal harvest provisions permissible under the federal frameworks, staff recommends retaining 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 adopt the most liberal provisions possible, while affording needed protection to the resource.

Attachments - 2

  1. Exhibit A - Proposed Migratory Bird Rules - Early Season
  2. Exhibit B - Proposed Migratory Bird Rules - Late Season

Commission Agenda Item No. 4
Exhibit A

Summary 2004-2005
Proposed Dove, Teal, Rail, Snipe, and Gallinule
Open Seasons, Shooting Hours, Bag and Possession Limits

I. Mourning doves and white-winged doves.

A. North Zone:

1. Dates: 60 consecutive days beginning Monday, Sept.1 (Sept.1–Oct.30, 2004).

2. Shooting hours: one-half hour before sunrise to sunset.

3. Bag and possession limits: 15 mourning, white-winged, and white-tipped doves in the aggregate including no more than 2 white-tipped doves per day; 30 in aggregate including no more than 4 white-tipped doves in possession.

B. Central Zone:

1. Dates: 60 consecutive days beginning Monday, Sept. 1 (Sept. 1 - Oct. 30, 2004), and 10 consecutive days beginning December 26 (Dec. 26, 2004 - Jan. 4, 2005).

2. Shooting hours: one-half hour before sunrise to sunset.

3. Bag and possession limits: 12 mourning, white-winged, and white-tipped doves in the aggregate including no more than 2 white-tipped doves per day; 24 in aggregate including no more than 4 white-tipped doves in possession.

C. South Zone except special white-winged dove area:

1. Dates: 47 consecutive days beginning Friday, September 24 (Sept. 24-Nov. 9, 2004) and 23 consecutive days beginning December 20 (Dec. 18, 2004 – Jan. 9, 2005).

2. Shooting hours: one-half hour before sunrise to sunset.

3. Bag and possession limits: 12 mourning, white-winged, and white-tipped doves in the aggregate including no more than 2 white-tipped doves per day; 24 in aggregate including no more than 4 white-tipped doves in possession.

4. Boundary Change: “…south of a line beginning at the International Toll Bridge in Del Rio; thence northeast along U.S. Highway 277 Spur to U.S. Highway 90 in Del Rio; thence east along U.S. Highway 90 to State Loop 1604 west of San Antonio; thence south, east and north along Loop 1604 to Interstate Highway 10 east of San Antonio; thence east along Interstate Highway 10 to the Texas-Louisiana State Line.”

D. Special White-winged Dove Area in the South Zone:

1. Dates: The first two complete weekends in September (Sept. 4, 5, 11, 12, 2004) and 47 consecutive days beginning Friday, September 24 (Sept. 24 - Nov. 9, 2004) and 19 consecutive days beginning December 18 (Dec. 18, 2003 - Jan. 5, 2005).

2. Shooting hours: noon to sunset on first two complete weekends in Sept., thereafter one-half hour before sunrise to sunset.

3. Bag and possession limits:

a. The first two complete weekends in September: 10 white-winged, mourning and white-tipped doves in the aggregate including no more than 3 mourning doves and 2 white-tipped doves per day; 20 white-winged, mourning, and white-tipped doves in the aggregate including no more than 10 mourning doves and 4 white-tipped doves in possession.

b. Thereafter: 12 mourning, white-winged, and white-tipped doves in the aggregate including no more than 2 white-tipped doves per day; 24 in aggregate including no more than 4 white-tipped doves in possession.

4. Boundary Change: “… south and west of a line beginning at the International Toll Bridge in Del Rio; thence northeast along U.S. Highway 277 Spur to U.S. Highway 90 in Del Rio; thence east along U.S. Highway 90 to Interstate Highway 35; thence south along Interstate Highway 35 to State Highway 44; thence east along State Highway 44 to State Highway 16 at Freer; thence south along State Highway 16 to State Highway 285 at Hebbronville; thence east along State Highway 285 to FM 1017; thence southeast along FM 1017 to State Highway 186 at Linn; thence east along State Highway 186 to the Mansfield Channel at Port Mansfield; thence east along the Mansfield Channel to the Gulf.”

II. Teal (blue-winged, green-winged, and cinnamon).

A. Statewide:

1. Dates: 16 consecutive days beginning on the second Saturday in September (Sept. 11 - 26, 2004).

2. Shooting hours: one-half hour before sunrise to sunset.

3. Bag and possession limits: 4 and 8 in the aggregate, respectively.

III. Rails.

A. Statewide:

1. Dates: 16 consecutive days (Sept. 11 - 26, 2004) and 54 consecutive days beginning October 16 (Oct. 16 - Dec. 8, 2004).

2. Shooting hours: one-half hour before sunrise to sunset.

3. Bag and possession limits:

a. King and clapper rails: 15 and 30, respectively.

b. Sora and Virginia rails: 25 and 25, respectively.

IV. Gallinules. All species (common moorhen and purple gallinule).

A. Statewide:

1. Dates: 16 consecutive days (Sept. 11 - 26, 2004) and 54 consecutive days beginning October 16 (Oct. 16 - Dec. 8, 2004).

2. Shooting hours: one-half hour before sunrise to sunset.

3. Bag and possession limits: 15 and 30, respectively.

V Woodcock

A. Statewide

1. Dates: 45 consecutive days beginning Saturday, December 18 (Dec. 18, 2004 - Jan. 31, 2005).

2. Shooting hours: one-half hour before sunrise to sunset.

3. Bag and possession limits: 3 and 6, respectively.

VI. Wilson’s snipe (Common snipe or jacksnipe)

A. Statewide

1. Dates: 107 consecutive days beginning Saturday, October 16 (Oct. 16, 2004– Jan. 30, 2005).

2. Shooting hours: one-half hour before sunrise to sunset.

3. Bag and possession limits: 8 and 16, respectively.

VII. Sandhill crane

A Zone A

1. Dates: 93 consecutive days beginning Saturday, November 6 (Nov. 6, 2004 - Feb. 6, 2005).

2. Shooting hours: one-half hour before sunrise to sunset.

3. Bag and possession limits: 3 and 6, respectively.

B. Zone B

1. Dates: 72 consecutive days beginning Saturday, November 27 (Nov. 27, 2004 - Feb. 6, 2005).

2. Shooting hours: one-half hour before sunrise to sunset.

3. Bag and possession limits: 3 and 6, respectively.

C. Zone C

1. Dates: 30 consecutive days beginning Saturday, December 18 (Dec. 18 - Jan. 16, 2005).

2. Shooting hours: one-half hour before sunrise to sunset.

3. Bag and possession limits: 2 and 4, respectively.

VIII. Red-billed pigeon, band-tailed pigeons, and shorebirds: No open season.

IX. Eurasian collared doves and rock doves (domestic pigeons) are not protected. There are no season length or bag limit restrictions.

X. Dove, snipe, rail, gallinule and woodcock hunting regulations are similar to last year's except for proposed boundary change between the Central and South dove hunting zones and inclusion of a larger area within the Special Whitewing hunting area. These proposed changes are proposed by sportsmen organizations SCOT and the Game Bird Advisory Board and Commission Chairman, respectively for purposes of equitable distribution of hunting opportunity. A biological assessment of the impacts on breeding populations of mourning doves has not been conducted. Commission policy for the dove season opening dates for the North and Central Zones is Sept. 1 regardless of the day of the week and the first Friday after Sept. 20 in the South Zone. Hunting rules for all other migratory game birds including sandhill cranes will be enacted by the Commission on August 26, 2004.


Commission Agenda Item No. 4
Exhibit B

2004-05 Late Season

2004-05 Late Season -- A. Ducks
Zone Hunt Type Dates Bag Limit
High Plains Mallard Management Unit Youth Oct. 16-17 Duck Daily Bag Limit: The daily bag limit for ducks is 6 and can include no more than 5 mallards or Mexican mallards (Mexican ducks), only 2 of which may be hens; 3 scaup (lesser scaup and greater scaup in the aggregate); 2 wood ducks; 2 redheads and 1 mottled duck. One pintail and one canvasback may be taken during that portion of the season that they are legal pintails are legal (see below).
Possession Limit: Twice the daily bag limit.
Pintail and Canvasback Season:
South Zone-Dec. 16-Jan. 16
North and HPMMU: Dec. 23-Jan. 30
High Plains Mallard Management Unit Regular Gun Oct. 23-25
Nov. 1-Jan. 25
North Youth Oct. 30-31
North Regular Nov. 13-14
Nov. 20-Jan. 30
North Falconry Jan. 31-Feb. 14
South Youth Oct. 18-19
South Regular Gun Oct. 30-31
Nov. 6-Jan. 16
South Falconry Jan. 17-Jan. 31

Committee Agenda Item No. 5
Presenter: Vickie Fite

Regulations Committee
Open Hunting Seasons on Public Hunting Lands
Candidate State Parks for Public Hunting
April 2004

II. Discussion: Parks and Wildlife Code, Chapter 12, Subchapter A, provides that a tract of land purchased primarily for a purpose authorized by the code may be used for any authorized function of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department if the commission determines that multiple use is the best utilization of the land's resources. Additionally, Chapter 81, Subchapter E of the code provides the commission with the authority to establish open seasons, and authorizes the Executive Director to determine bag limits, means and methods, and conditions for the taking of wildlife resources on wildlife management and public hunting areas. Chapter 62, Subchapter D, provides authority to the Commission to prescribe seasons, number, size, kind, sex and the means and methods for the taking of any wildlife on state parks. Chapter 42, §42.0177, authorizes the Commission to modify or eliminate the tagging requirements of Chapter 42.

Attachments - 1

1. Exhibit A - Proposed State Park Hunts for 2004-2005


Commission Agenda Item No. 5
Exhibit A

Proposed State Park Hunts for 2004-2005

No. PARK SPECIES/HUNT TYPE SPECIAL HUNT CATEGORY TYPE PERMIT # PERMITS PROPOSED HUNT DATES Visitation Restriction
1 Atlanta Deer and feral hogs GDA Special 39 Nov. 30-Dec. 2, 7-9, 14-16 Y
               
2 Big Bend Ranch Deer and unlimited exotics GDE Special 10 Nov. 27- Dec. 1 partial
  Big Bend Ranch Javelina GJE Special 30 Nov. 14-16, Dec. 12-14, Jan. 15-17 partial
  Big Bend Ranch Quail   APH/OSR N/A Nov. 4-6, Dec. 9-11, Jan. 19-21 partial
               
3 Brazos Bend Deer and feral hogs GDE Special 120 Nov. 9-11, 16-18, Dec. 7-9 Y
               
4 Bryan Beach Mourning dove   APH N/A each day of South Zone season N
  Bryan Beach Waterfowl: Early Teal   APH N/A each day of the Early Teal season. N
  Bryan Beach Waterfowl Youth   APH N/A each day of the special youth season N
  Bryan Beach Waterfowl: duck   APH N/A each day of the South Zone season. N
  Bryan Beach Waterfowl: goose   APH N/A concurrent with duck hunts then every day of the Eastern Zone season + any special conservation seasons. N
  Bryan Beach Rails, Gallinules & Snipe   APH N/A Concurrent with waterfowl hunts during open season dates . N
               
5 Caddo Lake SP/ WMA Deer and feral hogs   APH N/A Oct. 2-29 N
  Caddo Lake SP/ WMA Deer and feral hogs GDA Special 40 Jan. 17-19, 21-23 N
  Caddo Lake SP/ WMA Deer and feral hogs   APH N/A Nov. 6- Jan. 2 N
  Caddo Lake SP/ WMA Deer and Feral hogs Youth   APH N/A Oct. 30-31, Jan. 15-16 N
  Caddo Lake SP/ WMA Squirrel and feral hogs   APH N/A Oct. 1-Feb. 6 and May 1-31 N
  Caddo Lake SP/ WMA Squirrel Youth/Adult   APH N/A Sept. 25-26 N
  Caddo Lake SP/ WMA Quail   APH N/A Oct. 30-Feb. 27 N
  Caddo Lake SP/ WMA Spring turkey   APH N/A Apr. 11-24  
  Caddo Lake SP/ WMA Mourning Dove   APH N/A each day of the Central Zone season N
  Caddo Lake SP/ WMA Waterfowl- Teal   APH N/A each day of the Early Teal season N
  Caddo Lake SP/ WMA Waterfowl- ducks   APH N/A each day of the North Zone season N
  Caddo Lake SP/ WMA Waterfowl- geese   APH N/A each day of the Eastern Zone + any special conservation season N
  Caddo Lake SP/ WMA Waterfowl- ducks Youth   APH N/A North Zone Youth season dates N
  Caddo Lake SP/ WMA Rails & Gallinules   APH N/A each day of the season N
  Caddo Lake SP/ WMA Snipe   APH N/A each day of the season N
  Caddo Lake SP/ WMA Woodcock   APH N/A each day of the season N
  Caddo Lake SP/ WMA Furbearers   APH N/A Nov. 1- Mar. 31 N
  Caddo Lake SP/ WMA Frogs, rabbits, hares & predators   APH N/A no closed season N
  Caddo Lake SP/ WMA fishing   none N/A no closed season N
               
6 Caprock Canyons Deer and feral hogs GDE Special 6 Dec. 1-3 Y
  Caprock Canyons Exotics and feral hogs EXO Special 20 Jan. 5-7, 19-21 Y
               
7 Choke Canyon - Calliham Unit Deer, Javelina and feral hogs GDA Special 12 Jan. 3-7, 10-14, 17-21 partial
               
8 Choke Canyon - N. Shore Unit Deer, feral hogs and coyotes GDE Special 36 Nov. 5-7, 12-14, 19-21 N
  Choke Canyon - N. Shore Unit Deer, feral hogs & coyotes Youth YDE Special 6 Nov. 26-28 N
               
9 Colorado Bend Deer, exotics and feral hogs GDE Special 60 Dec. 1-3, 8-10, 15-17 Y
  Colorado Bend Deer, exotics and feral hogs GDA Special 60 Jan. 5-7, 12-14, 19-21 Y
  Colorado Bend Deer, exotics & feral hogs Youth YDE Special 10 Dec. 28-30 Y
               
10 Cooper Lake- South Sulphur Unit Deer and feral hogs   APH/OSR N/A Dec. 4-19 partial
               
11 Davis Mountains Javelina GJE Special 20 Jan. 10-12, 12-14, 17-19, 19-21 partial
               
12 Devil's River Exotics EXO Special 40 Jan. 10-12, 12-14 Y
               
13 Devil's Sinkhole Deer, exotics and feral hogs ADE Special 20 Oct. 18-22 Y
  Devil's Sinkhole Deer, exotics and feral hogs GDE Special 12 Nov. 1-3 Y
  Devil's Sinkhole Deer, exotics and feral hogs GDA Special 12 Nov. 8-10 Y
               
14 Martin Dies Jr. Squirrel Youth   Reg/APH-OSR   Dec. 4, 5, 11 partial
               
15 Enchanted Rock Deer, exotics and feral hogs GDA Special 45 Jan. 5-7, 10-12, 12-14 Y
  Enchanted Rock Deer, exotics and feral hogs GDE Special 15 Jan. 3-5 Y
               
16 Fairfield Lake Deer and feral hogs GDA Special 80 Dec. 6-8, 8-10, Jan. 3-5, 5-7 Y
               
17 Fort Boggy Deer, feral hogs and coyotes ADE Special 30 Oct. 11-13, 13-15 Y
  Fort Boggy Deer, feral hogs and coyotes GDE Special 30 Dec. 13-15, 15-17 Y
               
18 Garner Deer, exotics & feral hogs Youth YDA Special 10 Dec. 4-5 Y
  Garner Deer, exotics and feral hogs GDA Special 45 Dec. 6-8, 8-10, 13-15, 15-17 Y
               
19 Guadalupe River Deer, exotics and feral hogs GDE Special 50 Dec. 13-17, Jan. 3-7 Y
  Guadalupe River Deer, exotics and feral hogs GDA Special 50 Dec. 6-10, Jan. 10-14 Y
               
20 Guadalupe River North Deer, exotics and feral hogs ADE Special 10 Oct. 4-8, 11-15 Partial
  Guadalupe River North Deer, exotics and feral hogs GDE Special 5 Nov. 8-12 Partial
  Guadalupe River North Deer, exotics and feral hogs GDA Special 5 Nov. 15-19 Partial
  Guadalupe River North Exotic EXO Special 5 Jan. 31- Feb 4 Partial
  Guadalupe River North Spring Turkey Youth YTS Special 5 Apr. 2-3 Partial
               
21 Hill Country Deer and feral hogs ADE Special 30 Jan. 10-13 Y
  Hill Country Deer and feral hogs GDE Special 30 Jan. 24-27 Y
  Hill Country Deer and feral hogs GDA Special 60 Dec. 6-9, 13-16 Y
               
22 Honey Creek Deer, exotics and feral hogs GDE Special 20 Dec. 13-17, Jan. 3-7 Y
  Honey Creek Deer, exotics and feral hogs GDA Special 20 Dec. 6-10, Jan. 10-14 Y
  Honey Creek Deer, exotics & feral hogs Youth YDE Special 20 Dec. 4-5, Jan. 8-9, 15-16 Y
  Honey Creek Exotics and feral hogs EXO Special 5 Jan. 31-Feb. 4 Y
               
23 Huntsville Deer and feral hogs GDA Special 45 Jan. 3-5, 5-7, 12-14 Y
  Huntsville Deer and feral hogs Youth YDE Special 15 Dec. 28-30 Y
  Huntsville Squirrel   Reg/APH-OSR   Dec. 7, 8 Y
               
24/25 Inks Lake/Longhorn Caverns Deer and feral hogs GDE Special 10 Dec. 8-10 partial
  Inks Lake/Longhorn Caverns Deer and feral hogs GDA Special 40 Dec. 15-17, Jan. 5-7, 12-14, 19-21 partial
  Inks Lake/Longhorn Caverns Deer and feral hogs Youth YDE Special 10 Dec. 29-31 partial
               
26 Kickapoo Caverns Deer and feral hogs GDE Special 20 Dec. 6-8 Y
  Kickapoo Caverns Deer and feral hogs GDA Special 25 Dec. 13-15 Y
  Kickapoo Caverns Deer and feral hogs Youth YDE Special 15 Dec. 11-12 Y
               
27 Lake Brownwood Deer and feral hogs ADE Special 5 Jan. 4-6 Y
  Lake Brownwood Deer and feral hogs GDE Special 15 Jan. 11-13, 18-20, 25-27 Y
               
28 Lake Houston Deer and feral hogs GDE Special 15 Jan. 3-5 partial
  Lake Houston Deer and feral hogs GDA Special 15 Jan. 10-12 partial
  Lake Houston Deer and feral hogs Youth YDE Special 15 Dec. 29-31 partial
  Lake Houston Squirrel & rabbit   APH-OSR/ Reg N/A Dec. 6-10 (a.m. only hunts) Y
               
29 Lake Mineral Wells Deer and feral hogs GDA Special 20 Dec. 14-16, 27-29 partial
               
30 Lake Bob Sandlin Deer and feral hogs GDA Special 6 Dec. 7-9 Y
               
31 Lake Somerville Deer, feral hogs and coyotes GDE Special 30 Nov. 9-11 partial
  Lake Somerville Deer, feral hogs & coyotes Youth YDE Special 30 Dec. 18-19 partial
  Lake Somerville Waterfowl   APH N/A Early Teal and regular North Zone duck seasons partial
               
32 Lake Whitney Deer, exotics and feral hogs GDE special 10 Jan. 12-14 Y
  Lake Whitney Deer, exotics and feral hogs GDA special 10 Jan. 10-12 Y
               
33 Lost Maples Deer, exotics and feral hogs GDE Special 24 Jan. 5-7, 12-14, 19-21 Y
  Lost Maples Deer, feral hogs & coyotes Youth YDE Special 6 Dec. 21-22 Y
               
34 Matagorda Island Deer and feral hogs GDE Special 25 Nov. 19-21 partial
  Matagorda Island Deer and feral hogs GDA Special 75 Dec. 3-5, 17-19, 31- Jan. 2 partial
  Matagorda Island Feral hog GFH Special 50 Jan. 14-16, 28-31 partial
  Matagorda Island Dove   Reg/APH N/A Sept. 24-26, Oct. 1-3 partial
  Matagorda Island Waterfowl   Reg/APH N/A only on Sat. and Sun., a.m. only, during South Zone season for duck partial
               
35 Mother Neff (prairie area ) Dove   APH N/A Sept. 1-3, 7-10, 13-17, 20-24, 27- Oct. 1 partial
               
36 Pedernales Falls Deer, exotics and feral hogs GDE Special 15 Jan. 11-13 Y
  Pedernales Falls Deer, exotics and feral hogs GDA Special 15 Jan. 25-27 Y
               
37 Pedernales Falls Annex Deer, exotics and feral hogs ADE Special 6 Oct. 7-11, 21-25 N
  Pedernales Falls Annex Deer, exotics and feral hogs GDE Special 6 Nov. 4-8, 18-22 N
               
38 Possum Kingdom Deer, exotics & feral hogs Youth YDE Special 12 Dec. 20-21, 28-29 partial
               
39 Resaca de la Palma Feral hog GFH Special 18 Mar. 4-6, 11-13, 18-20 N
  Resaca de la Palma White-winged dove   APH-OSR/ Reg N/A each day of the special ww dove season N
  Resaca de la Palma Mourning dove   APH N/A each day of the South Zone season. N
  Resaca de la Palma Quail   APH N/A Oct. 30- Feb. 27 N
  Resaca de la Palma Rabbits and hares   APH N/A concurrent with dove and quail N
               
40 San Angelo Deer and feral hogs GDE Special 60 Dec. 1-3 N
  San Angelo Deer and feral hogs GDA Special 60 Nov. 16-18 N
  San Angelo Deer and feral hogs Youth YDA Special 60 Nov. 13-14 N
  San Angelo Turkey GTS Special 40 Apr. 8-10, 15-17 N
  San Angelo Archery Deer/Turkey   APH/OSR   Oct. 2-31 N
  San Angelo Dove, rabbit, squirrel, & waterfowl   APH/OSR N/A Sept 1-30, on season dates open for each species on these dates. N
  San Angelo Dove, quail, rabbit, squirrel, & waterfowl   APH/OSR N/A Dec. 11- Feb. 27, on season dates open for each species on these dates. N
               
41 Sea Rim Alligator Youth YAL Special 6 Sept. 11-12 Sat. - Sun. N
  Sea Rim Waterfow- Teal   APH N/A each day of the Early Teal season, ends at noon N
  Sea Rim Waterfowl   APH N/A Open on Sun, Wed, and Fri of the general South Zone season N
  Sea Rim Rail,Gallinule and snipe   APH N/A concurrent with Teal and waterfowl dates N
  Sea Rim Waterfowl Youth   APH N/A each day of the special youth season, ends at noon N
  Sea Rim Feral Hog Archery   APH N/A date following close of Reg. Wf season through Mar. 1 in marsh N. of Hwy 87 N
               
42 Seminole Canyon Deer and feral hogs GDE special 16 Dec. 6-8, 8-10, 13-15, 15-17 Y
               
43 South Llano Deer, exotics and feral hogs GDA Special 32 Jan. 3-5, 5-7, 10-12, 12-14 Y
               
44 Tony Houseman Feral hog   APH N/A Oct. 1- Mar. 31 N
  Tony Houseman Furbearers/Predators   APH N/A Oct. 1- Mar. 31 N
  Tony Houseman Squirrel   APH N/A Oct. 1-Feb. 6, May 1-31 N
  Tony Houseman Youth squirrel   APH N/A Sept. 25-26 N
  Tony Houseman Waterfow- Teal   APH early each day of the Early Teal season N
  Tony Houseman Waterfowl: duck & goose   APH N/A Open each day of the North Zone season. N
  Tony Houseman Rabbits and hares   APH N/A no closed season N
  Tony Houseman Fish, frogs, crayfish   APH N/A no closed season N
  Tony Houseman Youth waterfowl   APH N/A South Zone Youth season dates N
  Tony Houseman Dove   APH N/A each day of the Central Zone season. N

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