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Media Contact: Steve Lightfoot, 512-389-4701, steve.lightfoot@tpwd.texas.gov

Jan. 31, 2005

TPWD Seeks Public Comment About Proposed Regulation Changes

AUSTIN, Texas — The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department is considering altering hunting and fishing regulations that could increase opportunity and simplify rules.

TPWD staff briefed the Regulations Committee of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission Jan. 26, about a series of issues that could result in changes to hunting and fishing regulations next season. Each year, TPWD considers changes in hunting and fishing regulations to achieve resource management objectives and maximize outdoor recreation opportunities consistent with good stewardship.

Among the most prominent proposals being considered continuing of special buck deer harvest regulations in six- Post Oak Savannah counties. Based on findings from a 3-year experiment in those counties, biologists believe the restrictions are helping create a healthy deer population.

According to the proposed regulations, hunters in the affected counties could harvest a buck only if it meets the following prerequisites:

For the 2005-06 hunting season, TPWD is proposing to add a second buck to the bag limit in counties with the special antler restrictions with one buck tag reserved for harvesting a deer with at least one unbranched antler. This alteration addresses biological concerns about inadvertently protecting spike bucks, according to Mitch Lockwood, TPWD White-tailed Deer program leader.

Austin, Colorado, Fayette, Lavaca, Lee and Washington counties would operate according to the buck antler restrictions and the proposal would also expand the coverage to 15 additional surrounding counties with similar deer population issues. The new counties being considered for the 2005-2006 season are Bastrop, Brazoria, Caldwell, DeWitt, Fort Bend, Goliad, Gonzalez, Guadalupe, Karnes, Jackson, Wilson, Matagorda, Victoria, Waller and Wharton.

Following is a summary of proposed changes:

Proposed Hunting Regulation Changes

White-Tailed Deer

Mule Deer

Turkey

Lesser Prairie Chicken

Proposed Fishing Regulation Changes

Lake Nasworthy (Tom Green County)

North and South Arms of the Concho River (Tom Green County)

Toledo Bend Reservoir

Proposed Coastal Fishing Regulation Changes

Public comment about these issues and others of interest may be made to TPWD, Regulatory Proposals Public Comment, 4200 Smith School Road, 78744, by phoning (800) 792-1112 or by visiting the Web (http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/).

TPWD Public Hearing Schedule — All Meetings Begin at 7 p.m.
DateCityLocation
March 9ShermanCounty Courthouse, West Courtroom, 2nd floor, 100 W. Houston St.
March 9SeguinSeguin Court House, 101 E. Court St.
March 9AlpineSchool Auditorium, AISD Administration Building, 704 West Sul Ross Ave.
March 10ParisCounty Courthouse, 231 Lamar Ave.
March 10HempsteadCounty Road & Bridge, 775 Business 290
March 10Van HornVan Horn Community Center, 400 Jones St.
March 14Nacogdoches101 W. Main, District Court Room
March 14Pampa218 N. Russell, Gray County Courthouse
March 14LaGrangeLa Grange Fire Hall, 155 E. Colorado
March 14Wichita FallsNW Texas Field & Stream Assoc. 2005 SW Pkwy.
March 15ChildressChildress County Courthouse, Commisioner's Courtroom, 100 Ave. E NW
March 15JeffersonCounty Courthouse Annex, 114 W. Austin St. Room 210
March 16SouthlakeCity of Southlake Office Bldg. 3rd Floor Training Room, 1400 Main St.
March 16New BostonCounty Courthouse, Central Jury Room, 1710 Bowie Dr.
March 16AspermontCourthouse Community Meeting Room, Hwy 83
March 16VictoriaPatti Dodson Health Center, 2805 N. Navarro
March 17San AngeloAngelo State University M.I.R. Center, 7945 Grape Creek Rd.
March 17LampasasCounty Courthouse, Dist Court Room
March 17DalhartDallum County Courthouse, 2nd Floor, 414 Denver
March 21Port IsabelCommunity Center, 213 Yturria
March 21PlainsPlains Community Building
March 21Sulphur SpringsCounty Courthouse, 118 Church St.
March 21DickinsonDickinson TPWD 1502 FM 517 East
March 21Ft. StocktonSmall Community Bldg. 109 Rooney St.
March 22Kennedy303 W. Main, Kennedy City Hall Auditorium
March 22Kerrville700 Main, Kerr County Courthouse, Court Room 2
March 22AndrewsCourthouse Annex, 215 NW 1st St.

SL 2005-01-31


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