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[ Media Contact: Steve Lightfoot, 512-389-4701, steve.lightfoot@tpwd.texas.gov ] [SL]
Aug. 23, 2013
Texas Sets Waterfowl Seasons for 2013-14
Canvasback bag raised for first time since 1964; possession limits increased
AUSTIN - For the first time in a half century, Texas waterfowlers can take two canvasbacks daily under migratory game bird seasons approved for the 2013-14 by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission.
The increase comes with news of healthy waterfowl populations, with all species except pintail and scaup numbering above the long term goals identified in the North American Waterfowl Management Plan.
"Overall, waterfowl are doing quite well," Kevin Kraai, Waterfowl Program Leader for the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department told commissioners. "We're near record levels and in some instances in the glory days for ducks."
The commission also adopted a staggered split between the North and South Zones to allow for the opportunity of an additional week for those waterfowlers who travel between zones.
In another change to the season framework that should be welcomed by hunters, the possession limits for all migratory game birds is now three times the daily limit. For ducks, including teal during the early Sept. 14-29 season, the possession limit is 18.
The only decrease in bag limit configuration involves scaup, with a reduction to three daily. Following are the adopted season dates and limits:
2013-14 Migratory Game Bird Seasons
Ducks
--High Plains Mallard Management Unit: Youth: Oct. 19 -- Oct. 20; Regular: Oct. 26 -- Oct. 27 and Nov. 1 -- Jan. 26; "Dusky" Duck: Nov. 4 -- Jan. 26.
--South Zone: Youth: Oct. 26 -- Oct. 27; Regular: Nov. 2 -- Dec. 1 and Dec. 14 -- Jan. 26; "Dusky" Duck: Nov. 7 -- Dec. 1 and Dec. 14 -- Jan. 26.
--North Zone: Youth: Oct. 26 -- Oct. 27 ; Regular: Nov. 2 -- Dec. 8 and Dec. 21 -- Jan. 26; "Dusky" Duck: Nov. 7 -- Dec. 8 and Dec. 21 -- Jan. 26.
Bag Limit: 6/day in the aggregate to include no more than 3 wood ducks, 3 scaup, 5 mallards, of which only 2 may be hens, 2 redheads, 2 pintail , 2 canvasback, 1 "dusky duck" (mottled, black or Mexican-like) after the first 5 days. Mergansers: 5/day with no more than 2 hooded merganser. Coots: 15/day
Geese
--East Zone: Light Geese Nov. 2 -- Jan. 26, Canada Geese Nov. 2 -- Jan. 26; White-fronted Geese: Nov. 2 -- Jan. 12; Light Geese Conservation Order Jan. 27 -- Mar. 23.
--Bag Limit: 3 Canada geese, 2 White-fronted geese, 20 light geese (no possession limit).
--West Zone: Light Geese Nov. 2 -- Feb. 2; Dark Geese Nov. 2 -- Feb. 2; Light Geese Conservation Order Feb. 3 -- Mar. 23.
Bag Limit: 5 dark geese with no more than one white-fronted goose, 20 light geese (no possession limit).
Sandhill Crane
--Zone A: Nov. 2- Feb. 2.Bag Limit: 3.
--Zone B: Nov. 22-Feb. 2. Bag Limit: 3.
--Zone C: Dec. 21 -Jan. 26. Bag Limit: 2.
Falconry
--North and South Duck Zones: Jan. 27 -- Feb. 10.
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[ Media Contact: Steve Lightfoot, 512-389-4701, steve.lightfoot@tpwd.texas.gov ] [SL]
Aug. 23, 2013
Use of Dogs Only to Trail Wounded Deer Approved in 12 More Texas Counties
AUSTIN - Hunters will be allowed to use up to two dogs only to trail a wounded deer in 12 additional counties in East Texas during the 2013-14 deer season under a rule change approved by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission.
The rule change does not legalize the use of dogs to hunt, pursue or take deer; that practice remains illegal statewide in Texas. Hunters are allowed to use up to two dogs only for the purpose of trailing a wounded deer in all but 10 Texas counties. Counties where the practice of trailing wounded deer with dogs remains prohibited include: Angelina, Hardin, Jasper, Nacogdoches, Newton, Orange, Sabine, San Augustine, Shelby and Tyler.
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[ Media Contact: Mike Cox, 512-389-8046, mike.cox@tpwd.texas.gov ]
Aug. 23, 2013
Streamlined Texas Hunter Education Process Approved
AUSTIN - Starting this fall, new hunters who need to complete the state's required hunter education will have expanded options designed to be more convenient, flexible and accessible.
The Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission Thursday approved additional options for hunter education certification, including a streamlined, one-day basic course reducing the mandatory hours of classroom instruction from 10 to a maximum of 6 hours and creating an option for anyone 17 years of age or older to take the hunting safety training completely online. The new options should be available by late September. The combination online home study and 4 to 5 hour skills field day course will still be offered, as well as advanced hunter education available as part of high school and college courses across the state.
Anyone born after Sept. 1, 1971, must successfully complete a hunter education training course or purchase a one-time deferral good for one license year in order to hunt legally in Texas.
Based on 16 pilot classes held earlier this summer to assess new options, the core curriculum of the streamlined course brings an even sharper focus on the key reason behind the training requirement - improved hunter safety. Since mandatory hunter education first started in 1988, the number of hunting accidents and hunting fatalities has steadily declined to less than 3 per 100,000 hunters. Accidents involving those who had completed hunter education training are only in the single digits each year.
The basic course will be streamlined to cover only essential skills of safe, legal and ethical hunting.
To pass the current course options, students must get 70 percent correct if they take the traditional two-day course or 80 percent if they take the course online. Under the new system, the passing grade for all options will be a minimum score of 75 percent.
The certification is valid for life and is honored in all other states and provinces.
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