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TPWD News Release — Jan. 29, 2007

TPWD Proposing To Adjust Spring Turkey Season

AUSTIN, Texas -- The proposal, which was presented to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission’s Regulations Committee along with several other suggested changes to the 2007-08 Statewide Hunting and Fishing Proclamation, would open the South Zone season for Rio Grande turkeys two weeks earlier than in recent years and open the North Zone one week later than normal.

“Two years ago, we simplified the season by combining the North and South Zones and added a week to the overall length,” Mike Berger, TPWD Wildlife Division Director explained. “After re-evaluating this move, we’ve opted to move the South Zone up to the Saturday nearest March 18 and the North Zone to open the Saturday nearest April 7. Both zones would retain a 44-day season length.”

Berger said the proposed change would increase hunter opportunity by allowing hunters to take advantage of peak gobbling activity, which varies annually across Texas depending on weather conditions. “Since the spring Rio Grande hunting season is limited to only male birds (gobblers) there is little potential for harm to turkey production, given the way landowners manage turkey hunting in the spring,” ,” Berger went on to note. “Varying the opening date will allow hunters a longer window of opportunity to be in the field when peak gobbling occurs.”

“Since the spring Rio Grande hunting season is limited to only male birds (gobblers) there is little potential for harm to turkey production, given the way landowners manage turkey hunting in the spring,” ,” Berger went on to note. “Varying the opening date will allow hunters a longer window of opportunity to be in the field when peak gobbling occurs.”

In addition to the spring turkey season adjustment proposal, wildlife officials are seeking public input and commission guidance on several other recommendations, including:

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 www.tpwd.state.tx.us/business/feedback/public_comment. In addition, a series of public meetings is scheduled across the state during March to take public comment. Following is a calendar of upcoming public meetings.

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