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TPWD Proposes Changes to Mule Deer, Pronghorn Seasons

The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department is considering an experimental landowner controlled harvest pronghorn buck season. Wildlife officials are also proposing an extension of mule deer season under Managed Lands Deer Permits as part of recommended changes to the 2013-14 Statewide Hunting Proclamation.

TPWD staff recommended extending mule deer season on MLDP properties through the end of January. Staff also proposed implementing an experimental pronghorn buck-only harvest under the existing season length and bag limit without permit requirements in three herd units in the Panhandle.

The potential changes are intended to increase recreational opportunity, decrease regulatory complexity where possible and provide for the sound biological management of the wildlife resources of the state.

Comments on the proposed rules may be submitted by phone or e-mail to Robert Macdonald (512) 389-4775; e-mail: robert.macdonald@tpwd.state.tx.us, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, 4200 Smith School Road, Austin, Texas 78744. Comments may also be submitted through the department’s Internet web site and at upcoming public meetings to be scheduled around the state.

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