LAMPS Antlerless Permit Applications Available

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Texas Parks and Wildlife Department is accepting applications for antlerless deer permits for the 2003-04 hunting season under LAMPS (Landowner Assisted Management Permitting System). The LAMPS program was initiated in 1993 to offer East Texas landowners and hunters additional opportunities for harvesting antlerless deer.

Many counties in East Texas allow the harvest of antlerless deer "by permit only," or during a few select "doe days." However, LAMPS permits allow antlerless deer to be hunted the entire general season with minimal reporting requirements.

Persons interested in enrolling a property in the LAMPS program should recognize there are minimum qualification requirements. Permission from the landowner must be obtained before applying for permits if the person applying is not the landowner. The property must be in one of the more than 50 East Texas counties in the program. Additionally, the property must meet the minimum acreage requirement for the county. The minimum acreage requirement varies from county to county, but usually ranges from 50-200 acres.

To guarantee receipt of permits by the opening day of the general season, applications must be postmarked by appropriate deadlines starting Sept. 1. For more details, visit the Web site. For information about minimum acreage requirements and application material call the LAMPS office at (409) 489-0823 or check the LAMPS Web site (www.tpwd.state.tx.us/conserve/lamps.htm).