Texas Hunting News

Dry Conditions Could Affect Spring Turkey Hunting
Despite dry conditions across Texas, prospects for this year’s spring turkey season remain promising, thanks to a carryover of mature gobblers, according to Texas Parks and Wildlife Department biologists.
Archery Tournament Jump-Starts Shooting Sports Ed
More than 120 student archers from 13 public, private and charter schools descended on Temple Feb. 24 for the first annual Texas Archery in Schools Program tournament. Students from Holloway Middle School, Grandview ISD, Wimberly Junior High and Crockett High School took top honors.
Input Sought on Land Transfers Near Brownwood
Texas Parks and Wildlife Department is seeking public input on two proposed land transfers involving Lake Brownwood State Park near Brownwood and the World Birding Center at Estero Llano Grande State Park near Weslaco.
Elk May Blaze the Animal ID Trail
Elk being moved in Texas will sport a radio frequency identification (RFID) ear tag beginning after the first of the year, if commissioners for the Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC) adopt regulations proposed for tracking the animals for disease control, including chronic wasting disease (CWD), a fatal brain disorder. About 300 producers in the state own elk, which are classified as exotic livestock in Texas and are under the jurisdiction of the TAHC, the state’s livestock and poultry health regulatory agency. Premises and animal identification and record keeping requirements will extend to all of the animals’ movements in commerce.
TPWD Unveils Possible Hunting Rule Changes
The success of resource management efforts on a variety of fronts has led Texas Parks and Wildlife Department biologists to recommend several possible changes to next year’s hunting regulations. Among the topics being considered include: an expansion of special regulations affecting the harvest of whitetail bucks based on antler characteristics and creation of an upland game bird management permit program.
Big Time Hunts Application Deadline
The Lone Star State boasts some of the finest hunting anywhere in the country, and the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s Big Time Texas Hunts offer hunters a chance to experience the best of the best. But, you can’t have a shot at the action if you don’t apply and deadline for entries is Nov. 5.
Time To Apply For Drawings On Public Hunting Lands
With the fall hunting season looming on the horizon, now’s the time to apply for drawn public hunts. For over 50 years, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department has been offering quality, affordable hunting experiences through the special drawings for hunts offered through the department’s Public Hunting Program.
Hunters Reminded About Mandatory Education, Deferrals
Hunter education is more than a legal requirement in Texas–statistics show it saves lives. People getting ready for fall hunting are reminded of two things: those who purchased hunter education deferrals last year will need hunter education this year, and there are hundreds of courses scheduled across Texas where they can fulfill that requirement.
Wildlife Research Highlighted in New Report
Quail, wild turkeys, doves, bighorn sheep, bison, deer, coyotes, alligators, fish and snakes all have one thing in common — these species and others are the focus for research by Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s Wildlife Division.
Changes in Deer Regulations Could Affect Hunting Plans
Although the season is still months away, many Texas hunters are starting to make deer hunting plans. Changes to hunting regulations this year could affect those preparations, according to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.