Texas Hunting News

Chronic Wasting Disease Planning Accelerated
The discovery of Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) in a wild mule deer in southern New Mexico last month has lent new urgency to Texas plans to detect and control the illness that affects deer and elk, if and when it is found in Texas. On June 17, tissue collected from a mule deer on the White Sands Missile Range tested positive for CWD, the first confirmed case in New Mexico.
Drought Tightens Grip
May is usually the wettest month of the year in Texas, but this May was the driest in 108 years. And the past six months have collectively been the 25th driest on record. The TPWD is watching fish and wildlife carefully. "When we have a drought, some of the first impacts will occur on fish and wildlife so we've set up a program to monitor it as well as we can," said Larry McKinney, Ph.D, TPWD senior division director and director of resource protection.
Commission Postpones New CWD Rules
The Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission has postponed taking action to further restrict movement of white-tailed and mule deer, applauding a cooperative effort between state officials and scientific breeder permit holders to develop a monitoring program for safeguarding Texas' multi-billion dollar hunting and livestock industry against Chronic Wasting Disease.
Meat Processor Indicted
A Dallas mesquite meat market owner and employee have been indicted on felony charges for illegal commercial waste disposal and another employee pled guilty to a lesser charge after Texas Parks and Wildlife Department investigators collected evidence alleging that the men dumped white-tailed deer carcasses from more than 700 animals near streams that feed Lake Tawakoni.
Public Input on Hunting
The first step toward ensuring a healthy future for hunting in Texas is up to Texans. By attending upcoming public meetings around the state or participating in an online survey, citizens can help shape the strategies needed to maintain the state's hunting heritage.
West Texas Deer Study Group
The economics of deer versus livestock in the Rolling Plains, the potential implications of Chronic Wasting Disease in the Panhandle and a look at several deer management case studies are among the offerings during the 5th Annual West Texas Deer Study Group meeting here May 29-30. Those interested can pre-register during the next couple of weeks.
Deer Importation Suspended
Recognizing that the threat of Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) is not likely to go away anytime soon, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission voted April 4 to close Texas borders to all importation of live white-tailed and mule deer until further notice. The suspension of importation applies only to live animals and will not prevent hunters from bringing legally harvested game into Texas. The board's action solidifies a March 11 emergency suspension of deer importation.
Rewards for Reporting Importation Breakers
To help enforce Texas Parks and Wildlife's recent suspension on white-tailed and mule deer importation, Texas' privately funded wildlife "crime stoppers" program, 'Operation Game Thief,' is offering rewards of up to $10,000 for information that results in the arrest and conviction of those violating the suspension on importation. The TPW Commission's action to suspend the importation was taken in consideration of the recent emergence and spread of Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD), which has been documented in several other states in both captive and free-ranging deer populations.
White-Tail Importation Suspended
In an action aimed at protecting the state's multi-billion dollar hunting and livestock industries against the threat of disease, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission voted during an emergency meeting here today to suspend the importation of white-tailed deer into Texas. The commissions actions comes quickly after South Dakota and Wisconsion both confirmed CWD in their wild white-tail herds.
TPW Seeks Public Input on Hunting Proposals
A unique set of provisions for harvesting buck deer in six counties tops this year's slate of proposed changes to Texas hunting and fishing regulations. Texas Parks and Wildlife will be seeking input on these and other recommendations at a series of upcoming public meetings scheduled around the state in the weeks ahead.