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Big Changes May Be Coming for Texas Turkey Hunters in 2015

Texas Parks and Wildlife is considering major changes to turkey hunting in East Texas. All Texas turkey hunters should follow these developments closely.

The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department is seriously considering closing spring turkey season in 11 counties this year. Additionally, the department is considering restructuring the season in two additional counties and extending the youth fall turkey season.

These new proposals, if passed, would close the spring turkey season in Angelina, Brazoria, Camp, Fort Bend, Franklin, Harrison, Hopkins, Morris, Titus, Trinity, and Wood counties. They would also close the season on National Forest lands in Jasper County.

Under the proposed regulations, the turkey season would also be restructured in Wharton and Matagorda counties. They would allow a 30 day spring season, with a bag limit of one gobbler and no mandatory harvest reporting.

Finally, these new regulations would add an additional 14 days to the fall youth turkey season in all counties that already have a Rio Grande fall turkey season. This fall youth turkey season would run concurrently with the youth deer season.

Texas turkey hunters may submit comments on the proposed rules to:

Robert Macdonald
Texas Parks and Wildlife Department
4200 Smith School Road
Austin, Texas 78744
Phone: (512) 389-4775
Email: robert.macdonald@tpwd.texas.gov

Hunters may also submit comments through the department’s website www.tpwd.texas.gov in February, once the proposals have been published in the Texas Register.

Texas turkey hunters may also submit comments at the following public hearings on Tuesday, March 3 at 7 p.m:

Zapata County Technical and Advanced Education Center
Room 128
605 N. US Hwy 83
Zapata, Texas 78076

Angelina County Courthouse
159th District Courtroom
215 E. Lufkin Avenue
Lufkin, Texas 75902

Finally, a live public hearing webinar will be held at noon on Friday, March 6. Details and instructions for participation in the online public hearing will be available on the TPWD website.

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Big Changes May Be Coming for Texas Turkey Hunters in 2015