The Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission has extended mule deer and squirrel hunting seasons in several counties.
The Commission voted last Thursday to approve the 2014-15 season changes, which will mostly affect counties in east and north-central Texas.
The expansion includes an archery-only open season and 16-day general season for mule deer in Knox County, and a nine-day general season for mule deer in Castro, Hale and Lubbock counties.
Good news for Texas squirrel hunters: the Commission also extended the squirrel hunting season in 51 east Texas counties to the end of February. Hunters can now hunt squirrels with air rifles that meet the 600 fps minimum standard, are fired from the shoulder, and use at least .177 caliber ammunition. The new regulations also remove the bag and possession limit for squirrels in 12 north-central counties.
All of the new hunting regulations will take effect on Sept. 1.
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