Texas mule deer, pronghorn hunting regulation changes approved

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The Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission approved an experimental pronghorn buck season in some areas of the Panhandle, which would allow landowners to control the harvest of buck pronghorn antelope.

In addition, an extension to the existing mule deer managed lands deer permits season will be part of changes to the upcoming 2013-14 Statewide Hunting Proclamation, according to a news release.

Under current regulations, TPWD determines the harvest quota and issues permits directly to landowners for surplus pronghorn. With the new pronghorn rules, landowners or their agents within selected pronghorn management units in the northeast and northwest Panhandle would determine the harvest quota and control buck pronghorn harvest on their property during the three-year pilot project, according to the release.

The goal of the project is to simplify pronghorn hunting regulations and increase hunting opportunity in areas with stable populations. Wildlife officials closely will monitor pronghorn herds during the project to ensure populations remain healthy.

TPWD also is extending the mule deer season on MLDP properties through the last Sunday in January while maintaining the current opening date (first Saturday in November).

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Will Leschper is founder of The Texas Outdoor Digest. He has been recognized for Excellence in Craft by the Outdoor Writers Association of America and the Texas Outdoor Writers Association. He is Conservation Editor of Texas Fish & Game Magazine and is a regular contributor to the Journal of the Texas Trophy Hunters, in addition to writing for plenty of of now-defunct publications.

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