Texas pronghorn antelope hunting to include experimental season

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Texas Parks & Wildlife Department
Texas Parks & Wildlife Department

This year’s pronghorn antelope season in the Texas Panhandle, which begins Saturday and runs through Oct. 6, will include an experimental framework that allows landowners to control harvest of buck pronghorn on their properties.

The experimental season will be in herd units 8, 17, and 25, which include portions of Dallam, Hartley, Sherman, Moore, Roberts and Gray counties.

The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department previoulsy determined the pronghorn harvest quota and issued permits directly to landowners. With the new pronghorn rules, landowners or their agents within selected pronghorn management units in the northeast and northwest Panhandle will determine the harvest quota and control buck pronghorn harvest on their property during a three-year pilot project.

Hunters are reminded they must receive landowner permission to access their property.

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

Hunters are required to present the intact, unfrozen head of harvested pronghorn at a mandatory check station within 24 hours of harvest so TPWD wildlife staff can collect essential biological information from the harvested animal.  These data will be analyzed annually to make sure populations remain healthy.  Check stations are at the following locations:

  • In Dalhart, at the park off of Lake Drive.  Check station is across from People’s Church, 1929 Apache Drive.
  • In Pampa, at Chisum Ranch office on Price Road, south of Highway 152.

Check stations will be open through the nine-day season from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and 9 a.m. to noon Oct. 7.

A check station receipt will be given to each hunter to provide proof of compliance with the mandatory check station regulation. Hunters who harvest pronghorn outside the experimental area also are encouraged to bring their harvest in at the check stations to contribute biological data. Wildlife staff will age their harvest for free.

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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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