Experimental Season for Buck Pronghorn
The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department will initiate an experimental pronghorn buck season in some areas of the Panhandle, which would allow landowners to control the harvest of buck pronghorn on their properties. The experimental season will be tested for three years and wildlife officials will closely monitor pronghorn herds during the pilot project to ensure populations remain healthy. However, if a definite negative biological impact is detected during the trial, the experimental season will be removed.
Under the current statewide regulations, TPWD determines the harvest quota and issues permits directly to landowners for surplus pronghorn. With the experimental season, landowners or their agents within selected pronghorn herd units (8, 17, 25; see inset map) in the northwest and northeast Panhandle would determine the harvest quota and control buck pronghorn harvest on their property during the three-year pilot project. To comply with tagging requirements hunters will be required to obtain a free experimental buck permit at numerous locations across the state starting August 15. Hunters will also be required to present their harvest at a mandatory check station within 24 hours of harvest.
The goal of the project is to simplify pronghorn hunting regulations and increase hunting opportunity in areas with stable populations. After completion of the three-year experiment, the Department will assess all data to determine whether a permanent regulation change to a landowner controlled harvest for bucks in these experimental areas is suitable as well as expanding the concept into other areas of the northern Panhandle.
Information for Experimental Pronghorn Season | PDF
This document has all necessary information, including maps, about the experimental pronghorn season for hunters and landowners that can be printed and taken to the field. These documents are also available where permits are provided.
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+ How do I obtain a free permit for the experimental buck season?
+ Where are the required check stations?
+ What are the limitations and requirements of the free experimental permit?
+ How will TPWD monitor the experimental buck season?
+ How many bucks should I harvest on my property?
Who do I contact for more information?
For more information regarding pronghorn permits, contact your local TPWD biologist. Donít know your biologist? Find a Biologist in your area.