Presenter: Gary Graham

Commission Agenda Item No. 11
FY 1999-2000 Statewide Hunting Forecast
August 1999

I. Discussion: With the exception of the Trans-Pecos, which is still suffering from the effects of prolonged drought, the overall outlook for hunting opportunity across the state ranges from fair to above average. Superior white-tailed bucks should be in good supply, mule deer and antelope quality is up, turkey hunting should be good, and quail are expected to be more plentiful than they have been in the recent past. Waterfowl opportunity should be excellent, with record numbers of ducks. Dove numbers will be good, and hunting opportunity on the department’s public dove leases should be above average. Squirrel populations are steady and should offer abundant opportunity. Pheasant hunting should be above average.