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Stay up-to-date on operations adjustments and temporary closure of TPWD offices, state parks, recreation facilities and water access points due to COVID-19. Please follow guidance from local authorities, Governor Greg Abbott and the Texas Department of State Health Services.

Harvest Check Stations

The experimental antler restriction will be conducted for 4 hunting seasons in Briscoe, Childress, Cottle, Floyd, Hall, Lynn and Motley counties. Data will be assessed throughout the experiment, but at the end of 4 hunting seasons, TPWD will propose either to extend the experiment, modify the antler restriction, or permanently terminate the experiment.

TPWD will use voluntary harvest check stations to collect age and antler measurements. To gather the most harvest data possible, TPWD will offer incentives to hunters who check their harvest. Hunters who bring their mule deer buck to a check station will be entered in drawings for items such as lifetime hunting licenses, rifles and other great prizes. In addition, mule deer hunters are encouraged to report their harvests using the My Texas Hunt Harvest App.

Harvest Check Stations

Hotel Turkey

201 3rd Street; Turkey, Texas
TPWD Biologist (432) 244-7574

Open: November 23 to December 8, 2019
9:00 AM to 7:00 PM
Closed Thanksgiving Day

Matador Wildlife Management Area

3036 FM 3256; Paducah, Texas
(806) 492-3405

Open: November 23 to December 8, 2019
Monday thru Friday, 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Closed weekends and Thanksgiving Day

Estelline City Hall

507 Burnett St. (Hwy 287); Estelline, Texas
TPWD Biologist (806) 269-1031

Open: November 23 to December 8, 2019
9:00 AM to 7:00 PM
Closed Thanksgiving Day

Lynn County
Contact TPWD Biologist, Sam Harryman
Cell Phone: (806) 368-1233
Closed Thanksgiving Day

Voluntary Harvest Prize Drawings

Hunters who bring their harvested mule deer buck from any of the 7 counties with the experimental antler restriction to any check station will be entered into drawings to win some great prizes!

Drawings Rules

Rules and eligibility for drawings:

  • Only mule deer bucks harvested within the 7-county experimental area will be eligible.
  • Mule deer must be brought to a check station or to TPWD for a hunter to be entered into the drawing.
  • Mule deer harvested in the archery or extended MLD seasons are eligible for the drawing if hunters contact TPWD and bring their deer to be aged and measured by TPWD.

Grand Prize (1 winner)

Nosler Model 48 Long Range Carbon in .300 Win Mag sponsored by the Texas Panhandle Chapter of the Dallas Safari Club

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First Place (2 winners)

Lifetime hunting license sponsored by the Dallas Safari Club

Dallas Safari Club logo

Second Place (2 winners)

Win a Ruger American Predator in 6.5 Creedmoor sponsored by the Mule Deer Foundation

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Grand Prize Winner

Scott Hall

First Place Winners

Leslie Sibley
Donnald Langston

Second Place Winners

Rodney Geissler
Russell Lee