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Feb. 18, 2016

20 More Days of Dove Hunting Tops Slate of Proposed Regulation Changes

AUSTIN – Texas dove hunters would get an additional 20 days this fall under proposed changes to the 2016-17 Statewide Hunting Proclamation for Migratory Game Birds up for public comment.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has approved a 90-day Texas dove season, the longest in 80 years.

In addition, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) is recommending a later opener for duck hunting, with a shorter break between splits for the North Duck Zone and a later overall season in the South Duck Zone.

Under new federal guidelines, Texas is now able to present proposed migratory game bird regulation changes earlier in the year than previously allowed. This means the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission can adopt dove and waterfowl hunting seasons at its March 24 public hearing, giving hunters more time to plan trips afield.

TPWD staff proposes to integrate the additional 20 dove hunting days early in the season to take advantage of migrating birds. The traditional September 1 dove season opening day in the North and Central Zones would remain, while the South Zone would open Sept. 23. The first segment in the North and South zones would extend through Nov. 13, while the Central Zone would run until Nov. 6. The season would reopen statewide Dec. 17 and run through Jan. 1, 2017 in the North Zone, Jan. 8, 2017 in the Central Zone and Jan. 23, 2017 in the South Zone.

The daily bag limit for doves statewide would remain 15 and the possession limit 45.

The Special White-winged Dove Area would be restricted to afternoon only (noon to sunset) hunting the first two full September weekends on Sept. 3-4 and 10-11. Hunting in this area would reopen Sept. 23 and continue through, Nov. 13, and then reopen Dec. 17 through Jan. 19, 2017. During the early two weekends, the daily bag limit would be 15 birds, to include not more than two mourning doves and two white-tipped doves. Once the general season opens, the aggregate bag limit would be 15 with no more than two white-tipped doves.

Staff recommends a Sept. 10-25 early teal season with a daily bag limit of six birds.

For the general duck season, the following calendar is proposed:

Bag Limit: 6/day in the aggregate to include no more than 5 mallards, of which only 2 may be hens, 3 wood ducks, 3 scaup, 2 redheads, 2 pintail , 2 canvasback, 1 “dusky duck” (mottled, black or Mexican-like) after the first 5 days. Mergansers: 5/day with no more than 2 hooded merganser. Coots: 15/day. Possession limit is three times the daily bag limit.

For geese, the proposed framework is as follows:

Bag Limit after the Early Canada Goose: 5 dark geese, to include no more than 2 white-fronted geese, 20 light geese (no possession limit).

Bag Limit: 5 dark geese, to include no more than 2 white-fronted geese, 20 light geese (no possession limit).

For sandhill crane:

For Snipe:

For Woodcock:

For falconry:

Public comment on any of the proposed regulation changes may be made in person at upcoming public meetings, during a live webinar March 3 at 7 p.m. or online between Feb. 19-March 24. Questions regarding these changes can be directed to Wildlife Information, 4200 Smith School Rd., Austin, TX 78744, email or call 800-792-1112.

Public Meeting Schedule

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