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TPWD News Release — April 9, 2007

TPWD Approves Early Opener in South for Spring Turkey

AUSTIN, Texas — Rio Grande turkey hunters in the southern parts of Texas will get a two-week jump on gobblers next spring following changes in hunting regulations adopted here April 5 by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission.

The alteration to the South Zone spring turkey season framework is among several changes to the 2007-08 Statewide Hunting and Fishing Proclamation.

“Two years ago, we simplified the season by combining the North and South Zones and added a week to the overall length,” Mike Berger, TPWD Wildlife Division Director explained. “After re-evaluating this move, we’ve opted to move the South Zone opening up to the Saturday nearest March 18 and leave the North Zone to open the Saturday nearest April 1. Both zones retain a 44-day season length.”

In addition to the spring turkey season adjustment proposal, the commission also approved several changes designed to simplify and clarify hunting regulations and create greater flexibility for wildlife resource managers. The changes include: