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TPWD News Release — Nov. 1, 2010

TPWD Setting Up Voluntary Trans Pecos Mule Deer Check Stations

AUSTIN – Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) biologists are asking hunters and landowners for their support in contributing to this year’s Voluntary Mule Deer Check Stations. Voluntary check stations will be located in six counties in the Trans-Pecos region.

Voluntary check stations will be set up during the weekends of Nov. 28-29 and Dec. 5-6 in Culberson, Jeff Davis, Ward, Pecos, Terrell, and Brewster counties.

Data collected at these check stations is used to monitor harvest intensity, herd condition and age structure, and to develop revisions in regulations. TPWD biologists annually collect mule deer harvest data by management compartment, which include age by tooth wear and replacement, antler measurements,  and field-dressed weights.

“In an effort to improve data, increase our knowledge of harvest intensity on a broader scale, and enhance efficiency, we will be operating voluntary check stations for the 2010 hunting season in six counties,” said Shawn Gray, TPWD mule deer program coordinator. “These check stations will be located in areas where hunters can conveniently get their harvested mule deer aged, weighed, and measured (for bucks).”

In the Trans-Pecos, more than 14,000 harvested mule deer bucks have been aged since 1980, averaging more than 500 deer annually. In addition, data is also collected from a limited number of harvested does.

“This information is essential in monitoring mule deer populations and making future regulation decisions,” Gray explained. “The success of the check stations will be in large part because of the cooperation of hunters and landowners. TPWD encourages all hunters and landowners hunting these dates to bring their harvested mule deer by a check station this hunting season.”

Following is the schedule and locations for the upcoming Mule Deer Age, Weight, and Antler Voluntary Check Stations.  All voluntary check stations will be open from 8 a.m.–6 p.m. on Nov. 28–29 and Dec. 5–6.  Voluntary check stations will be located at these locations: