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Published on March 01, 2024
TPWD Seeks Public Input on Proposed 2024-2025 Texas Hunting Season ChangesSource: TX Parks & Wildlife

The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) is calling for public comment on a slew of proposed changes to the 2024-2025 hunting season. Among the proposals on the table are tweaks to migratory game bird and upland game bird regulations, including daily bag limits and season structures, as well as modifications to big game rules.

Under the proposed migratory bird revisions, the Light Goose Conservation Order may soon be ancient history in both the Eastern and Western Goose Zones. Officials are aiming to reduce the daily bag limit of light geese from 10 to 5 and extend the regular goose hunting, by 19 days in the eastern zone. The goal is to standardize the light goose possession limit to three times the daily bag limit during the regular season. Additionally, special regulations for White-winged Dove Days and other migratory game birds could change due to calendar progression.

Upland game birds are also under the microscope, with TPWD proposing mandatory harvest reporting for all wild turkeys, and more closures in certain counties. The big game hunters aren't left out, as the Desert Bighorn Sheep season could see new dates, and "antelope" references in regulations are suggested to be replaced with "pronghorn." Meanwhile, youth hunters may find expanded opportunities, with added doe days and extended youth-only seasons.

The public has until March 27 to chime in on these proposals, so don't wait to make your voice heard, as the Texas Wildlife Division staff will present the proposed hunting regulation changes and answer questions in an online webinar on March 6. Should you wish to provide your input, head over to the TPWD public comment page. Otherwise, you can give your two cents by phone or email, or by attending the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission meeting on March 28 in Austin, where public testimony will be accepted.

All comments, for or against, are encouraged and will be considered before final decisions are made. Hunters and interested parties have multiple platforms to express their opinions, whether they agree with the proposed regulation changes or not. It's your right to weigh in on the future of hunting in Texas, so take advantage of the opportunity and let the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department know what you think about the 2024-2025 hunting season proposals.