TPWD DUCK SEASON 2012

Whenever a wildlife biologist talks about hunting prospects, weather is the caveat. Turkey reproduction has been good this year as well, but again, previous lack of rainfall impacts the mature birds in the population. Texas Hunting Are you ready for hunting season? There have been few reports of production in East Texas, unfortunately. Most areas experienced a low fawn crop last year, as to be expected, but we had very few reports of any significant adult mortality related to the drought. Neither weapon is legal during the archery only or muzzleloader seasons, according to Alan Cain, TPWD white-tailed deer program leader. Numbering close to ,, deer hunters are by far the largest constituent group in TPWD’s hunting community. You can get started online at www.

A two-week extension would have resulted in a north zone general deer season running from the first Saturday in November through the third Sunday in January while creating uniformity in season length between the north and south deer hunting zones. Assuming you can follow up a drought like last year with rain, an event like that can be very beneficial for wetland conditions the following year. What a difference a year makes. Symphony conductor draws on musical skills to beguile spring gobblers. One negative is that there was a lack of nesting cover this year due to the drought, which may have limited nest sites and increased the effectiveness of nest predators. Survival of hens was actually above average due to their lack of nesting activity. Create an Account or login First Name. James White of Woodville also wrote a letter in support of the regulation change, Cain told commissioners.

Ground nesting birds — turkey and quail in particular — were in much better breeding condition this year thanwhen we speculated that many never did get into good reproductive condition.

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Neither weapon is duckk during the archery only or muzzleloader seasons, according to Alan Cain, TPWD white-tailed deer program leader. The incredible bond between a duck hunter and his dog. As always, fall weather and habitat conditions along migration routes will have a big impact on migration chronology and local hunting success. The statewide quail season runs for continuous weeks, beginning the last Seasom of October though the last Sunday of February.

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A two-week extension would have resulted in a north zone general deer season running from the first Saturday in November through the third Sunday in January while creating uniformity in season length between the north and south deer hunting zones. Antler development is expected to be good on more mature aged bucks but may be somewhat lacking seasln younger age classes unless the drought ends soon. James White of Woodville also wrote a letter in support of the regulation change, Cain told commissioners.

At least two different age classes of quail chicks and a good turkey hatch have been observed seasln the Chap.

Whenever a wildlife biologist talks about hunting prospects, weather is the caveat. Round Rock’s mayor scores the first ram by bow and arrow on Texas public land. By submitting, you agree to our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy.

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TPWD quail program leader Robert Perez said the amount of money spent annually by Texas quail hunters fluctuates with ebb and flow quail populations. Mike Krueger, district biologist for the Edwards Plateau, is an optimist and a realist.

Assuming you can follow up a drought like last year with rain, an event like that can be very beneficial for wetland conditions the following year. Deer age structure is still going to be impacted by the previous drought, with low fawn crops inand Now it all comes down to the moment you pull the trigger. One negative is that there was a lack of nesting cover this year due to the drought, which may have limited nest sites and increased the effectiveness of nest predators.

A very strong positive is that there were lots of insects this year to provide high-protein sources of food for the young birds that successfully hatched.

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With favorable rains and a mild winter this past spring, turkeys got off to an early start. An extended north zone deer season also would have resulted in a two-week overlap with the statewide quail season in the Rolling Plains.

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Turkey reproduction has been good this year as well, but again, previous lack of rainfall impacts the mature birds in the population. There should be a fair number of jakes seen this fall and next spring.

Predation was on the high end, but not outside of normal nest predation for turkeys. There also were concerns it could reduce incentives to participate in the managed lands deer program, or that it may interfere with quail, duck, squirrel and varmint hunting, Cain said. On our hunting page, you can find hunting magazine articles, hunting videos and other hunting resources. Numbering close to , deer hunters are by far the largest constituent group in TPWD’s hunting community.

Cain told commissioners the proposal was opposed by the upland game bird advisory board, a group of citizens appointed to advise TPWD on matters related to upland game birds. He said the board members did not support the deer season extension because of concerns dufk it might adversely impact quail hunting opportunities and potentially reduce the recruitment of newcomers to the sport. The proposal to extend the north zone deer season came about as the result of a formal petition for rule-making filed ptwd spring by Clint Hughey of Boerne.

From a wetlands conservation perspective, the drought came with an upside. Sign up for email updates.

The Texas Hill Country, known for higher deer populations, has also received good rains this summer, udck hunters should expect decent antler quality and good body weights for this region.

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