Proposed 2014-2015 Migratory Game Bird Seasons
The online public comment period is 08:00 a.m. May 19, 2014, through 05:00 p.m. August 20, 2014.
PROPOSED 2014-2015 MIGRATORY GAME BIRD SEASONS
PREFATORY NOTE: The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department is proposing the season dates for the take of migratory game birds for the 2014-15 hunting seasons.
The United States Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) issues annual frameworks for the hunting of migratory game birds in the United States. Regulations adopted by individual states may be more restrictive than the federal frameworks, but may not be less restrictive. Responsibility for establishing seasons, bag limits, means, methods, and devices for harvesting migratory game birds within Service frameworks is delegated to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission (Commission) under Parks and Wildlife Code, Chapter 64, Subchapter C. Parks and Wildlife Code, §64.022, authorizes the Commission to delegate rulemaking authority to the Executive Director. Department regulations (31 TAC §65.313(f)) authorize the Executive Director, after notification of the Chairman of the Commission, to engage in rulemaking.
At present, the Service has not issued either of the annual regulatory frameworks for migratory game birds. Typically, the Service issues the preliminary early-season (dove, teal, snipe, woodcock, rails, gallinules) frameworks in late June and the preliminary late-season (ducks, geese, cranes) frameworks in early August. The Service typically issues the final early-season frameworks in early August and the final late-season frameworks in late September. Because no regular Commission meetings occur between May and August, the early-season regulations are normally adopted by the Executive Director in early July.
Comments on the provisions affecting early-season species of migratory game birds will be accepted until 5:00 p.m. on June 23, 2014.
Comments on the provisions affecting late-season species of migratory game birds will be accepted until 5:00 p.m. on August 20, 2014.