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TPWD News Release — Nov. 8, 2004

TPWD Unveils Possible Changes to Regulations

AUSTIN, Texas — The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department is looking to clarify the hunting regulations by standardizing seasons and simplifying rules relating to white-tailed deer and turkey.

TPWD staff briefed the Regulations Committee of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission Wednesday, Nov. 3, about a series of issues that could result in changes to hunting and fishing regulations next year. Each year, TPWD considers changes in hunting and fishing regulations to achieve resource management objectives and maximize outdoor recreation opportunities.

The regulatory review process begins each fall after resource assessments by biologists and game wardens, as well as independent recommendations received from various groups.* Additional discourse is sought during special public meetings in the spring, and the commission at its April meeting determines the final regulation changes.

Following is a summary of those potential changes.


Potential Wildlife Regulation Changes

White-tailed Deer

Mule Deer

Turkey


Potential Freshwater Fishing Regulation Proposals

Lake Nasworthy (Tom Green County)

North and South Arms of the Concho River (Tom Green County)

Toledo Bend Reservoir


Potential Coastal Fishing Regulation Proposals

When the proposed regulations are published in the Texas Register, public comment about these issues may be made to TPWD, Regulatory Proposals Public Comment, 4200 Smith School Road, 78744, by phoning (800) 792-1112 or by visiting the Web (http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/). **

* Correction, Nov. 10, 2004: The original version of this news release was edited to clarify the public comment period. (Return to corrected item.)

** Correction, Nov. 9, 2004: The original version of this news release was edited to clarify the public comment period. (Return to corrected item.)

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