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TPWD News Release — Dec. 18, 2008

TPWD Sets Scoping Meeting To Air Grayson County Deer Issues

AUSTIN, Texas — The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department has been considering a proposal to open a general firearms deer season in Grayson County.

A public scoping meeting to gather additional feedback will be held in Grayson County on Thursday, Jan. 8, 2009 at Grayson County College’s Center for Work Place Learning Auditorium near Sherman. The auditorium will open at 6 p.m. and the public meeting will begin at 7 p.m.

Grayson County Judge Drue Bynum has been invited to open the meeting with some introductory remarks and TPWD Executive Director Carter Smith will facilitate the remainder of the meeting, which will include a short presentation on TPWD’s regulations process and the rationale for contemplating a gun deer season in Grayson County.

The Grayson County general firearms deer season issue is part of an extensive suite of potential regulation changes in deer harvest TPWD is considering throughout much of the state. The department is gathering public input on the possible proposals and will present to the commission on January 21a comprehensive set of proposals.

Those proposals will be published in the Texas Register and available for additional public comment during a series of public hearings around the state next spring. A final decision will be made by the commission at its March 25-26, 2009 public meeting.

Details about the possible regulation changes can be found online and TPWD invites the public to weigh in on these possible proposals by clicking the public comments section on the TPWD home page.

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