It’s public hearing season across the Lone Star State as the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department hears from its constituents concerning proposed hunting and fishing regulation changes for the upcoming 2014-15 license year.

It’s public hearing season across the Lone Star State as the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department hears from its constituents concerning proposed hunting and fishing regulation changes for the upcoming 2014-15 license year.


The hearing location nearest to Sherman/Denison this year is the one coming up on Monday, March 17, at 7 p.m. at the Cabela’s retail store location in Allen. The store is located right off U.S. Hwy 75 on 1 Cabela’s Drive.


TPWD proposals for this cycle include several that might be of interest to local hunters. Those proposals include the elimination of squirrel bag limits in several counties including Grayson and Collin counties (there is currently no closed season in these counties and overall harvest is light); the lengthening of the squirrel season in several counties including Fannin and Lamar counties; and allowing for the use of modern air rifles in the hunting of squirrels.


Another potential regulation with local interest is the TPWD proposal to allow hunters to perform the mandatory registration of a harvested Eastern turkey via the department’s Internet site or mobile application. Currently, hunters who harvest an Eastern turkey (or a Rio Grande in Grayson County, which falls under the state’s Eastern turkey regulations package) have to physically check in the gobbler at a check station.


On the statewide level, there are a few proposed mule deer hunting regs on the table including the creation of a special archery-only and a 16-day general season for mulies in Knox County. A proposal is also floating the idea for TPWD to create a nine-day general season for mule deer in Castro, Hale, Lubbock and Lynn counties.


On the fishing side of things, TPWD proposes to tweak trout fishing regs on the Guadalupe River (since evidence has been found that the fish are surviving in the Canyon Lake tailwater year-round); introduce more restrictive spotted sea trout regs on the middle portion of the Texas Gulf Coast; to create a two-week extension of the current November two-fish flounder bag limit on the coast; and to give the TPWD executive director the ability to temporarily close all taking or attempted taking of alligator gar when conditions are conducive for the fish to spawn.


In addition to attending the Allen hearing and voicing your opinion there, public comments will also be taken by several other means through a 5 p.m. deadline on March 26.


Comments can be made either by phone or e-mail to Robert Macdonald, TPWD regulations coordinator, at (512) 389-4775 or at robert.macdonald@tpwd.texas.gov.


Individuals may also make public comments on the TPWD Web site itself at www.tpwd.state.tx.us or in writing via regular mail addressed to: Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, 4200 Smith School Road, Austin, Texas 78744.