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Dove Season 2015

Tuesday, September 1st, 2015
A mourning dove sits atop the iron posts of the Texas-Mexico border fence near Brownsville, tX

Mourning dove sits on iron posts of the Texas-Mexico border fence near Brownsville, TX

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Thanks to ample spring rains across the state, dove hunters can expect excellent opportunities in the field.

05— We got a lot more precipitation around the state, so we’re looking really good on the landscape.

Biologist Shaun Oldenburger says the season, which begins today in the north and central zones, includes mourning and white-winged dove—but don’t expect to hunt them in the same place.

08—With white-winged dove, over 90% of our white-winged doves now in the state of Texas do breed in suburban or urban locations compared to most of our mourning doves which tend to be more rural.

For white-winged dove, consider setting up in grain fields and pastures nearby urban and suburban areas…

15— …that may have good croton, or sunflower crops and then vetch, pigweed – stuff like that. For mourning dove, we look for perching habitat, we look for water and we look for food. And if you have a combination of those things, you usually can have a fairly decent hunt in those types of locations.

Find more information about dove season on the Texas Parks and Wildlife website. And if you go to our YouTube channel, you’ll find a tasty recipe for cooking up the dove you harvest.

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For Texas Parks and Wildlife, I’m Cecilia Nasti.

Time for Drawn Hunts

Wednesday, August 5th, 2015
Texas Drawn Hunts.

Texas Drawn Hunts.

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It’s time to put in for drawn hunts. The drawn hunts system is online only; adult application fees are $3 per adult, except Private Lands and Guided Hunt categories, which are $10. No application or permit fees for youth applicants or supervising adults on Youth Only hunts.

16—Our applications are not all at one time; they’re actually distributed through the month of August into January. We have regular gun/deer in September, and feral hog and exotics…and some of the later hunts for feral hog and spring turkey will actually go into December and January.

Kelly Edmiston, public hunting coordinator, says selection notification will be faster than ever.

20— We will probably be able to draw one to three business days after a deadline because we’re not having to rely on data and mail and late arriving applications. Before you had to get it here by 5 o’clock the day of the deadline. Now, because it’s online, you’ll basically have until that last day – probably up until 11:59 [p.m.]—to be able to submit an application.

Preference points of the past are loyalty points today.

22— You can now apply more than once within a category. Your loyalty points will still apply to each application you submit in that category equally. So, if you have five preference points for a
gun/deer either sex category, and you submit three gun/deer either sex applications, each at a different area, you’re going to get five points on each of your three.

Find a full list of the applications deadlines on the Texas Parks and Wildlife website.

For Texas Parks and Wildlife, I’m Cecilia Nasti.

Hunt Harvest APP

Wednesday, July 29th, 2015
Download the Hunt Harvest APP

Download the Hunt Harvest APP

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The My Hunt Harvest APP, which allows hunters to report their harvests, debuted in time for spring turkey season. Hunters who bag Eastern Wild turkeys must report their harvest at physical check stations, which can be miles from their lease.

16—And we did great this year. We had a lot of reports through that app. And next year it’s actually going to be the only alternative. You can use the app on your phone, or you can actually go on Parks and Wildlife’s website; go to our turkey page and report your harvest that way.

Jason Hardin is upland game bird specialist with Parks and Wildlife and turkey program leader for Texas. One goal for the app was higher reporting compliance.

12— We’re always concerned that if we have a check station in the county, and it’s halfway across the county—or all the way across—are our hunters taking the time to go across the county to report that bird. So, with the app, the check station is in the hunter’s hand.

Preliminary results are positive; even Rio Grande hunters used the app. The My Hunt Harvest App provides real time data, which benefits researchers and hunters, alike—whether hunting turkey, quail or deer.

17— It helps us understand and track how the harvest is going throughout the season. If something is going slow, we might be able to look at weather patterns, and try to explain some of that. It also just helps us with our relationship with the hunters. This day and age people want immediate information, immediate data, and we’re able to provide that more efficiently using this technology.

Download the My Hunt Harvest app free from the Apple app store and Google Play. The Wildlife restoration Program supports our series.

For Texas Parks and Wildlife, I’m Cecilia Nasti.

Need for Spanish Speaking Hunter Ed Instructors

Tuesday, July 28th, 2015
Youth Hunt

Preparing for Youth Hunt

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The average age of Texas hunters is mid-forties. As these hunters decrease their time in the field, some increase their time in the classroom.

05—Some become [hunter education] instructors, and really want to give back to something they’ve enjoyed all throughout their lives.

Nancy Heron is director of outreach and education at parks and wildlife. She said the program has a need for instructors with special skills.

12—Parks and Wildlife has a lot of constituents who are bilingual, and who just speak Spanish. We are looking for bilingual instructors that are able to teach the hunter education program in Spanish and English.

The Spanish speaking population in Texas is growing, and Parks and Wildlife wants to ensure this group has easy access to hunter education, and a great outdoor experience.

11—We certainly could use those instructors to help us reach those constituents that we normally wouldn’t be able to reach. And, we do want to offer them [Spanish speaking constituents] an opportunity to get out in the outdoors and enjoy it.

We have information on becoming a volunteer Hunter Education instructor at

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For Texas Parks and Wildlife…I’m Cecilia Nasti.

Hunting License Deferral

Monday, July 27th, 2015
Hunting for white-tailed deer.

Hunting for white-tailed deer.

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People interested in hunting, born on or after September 2, 1971, must take a hunter education training course. However, Nancy Herron, says there is a way around it—at least temporarily.

09—Anyone who has not been certified by the time they turn seventeen, can go and get a deferral. They must buy a hunting license, and ask for deferral type 1-6-6 at the point of sale.

Herron is director of Outreach and Education. The deferral allows people to hunt as long as a certified licensed hunter accompanies them.

05—And if you like it, go get certified; you have by August 31st of the current license year to do that.

It costs $10 for a deferral. The deferral program started in 2005, and about 10-thousand people sign up each year.

14—It offers an opportunity for someone who has not hunted before to give it a try and it brings in lapsed hunters. If they’ve been out of hunting for awhile, and didn’t get certified, they can come in, take the deferral, and then have an opportunity to get back into the outdoors.

A deferral may only be obtained once and is only valid until the end of the current license year; after that, hunters must complete the certification course.

Find hunter education information on the Texas Parks and Wildlife website.

The Wildlife Restoration Program supports our series.

For Texas Parks and Wildlife…I’m Cecilia Nasti.