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Hunting in Texas: 3 Animals to Hunt in the Fall

By    |   Friday, 06 Nov 2015 03:10 PM

Fall is without a doubt the time of year that generates the highest sport hunting activity and revenue, and produces the largest harvest of game species. Hunting in Texas is certainly no exception, and the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department manages a broad portfolio of staggered seasons to accommodate variances for ecoregions and game animal populations statewide.

Here are three animals to hunt in the fall in Texas:

1. Deer

The active seasons for mule deer and white-tailed deer, though not identical, have a great deal of overlap. Archery season opens statewide in late September and runs through the end of October. Regular season begins in late November with durations varying throughout the state.

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All mule deer seasons close by mid-December. White-tailed deer seasons extend through to the middle of January in some southern regions of the state, with special late season periods available through the beginning of February. Hunters should check for current regulations and county-specific dates.

2. Pronghorn

Regular season for these permit-only large game animals is available in limited counties in the Trans-Pecos ecoregion during the second week of October. The available number of permits has dwindled in recent years, however, as a direct reflection of the species’ steadily dwindling numbers. Though found only in North America, pronghorn herds were extirpated from much of the species' natural range as a result of habitat destruction and encroachment.

Because pronghorns thrive in highly sensitive desert habitats that respond poorly to drastic shifts in weather patterns, severe die-offs of populations often occur. During such times, significant harvest via sport hunting would prove detrimental to herd population vitality and resilience.

3. Wild Turkey

This immensely popular game bird is one of the most challenging targets for sport hunters thanks to its keen sight and hearing. Fall archery season coincides with deer archery seasons, running late September through the end of October.

Regular fall season opens the beginning of November. Season duration varies across the state based on regions, and bag limits vary by county. The TPWD permits harvest on most Wildlife Management Areas as well as public hunting lands. Check for current regulations or restrictions.

This article is for information only. Please check current regulations before hunting.

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