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Smith: Buy new hunting, fishing licenses early

By Chris Smith
Aug. 21, 2013 at 10 p.m.


The 2013-2014 Texas hunting and fishing licenses went on sale Aug. 15.

Although current licenses do not expire until Aug. 31, outdoors enthusiasts can purchase the new ones in advance. This helps hunters and anglers in several different ways.

By purchasing the new license early, long lines at retailers can be eliminated. Waiting until the last minute can be a nightmare as data lines will be at the highest volume the last few days. The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department has made giant steps in facilitating buying ease. Everything can be done in one of 16,000 retail outlets as well as online from home.

I prefer to get my license in person and always pick up a copy of the TP&W handbook. The handbook has long been a must for the Texas hunting and fishing regulations. Occasionally typos or errors appear but the department is quick to correct them. This year is one of those times. Below is the correction for the errors in the latest handbook.

FROM TP&W: Probably the most glaring miscue that should provide hunters with a chuckle indicates a mule deer season and a pheasant season for Cass County in Northeast Texas. Neither game species have been documented in the wild there, much less in huntable numbers. However, the listing also indicates white-tailed deer and turkey seasons that are incorrect, and omits the squirrel season, which is much more serious.

The correct information can be found on the Outdoor Annual website area at http://tpwd.texas.gov/outdoor-annual where the most updated information is always posted. This site has also been redesigned to improve usability and offer more interactive features.

Most notably, the site supports mobile browsing so that the web pages now fit themselves to the size of any screen by automatically shuffling layout, resizing images and adjusting type size. The same content is used for all screen sizes, making it possible for users to read the same information and navigate pages on any device, from smartphone to tablet to desktop computer. The site now offers hunters the ability to search by county and see the regulations for that county or to search by animal and see seasons and regulations for that species.

Anglers can also find regulations information more easily on the new site.

The accurate season information for Cass County is:

<strong>Whitetail Deer</strong> - Archery Season: Sept. 28-Nov. 1; General Season: Nov. 2-Jan. 5 (Nov. 2-17, no antlerless permit required except on LAMPS or MLD property; Nov. 18-Jan. 5, antlerless by LAMPS or MLD permit only - countywide); Muzzleloader Season: Jan. 6-19 (general season buck limits apply, antlerless permit required only on MLD property). Bag limit: 4 (2 bucks and 2 antlerless, all seasons combined).

<strong>Squirrel</strong> - Oct. 1-Feb. 2 and May 1-31. Daily bag limit: 10.

<strong>Turkey</strong> - Eastern Spring Season: Apr. 15-May 14. Bag limit: 1 (gobblers only).

Following the discovery of the incorrect information regarding Cass County, a line-by-line review of the County Listings portion of the Outdoor Annual uncovered additional errors, listed below.

<strong>Anderson</strong> - The dates printed for the squirrel seasons are off by one day for the fall season and do not include the spring season.

<strong>Squirrel</strong> - Oct. 1- Feb. 2 and May 1–31. Milam –Contains last year's deer seasons, off by one day.

<strong>Whitetail Deer Archery:</strong> Sept. 28 – Nov. 1.

<strong>Whitetail Deer General Season:</strong> Nov. 2 – Jan. 5.

There were a couple errors concerning Bexar and Carson Counties so if you are planning a hunt in either, make sure to get the updated information.

<em>(Email: cksoutdoors@aol.com)</em>

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