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#6241611 - 03/30/16 11:20 AM Seems they approved changes to next deer season..time to buy a muzzleloader
Matt Offline
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Registered: 10/25/05
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Loc: The Colony
I read this last night. My place is in Red River County. I happy to see more doe days. I've never hunted with a muzzle loader. I guess I will now.

http://tpwd.texas.gov/newsmedia/releases/?req=20160329a&nrtype=all&nrspan=2016&nrsearch=

Commission Approves Changes to Deer Hunting Regulations for 2016-17

AUSTIN – The Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission adopted a suite of changes to this year’s deer hunting regulations that includes expanding white-tailed deer hunting into 14 counties across the western Panhandle, and creating additional deer hunting opportunities in East Texas.

The Commission adopted the following changes to the 2016-17 Statewide Hunting Proclamation, the details of which will be incorporated into this year’s Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Outdoor Annual:

Elimination of the Antlerless and Spike-buck Control Permit due to lack of demand;

Define “unbranched antlered deer” to clarify what constitutes a legal buck across seasons and to alleviate confusion among hunters, and replace the “Special Late Antlerless and Spike-buck Season” with a “Special Late Season” to accommodate the inclusion of “unbranched antlered deer” in the bag limit;

Allow the take of antlerless deer without a permit on certain U.S. Forest Service Lands during youth-only seasons;

Clarify that white-tailed antlerless deer harvest during the archery-only season does not require a permit and harvest of antlerless deer during youth seasons is restricted to persons 16 years of age and younger including on properties issued Level 1 Managed Lands Deer (MLD) Permits;

Implement both a general and special archery-only season for white-tailed deer in Andrews, Bailey, Castro, Cochran, Gaines, Hale, Hockley, Lamb, Lubbock, Lynn, Parmer, Terry and Yoakum counties, with a bag limit of three deer (no more than one buck and no more than two antlerless), which is identical to adjoining/nearby counties that currently have a season.

Implement both a general and special archery-only season for white-tailed deer in Winkler County, with a bag limit of three deer (no more than one buck and no more than two antlerless, with the take of antlerless deer restricted to the archery-only season or properties issued MLDP antlerless tags). The new season is identical to adjoining/nearby counties that currently have a season.

Establish four “doe days” (time periods in when antlerless deer may be taken without a permit in parts of the state where antlerless harvest regulations are conservative) in Bell (east of IH35), Burleson, Ellis, Falls, Freestone, Kaufman, Limestone, Milam, Navarro and Williamson (east of IH35) counties;

Increase the number of doe days to 16 in Anderson, Brazos, Camp, Gregg, Grimes, Henderson, Lamar, Leon, Madison, Morris, Red River, Robertson and Upshur counties; and

implement a muzzleloader-only late season in Anderson, Bell (East of IH 35), Brazos, Burleson, Comal (East of IH 35), Delta, Ellis, Fannin, Falls, Franklin, Freestone, Grimes, Hays (East of IH 35), Henderson, Hopkins, Hunt, Kaufman, Lamar, Leon, Limestone, Madison, Milam, Navarro, Rains, Red River, Robertson, Smith, Titus, Travis (East of IH 35), Van Zandt, Williamson (East of IH 35), and Wood counties.

SL 2016-03-29

Thanks!!
Matt


Edited by Matt (03/30/16 11:32 AM)
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#6241646 - 03/30/16 11:44 AM Re: Seems they approved changes to next deer season..time to buy a muzzleloader [Re: Matt]
GLC Offline


Registered: 02/25/09
Posts: 4544
Loc: Burleson Texas
Nice to know, I hunt Red River county too. I wonder though if the muzzle loader late season will be just for does or everything or no does at all?
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#6241660 - 03/30/16 12:04 PM Re: Seems they approved changes to next deer season..time to buy a muzzleloader [Re: Matt]
bronco71 Offline
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Registered: 09/04/07
Posts: 182
Loc: N. Dallas
Finally a muzzleloader season in Hopkins county! Bought one years ago and never shot it....now to break it out!

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#6241676 - 03/30/16 12:15 PM Re: Seems they approved changes to next deer season..time to buy a muzzleloader [Re: bronco71]
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Registered: 11/20/14
Posts: 182
Loc: Athens, TX
Originally Posted By: bronco71
Finally a muzzleloader season in Hopkins county! Bought one years ago and never shot it....now to break it out!


You could always use a muzzleloader in the rifle season if you wanted to.

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#6241949 - 03/30/16 03:50 PM Re: Seems they approved changes to next deer season..time to buy a muzzleloader [Re: Matt]
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Registered: 04/09/09
Posts: 4334
Loc: Central Texas
Cool, I'm in Robertson county. Nice to see we're getting more doe days and a muzzy season.
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#6242263 - 03/30/16 07:28 PM Re: Seems they approved changes to next deer season..time to buy a muzzleloader [Re: Matt]
KCH Offline
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Registered: 11/23/10
Posts: 343
Loc: Frisco, TX
I'm in Navarro and I'm excited! I don't know anything about muzzleloaders...anybody want give a primer on them?

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#6242290 - 03/30/16 07:47 PM Re: Seems they approved changes to next deer season..time to buy a muzzleloader [Re: Matt]
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Doe days in Freestone..... clap banana
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#6242607 - 03/31/16 07:13 AM Re: Seems they approved changes to next deer season..time to buy a muzzleloader [Re: KCH]
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Registered: 01/11/09
Posts: 5126
Loc: Germany
Originally Posted By: KCH
I'm in Navarro and I'm excited! I don't know anything about muzzleloaders...anybody want give a primer on them?


If you can find one, I highly recommend a Savage 10ML-II smokeless muzzleloader. 250gr SST and MMP sabot over 65gr of Reloder 7 with a CCI 209 primer will turn them inside out and they'll stay shot (zero at 100, 10 inches low at 200 yards). And you won't have to clean the danged thing when you get home either.

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#6242693 - 03/31/16 08:14 AM Re: Seems they approved changes to next deer season..time to buy a muzzleloader [Re: kry226]
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Loc: Rockwall
Originally Posted By: kry226
Originally Posted By: KCH
I'm in Navarro and I'm excited! I don't know anything about muzzleloaders...anybody want give a primer on them?


If you can find one, I highly recommend a Savage 10ML-II smokeless muzzleloader. 250gr SST and MMP sabot over 65gr of Reloder 7 with a CCI 209 primer will turn them inside out and they'll stay shot (zero at 100, 10 inches low at 200 yards). And you won't have to clean the danged thing when you get home either.


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#6242702 - 03/31/16 08:17 AM Re: Seems they approved changes to next deer season..time to buy a muzzleloader [Re: KCH]
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Registered: 02/25/09
Posts: 4544
Loc: Burleson Texas
Originally Posted By: KCH
I'm in Navarro and I'm excited! I don't know anything about muzzleloaders...anybody want give a primer on them?


All depends if you want to go old school or new, I have both. Traditional open sights with patched ball or up to inline with 209 cap ignition with scope or anything in between. It is all about what you prefer.

Muzzle Loader basics


Edited by GLC (03/31/16 11:36 AM)
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#6247290 - 04/04/16 10:44 AM Re: Seems they approved changes to next deer season..time to buy a muzzleloader [Re: Matt]
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Registered: 10/22/07
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Loc: Surfside Beach, TX
I bought a Mossberg 500 muzzleloader barrel just for this season. Gonna try it out this weekend! For $120, it seems like an inexpensive way to hunt the season.

https://www.cheaperthandirt.com/product/...sortby=ourPicks
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