Avoid these Common Deer Season Hunting Violations
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Avoid these Common Deer Season Hunting Violations

November 29, 2019


[Narrator]
Deer season is something that many hunters have been waiting for all year. When getting ready for your hunt there are
a few things you don’t want to forget and some you might not think to bring. [Andrew Alexander]
In addition to your hunting equipment, you’re going to want your license, make sure it’s
the proper one. We get people that put their old license in
their pocket sometimes and those won’t do them any good. Make sure it’s your right license, a driver’s
license or some form of identification, a pen for writing down the information on your
tag and on your harvest log, and also something to cut your dates out with. Once you shoot a deer out there in the field
the laws says tag it immediately on kill, so you’re going to get up there, make sure
that the animal is dead and that’s the first thing you’re going to want to do is tag
that animal, You’ll take your tag out, find the proper tag and then you’re going to
need a pen with you. You’re going to fill out the county that
you are in and the ranch where you harvested the animal. Tear it out; you will notch it, actually cut
the dates out of it. You’ll actually tag that animal on the spot. And then you’ll also fill out your harvest
log. [Narrator]
The white-tailed deer log is located on the back side of your hunting license and it is
mandatory to complete this section. [Andrew Alexander]
And what the harvest log allows us to do is with the counties that have the antler restrictions,
we’re able to trace those back, make sure that they are only taking what they’re allowed
and that’s why the harvest log is so important. [Narrator]
If you harvest a buck with a thirteen inch or greater inside spread in an antler restriction
county you must also check the box with the asterisk in addition to the buck box on the
harvest log. Many counties in Texas now have the antler
restriction regulation. Hunters need to consult the Outdoor Annual
and locate the specific information for the county where they are hunting. [Andrew Alexander]
It’s up to the individual hunter to understand where they’re hunting, the county where
they’re in and to be responsible about looking up that information on anything pertaining
to that county. For the deer, making sure how many they can
take, of what type. The antler restrictions some counties are
under will be individualized by county and they’ll need to check to see if their county
falls under that, and if so, they need to abide by those antler restrictions. The antler restriction is you can harvest
one buck over thirteen inches wide and generally what you’re going to look at is when the
deer has its head up in the alert position if the antlers go to the edge of the ears
that’s generally seen as thirteen inches.; You can also take either a spike or it can
be three or four points on one side but it’s just unbranched antler on the other. And that would be a legal deer. [Narration]
The most common violation Game Wardens en counter has nothing to do directly with deer. [Andrew Alexander]
The number one ticket we write is for no hunter’s education. We write a lot of those and mainly we want
there is for the person, we don’t want them to pay a fine, we want them to take the course. They have ninety days to take the course and
get their certification and show proof to the judge and then that citation will be dismissed. The people who need hunter ed certification
are those that are born on or after September 2, 1971, [Narration]
For more information on hunting in Texas go to the Texas Parks and Wildlife website.

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  1. How are you supposed to attach the tag to the deer? And is there a specific place to attach? Also on a side note we need to look at redesigning the tag having to cut out the date is to cumbersome compared to other states tags

  2. If you are interested in the Antler Restrictions: https://tpwd.texas.gov/landwater/land/wildlife_management/deer/antler_restrictions/

  3. Can I hunt a Doe in Sam houston Natl park (walker/montgmry county) if i have all license, public hunting permit and hunters education course?
    Thanks

  4. I can't believe TPW doesn't have an app to make this simple. People like me will just opt out of hunting because of the hassle with licensing/tagging etc….In todays age you should be able to get a license, all the things you need, tag deer etc from an app. I don't even carry around a pen.

  5. What if you quarter him at the same place you shoot him then transport the meat home? I fill out the tag and harvest log but I canโ€™t tag meat

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