New hunting, fishing licenses for sale as dove hunts near

New hunting, fishing licenses for sale as dove hunts near

Another season of dove hunting begins Saturday, Sept. 1. That’s when the North and Central Zones will open, and the regular season of the South Zone will open Friday, Sept. 14. One thing is certain: It’s not going to be much cooler then. With that in mind, you might want to start making short walks around the neighborhood to kind of get yourself in shape for hunting in steamy weather. Ditto that for your retriever.

If you’re looking for a place to hunt, you can check out the Annual Public Hunting Permit program that includes about 120 areas to hunt doves. It’s formerly known as “Type II.” Since 1987, the APH permit has offered the opportunity to participate in a variety of inexpensive, family oriented outdoor recreational activities including hunting for lots of wildlife species, fishing, nature watching, camping and other activities. Over 1 million APH permits have been sold.

Today’s Public Hunting Program includes over a million acres located throughout Texas. The map booklet and website contain information on property owned by Texas Parks and Wildlife Department as well as acreage leased by the department from other state and federal agencies, forest products industries, and other cooperating private landowners. The Public Dove and Small Game Hunting Areas are included in these pages.

With an APH you can hunt white-tailed deer, hogs, doves, quail, turkey, waterfowl, rabbits, squirrels and more. Plus, it includes over 180 hunting areas, including wildlife management areas, state parks and approximately 120 dove areas leased from private landowners.

Kids under the age of 17 may access these areas for free with a permitted adult.

Time to renew your hunting and fishing license

The new 2018-19 licenses are on sale as of Aug. 15. All current year Texas hunting and fishing licenses (except year-to-date fishing licenses) expire Aug. 31.

Every year, the department issues more than 2.4 million hunting and fishing licenses through the agency’s 28 field offices, more than 50 state parks, at over 1,700 retailers across the state and online at www.tpwd.texas.gov/buy. All revenue generated from hunting and fishing license fees pays for conservation efforts and recreational opportunities that help make Texas one of the best places in the country to hunt and fish. Fish stocking, wildlife management, habitat restoration, public hunting leases, river access permits and Texas Game Wardens are just some of the initiatives funded in part by license fees, according to TPWD.

Texans can also enter Big Time Texas Hunts drawing when purchasing their license. Big Time Texas Hunts offers the chance to win any of nine exciting premium guided hunt packages, with all lodging and food included. Many also allow the winners to bring friends along to hunt. There are packages to hunt bighorn sheep, mule deer, white-tailed deer, pronghorn, alligator, waterfowl, upland game birds, wild hog and exotics. Big Time Texas Hunts entries are available online at www.tpwd.texas.gov/buyentry or at license retailers or by phone at (800) 895-4248.

Hunters and anglers can get their new 2018-19 hunting and fishing licenses online at www.tpwd.texas.gov/buy, at license retailers or by phone at (800) 895-4248. The online transaction system is available 24/7. Call center hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. There is a required $5 administrative fee for each phone or online transaction, but multiple items can be purchased during a single transaction occasion for this $5 fee. All of these license sales outlets will offer the opportunity to make a donation to help veterans and/or families in need of food.

 

Robert Sloan is the outdoors editor for The Examiner. His email is sloan288 [at] aol [dot] com.

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