We've got a lot of hunters here in West Texas and if you're one of them, you probably already know that as regulations change from year to year, it's your responsibility to keep up with those changes.

One of the best ways to make sure you are following the changing rules and regulations is to keep up with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department's "Outdoor Annual: Hunting and Fishing Regulations". You can get get a new issue each year to stay up-to-date.

The publication will help keep you legal as you follow your passion of hunting. It gives you current regulations on everything from game to non-game animals, when various hunting seasons run, required licenses, permits, bag limits and much more.

It's also up to you to know additional regulations that vary from county to county.

At it's March 25th public meeting held online, hunting regulations for the 2021-22 season were approved by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission and there are  some changes this fall. Below are just a few of the changes that were made to hunting rules and regulations for 2021-22:

Add crossbow to the definition of lawful archery equipment
Remove the prohibition on trailing wounded deer with dogs in numerous counties.
Eliminate the experimental pronghorn season in the northern Panhandle
Extend the general pronghorn season from 9 days to 16 days statewide
Add two days of hunting opportunity in the Special White-winged Dove Days within the South Dove Zone
Establish season dates and daily bag limits for all migratory game bird hunting seasons
Modify the muzzleloader definition.
Align spring and fall wild turkey hunting seasons with consistent North and South Zone boundaries along Highway 90 starting in the fall of 2021
Allow a statewide squirrel hunting season by opening the remaining closed counties to a year-round hunting season

These are just a few of the new regulations so be sure and read up on all of the changes, keep it legal and Happy Hunting!

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