Tadpole's Outdoor Blog

September 22, 2011

Forest Service to offer antlerless deer hunting permits

Filed under: Fishing & Hunting — Freddie Keel @ 6:28 am

Release Date: Aug 15, 2011

Contact(s): Jason Nolde 936-639-8559, Dick Pike 936-639-8544

The U.S. Forest Service is offering a limited number of permits to hunt antlerless deer during the general season Nov. 5, 2011 through Jan. 1, 2012.

Each year, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department inventories deer populations in national forests and adjacent lands. As needed, the department includes antlerless deer in the annual harvest to seek a balanced population. The number of permits varies from year to year.

To be included in the Antlerless Deer Permit drawing, hunters should mail a regulation-sized postal card to:
Antlerless Deer Permit
U.S. Forest Service
2221 North Raguet St.
Lufkin, TX 75904

The postcard must contain:

  • Name of hunter
  • Mailing Address
  • 2011-2012 hunting license number
  • Youth Only Permit – Yes or No
  • The specific hunting area permit desired

Hunters are selected by random drawing and only one application per person is accepted. Duplicate submissions are discarded. The number of requests usually exceeds the number of permits available. Applications are accepted no earlier than Sept. 1 and no later than Sept. 30. A drawing will be held in mid-October to select a limited number of permits. Only those chosen will be notified by mail.

Youth participating in the general season public hunts by special permit must apply for “youth only permits” if they are between the ages of 8 and 16 at the time of application. The words “youth only permit” must be on the application, along with applicant’s 20011-2012 hunting license number and specific hunting area.

Hunting areas include:
Davy Crockett National Forest

– Alabama Creek WMA (annual public hunting permit and seasonal hunting license required)

Sam Houston National Forest

– Sam Houston WMA: (annual public hunting permit and seasonal hunting license required) There are no zone divisions in the Sam Houston National Forest.

Angelina National Forest

– Bannister WMA: (annual public hunting permit and seasonal hunting license required)

Sabine National Forest

– Moore Plantation WMA: (annual public hunting permit and seasonal hunting license required)

The Caddo and LBJ National Grasslands will allow doe hunting without permits on Nov. 24-27. For more information, see the Texas Parks and Wildlife Outdoor Annual on antlerless deer days scheduled for Nov. 24-27.

Hunters are reminded a hunter orange cap and hunter orange vest must be worn when hunting.

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