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Avoid these Common Deer Season Hunting Violations

[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.