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Comal County’s hunting season for whitetail deer opened Nov. 4 and ends Jan. 7.

Late season runs from Jan. 8 through Jan. 21 2018,, when harvest is restricted to antlerless deer and unbranched antlered bucks. An unbranched antlered buck is any buck deer with an antler having no more than one point.

Canyon Lake-area hunters can expect a pretty good year, according to Texas Parks & Wildlife.

Alan Cain, White-Tailed Deer Program leader, says good habitat conditions last winter and early spring set the stage for good antler growth and good body condition and fawn production.

“It did dry up late spring and early summer, and so antler growth will probably be average but  the deer population is very healthy,” he says. “We have a robust white-tailed deer population in Texas.”

Due to over-population common across the state, TPWD encourages hunter to take a full bag limit. Excess harvesting can be donated to Hunters for the Hungry or other charitable organizations.

For more information about 2017-2018 white-tail deer hunting season and regulations, click here.

Comal County is not in the zone for Chronic Wasting Disease, but hunters are asked to watch for signs of the neurological disease, which does not affect hunters.

Elizabeth Bates, a New Braunfels-based parks and wildlife biologist with Texas Parks & Wildlife, says hunters who are worried can have harvested deer tested by the state.

Bates works with landowners, governmental agencies, homeowners’ and property owners’ associations in Comal and Kendall counties to help  manage wildlife and provide technical guidance. For contact information, click here.

Printed copies of Texas Parks and Wildlife’s Outdoor Annual of Hunting and Fishing Regulations are available at hunting license sales outlets, and as free mobile apps. Click here for apps and here for general outdoor hunting information about county-specific bag limits and season dates.

Texas boasts a whitetail deer population in excess of 4 million. Deer hunting is a thriving industry that brings in around $2 billion into the state’s economy. It’s especially important to small rural towns where deer hunting is a big part of everyday life.

Regulations for Comal County

North Zone East of IH 35 – Bag Limit four deer, no more than two bucks, and no more than two antlerless, all seasons combined.
Antler Restrictions – The provisions of this clause do not apply on properties for which Level 2 or Level 3 MLDPs have been issued. For the seasons listed above, a legal buck is a buck deer having at least one unbranched antler, or an inside spread of 13 inches or greater. The inside spread requirement does not apply to any buck that has an unbranched antler. Not more than one buck with an inside spread of 13 inches or greater may be taken.

MLDP – If MLDP buck tags have been issued for a property, harvest is by MLDP tag only and all bucks must be tagged with a MLDP tag. If MLDP antlerless tags have been issued for a property, harvest is by MLDP tag only and all antlerless deer must be tagged with a MLDP antlerless tag. The landowner or designated agent are responsible for providing MLDP tags to the hunters on MLDP properties.

North Zone West of IH 35 – Bag Limit 5 deer, no more than two bucks, all seasons combined.

MLDP-  If MLDP buck tags have been issued for a property, harvest is by MLDP tag only and all bucks must be tagged with a MLDP tag. If MLDP antlerless tags have been issued for a property, harvest is by MLDP tag only and all antlerless deer must be tagged with a MLDP antlerless tag. The landowner or designated agent are responsible for providing MLDP tags to the hunters on MLDP properties.

Changes to Deer Season Regulations

Changes to deer season regulations last year included new provisions for the special late season in January, which now restricts harvest to antlerless and unbranched antlered deer. An unbranched antlered deer is one that has at least one antler with no more than one point. An additional 14 Panhandle counties were added to the general season, along with additional “doe days” in 26 East Texas counties.

 

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