Friday deadline for antlerless hunting permits
Houston County Courier
The deadline is Oct. 1 to submit applications to the U.S. Forest Service for a limited number of permits to hunt antlerless deer during the general season Nov. 6 through Jan. 2, 2011. Applications for the permits may be submitted electronically by applying online at www.fs.fed.us/r8/texas, or a reg-ulation postcard may be mailed to: Antlerless Deer Permit; U.S. Forest Service; 415 S. First St. Ste. 110; Lufkin, TX 75901-3801. The postcard must contain the name of hunter, address, current hunting license number and specific hunting area permit desired. Separate entries must be submitted for each licensed hunter, and only one application per hunter is allowed. Duplicate submissions will be discarded. 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 2010-2011 hunting license number and specific hunting area. Hunters are selected by random drawing and only one application per person will be accepted. A drawing will be held in mid-October to select a limited number of permits. Only those chosen will be notified. Permit availability, areas of issuance and application instructions can be obtained from the forest supervisor’s office in Lufkin. 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 antlerless deer hunt is coordinated by the U.S. Forest Service, a federal agency, and the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, a state agency, in an effort to balance the deer population with the available food and natural cover in the national forests and grasslands. Hunters are reminded a hunter orange cap and hunter orange vest must be worn when hunting.