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AUSTIN — Youth hunters will have the chance to take the first shots of the year during the special youth-only hunting season for white-tailed deer, Rio Grande turkey and waterfowl.

During the special youth hunting weekend, Oct. 25-26, hunters 16 years of age or younger are allowed to harvest white-tailed deer and Rio Grande turkey. The youth-only waterfowl season in the North and South Duck Zones is for licensed youth 15 years of age or younger. The High Plains Mallard Management Unit’s waterfowl youth hunting dates are Oct. 18-19. A Special Youth Hunting License ($7) is required.

General season bag limits for the county hunted apply during the youth-only weekend. Additional restrictions may apply in certain areas, so check the 2014-2015 Outdoor Annual for hunting and fishing regulations before heading afield.

The new Outdoor Annual mobile app is also available as a download for iOS and Android.

To make room for the new generation of Texas hunters, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department makes an extra effort to open as much public hunting land as possible for youth on department-managed lands. Youth who hunt on TPWD lands must be accompanied by a supervising adult 18 years of age or older who possessed the required Annual Public Hunting permit, a valid hunting license and any required stamps and permits.

Source: TPWD

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