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 Post Posted: Mon Jun 10, 2013 1:12 am 
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After a year of hard work, the NLDA is proud to announce that we are finally making progress on getting tracking dogs legalized in East Texas.

We would like to thank Jack Jetton, Mitch Lockwood, and Clayton Wolf for supporting this regulation change and bringing it before the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission.

The counties where the commission is voting to allow the trailing of dogs with deer later this year are:

Harris, Harrison, Houston, Jefferson, Liberty, Montgomery, Panola, Polk, Rusk, San Jacinto, Trinity, and Walker.

The proposal was presented to the Commission during the May meeting and they authorized staff to publish it in the TX Register, so there will be public hearings this summer. The Commission will take action (whether to adopt or not) on the proposal at the August meeting.

We don't have any info on meeting dates and locations yet but we will need to plan to get folks out to those meetings to support the proposal. We promise to keep everyone in the loop as that information becomes available.

Thanks to our membership for their continued support. We are working diligently on this issue.

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 Post Posted: Mon Jun 10, 2013 2:39 am 
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Good job and thanks for all the efforts. Keep us posted on meetings

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 Post Posted: Mon Jun 10, 2013 6:52 am 
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Yup I'm in


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 Post Posted: Mon Jun 10, 2013 1:52 pm 
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Although she won't say it, it is truly Courtney who deserves all the credit for keeping this ball rolling and actually accomplishing what others have tried to get done for years. ^:)^

There is a big difference between those who talk about doing something, and those who get things done. ;)

Onward and upward with the positives!

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 Post Posted: Mon Jun 10, 2013 6:16 pm 
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Great job Court!


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 Post Posted: Mon Jun 10, 2013 7:39 pm 
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Thank you to Courtney, Rod, and everyone else who has been involved!

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 Post Posted: Mon Jun 10, 2013 7:54 pm 
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Thanks Courtney, not only for this, but for all that you do!

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 Post Posted: Thu Jul 11, 2013 11:00 am 
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So far, it looks like there will be public hearings in Woodville on July 30, Lufkin on July 31, and Hemphill on August 1. Specific locations and other information have yet to be determined, but we intend to finalize very soon. We will keep you all posted.

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 Post Posted: Thu Jul 11, 2013 10:44 pm 
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If needed to attend let me know I wouldn't mind demonstrating Amos on a "mock trail" if needed at any of the locations


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 Post Posted: Mon Jul 22, 2013 9:28 am 
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Ok, guys. We now have times and locations for the public meetings. I plan to attend at least two of these. If you want to attend a meeting, you need to be in support of the TPWD proposals. If we try to push for all of the counties this time, it could put the ones we have proposed in jeopardy. We can go for the rest of them in a year or two.

News Release Media Contact: Steve Lightfoot 512-389-4701, steve.lightfoot@tpwd.texas.gov

July 18, 2013

TPWD Taking Public Comment on Use of Dogs to Trail Wounded Deer

Hearings Slated for Woodville, Lufkin and Hemphill

AUSTIN – Hunters could use dogs to trail a wounded deer in 12 counties in East Texas, a practice that has been prohibited in this area of the state since 1990, under a proposal being considered by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD).

A series of public meetings will be held to provide details of the proposal and give the public an opportunity to comment. The Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission is expected to take action on the proposed change at its August 22 meeting at TPWD headquarters in Austin.

In 1990 TPWD adopted rules prohibiting the use of dogs to trail wounded deer in 34 East Texas counties. The rulemaking was necessary because the department determined that dogs were being used unlawfully to hunt deer, which was causing depletion of the resource.

By 2000, TPWD determined that the practice of using dogs to hunt deer had declined to the point of being nonexistent in some of those counties and removed the prohibition in 10 of those counties. TPWD now believes the prohibition could be lifted in an additional 12 counties, including: Harris, Harrison, Houston, Jefferson, Liberty, Montgomery, Panola, Polk, Rusk, San Jacinto, Trinity, and Walker.

Details about the proposal, along with an opportunity to provide public comment, can be found online at http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/business/fe ... _dog.phtml . Comment may also be made in writing to Robert Macdonald, TPWD Regulations Coordinator, 4200 Smith School Rd., Austin, TX 78744, in person at any of the following public hearings or at the TPWD annual public hearing on Aug. 21 at 2 p.m. at the above address.

TPWD Public Hearing Calendar

All meetings are set to begin at 6 p.m.

Tuesday, July 30 in Woodville at the Woodville Elementary School Community Room, 306 Kirby Drive.

Wednesday, July 31 in Lufkin at the Angelina County Courthouse District Courtroom, 215 East Lufkin Avenue.

Thursday, Aug. 1 in Hemphill at the Sabine County Courthouse District Courtroom, 201 Main Street.

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 Post Posted: Tue Jul 23, 2013 2:16 pm 
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Whether you attend a meeting or not, everyone needs to go to this webpage:

http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/business/feedback/public_comment/proposals/201308_deer_dog.phtml,

scroll to the bottom where it says "Comment on Trailing Wounded Deer With Dogs" and click Agree Completely. You can send an additional comment if you want to but we are finished negotiating at this point, so the best thing you can do is show support for the proposal. Tell your friends to do the same!

At the meeting on August 22nd, they will tally up the comments and read the statistics. It doesn't matter what county you live in, every positive comment makes a difference.

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 Post Posted: Tue Jul 23, 2013 7:14 pm 
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done

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 Post Posted: Thu Aug 01, 2013 11:19 am 
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Courtney, DJ, and I attended the meeting in Lufkin last night. The first half of the meeting was devoted to the proposed changes, and the second half was for discussion of whitetail management practices.

Several TPWD officials were in attendance, including Carter Smith, Executive Director of Texas Parks and Wildlife. There were also a few game wardens, a rep from State Representative Trent Ashby's office, and interested East Texans like us.

Clayton Wolf, Wildlife Division Director, explained the history surrounding the regulation making tracking with dogs illegal, and then gave an overview of the proposal. Everyone who registered to speak (including Courtney) was in favor of lifting the regulations in the 10 proposed counties. They all had valid points, and I enjoyed the comments and stories.

We stayed for the presentations about whitetail deer from three other TPWD officials. They covered the results that TPWD is seeing from the antler restrictions imposed a few years ago, and a few other topics. After the meeting, we visited for a while with a couple who manage a ranch in Houston County. They are interested in buying a Lacy to train for tracking.

I was glad that we attended, and DJ and I really appreciate Courtney making the trip from the Hill Country to represent our East Texas NLDA members!

YOU CAN STILL REGISTER YOUR OPINION ONLINE! Leave a comment, or simply click "I AGREE COMPLETELY" at this link. http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/business/fe ... _dog.phtml

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 Post Posted: Thu Aug 01, 2013 2:20 pm 
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Sounds like it was really interesting. Glad that you and DJ were able to go and be there with Courtney. I'm proud!

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 Post Posted: Thu Aug 01, 2013 3:55 pm 
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Very nice recap, Amber. Thank you!

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